Threat Database Adware '' Pop-Ups

'' Pop-Ups

By GoldSparrow in Adware

PC security researchers have received reports involving the '' pop-ups. The '' pop-ups will claim that there is a threat problem on the affected computer. They will include a phone number for affected computer users to call in order to supposedly fix these problems. The '' pop-ups are part of a known tactic that is designed to trick inexperienced computer users into paying for a bogus technical support service. Malware analysts strongly advise computer users to avoid interacting with the '' pop-ups. Computer users should avoid calling the phone number contained in the '' pop-ups, since this may expose them to additional hoaxes. The presence of the '' pop-ups on a computer may indicate the presence of a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) on the affected Web browser. Removal of this PUP should stop the '' pop-ups from appearing.

Known Tactics that may be Related to the '' Pop-Ups

The most common '' pop-ups will try to make it seem as if the affected computer is infected with threats, claiming that calling the phone number in the message can help computer users remove the threats and make their computers faster and more efficient. The main purpose of messages like the ones displayed by the '' pop-up is not to alert computer users of any real threat issue. Rather, the '' pop-ups are designed to trick inexperienced computer users into paying for a threat removal service. PUPs associated with the '' pop-ups may be installed as Web browser extensions and, as soon as they are installed, they may make various harmful changes to the affected Web browser's settings. In some rare cases, the '' pop-ups do not indicate the presence of a PUP on the affected Web browser, but a problem with the advertising content of a website in particular. However, if the' pop-ups appear regardless of the website being visited, and they appear frequently and accompanied by other symptoms, then it is almost certain that a PUP has been installed, and it should be removed at once. If a Web browser is displaying the '' pop-ups, PC security researchers recommend the use of a reputable security program to ensure that no unwanted content has been installed and remove any PUPs present on the affected Web browser.

Problems that may be Associated With the '' Pop-Ups

PUPs associated with the '' pop-ups are not considered threats (like Trojans, viruses, and other components that are destructive and difficult to remove). However, the '' pop-ups are used to promote real-life hoaxes that involve tricking inexperienced computer users into paying hundreds of dollars for fake technical support services. The tactic carried out through this phone number associated with the '' pop-ups also may include attempting to obtain the computer user’s credit card numbers and other data, as well as convincing them to install a RAT (Remote Access Trojan) for supposed 'technical support' purposes. PC security analysts have also linked the '' pop-ups to several problems that may include the following:

  • The '' pop-ups may be linked to performance issues on affected computers. PUPs associated with the '' pop-ups may make affected Web browsers to become slower than normal, sluggish and prone to crashing.
  • The '' pop-ups may be associated with numerous other pop-ups and unwanted content, such as advertisements and links added to websites viewed on the affected Web browser.
  • The '' pop-ups may be associated with unwanted changes made to Web browser settings. The '' pop-ups may indicate that the affected Web browser's homepage, default search engine and security settings have been changed automatically.
  • The presence of the '' pop-ups and their associated PUP may indicate that other PUPs also may be present on the affected computer; PUPs and other low-level threats rarely attack by themselves.


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