Threat Database Browser Hijackers

By CagedTech in Browser Hijackers

Computer users have been complaining that their Web browsers are asking for an update for Flash Player displaying a pop-up window from the domain repeatedly. This is known as a deceiving tactic. In fact, fake updates for Flash Player are among the most common way to distribute threats or Potentially Unwanted Programs, generally, a less threatening type of component that still retains many symptoms and behaviors commonly associated with threats. pop-ups may affect the most commonly used Web browsers, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, running on most operating systems, including all versions of Windows from Windows 8.1 to Windows XP and before.

How the Pop-Up Works

The pop-up may appear suddenly asking the computer user to update Flash Player. In many cases, may try to initiate a file download automatically. The appearance of the pop-up may indicate the presence of a PUP or threats on an affected computer. However, it may also mean that the website you are visiting may contain threatening or poorly monitored advertising content. If the pop-up appears only when you visit a certain website, it may be the problem of the website rather than a component installed on your computer. However, if appears regardless of the website you visit, then it is highly likely that a PUP or a threat is causing the pop-up to appear. Whatever is the case, it is fundamental to treat the pop-up with caution. Refuse to open any downloaded files and run a scan of your entire computer with a reliable, fully updated anti-malware program capable of detecting and removing threats as well as less severe applications such as PUPs.

Frequent Symptoms that may be Associated with

Some of the most usual problems that may be related to and similar suspicious domains linked to PUPs may include:

  • may appear in a new window or tab that's difficult to close or remove.
  • may try to prevent you from accessing certain websites, often redirecting you instead to repeatedly.
  • offers a fake update for Flash Player. Fake browser or other application updates are among the most common ways of distributing threats.
  • may be associated with the appearance of a large number of irritating advertisements on your computer.
  • The appearance of may cause your computer and Web browser to become slower than normal, crash frequently or freeze. and Its Fake Updates

You should avoid these types of fake Flash Player updates. According to the message, will supposedly update your Flash Player to 'Version 11.9.900.117' and claim that 'if you're not using the latest version of Flash Player your version may contain vulnerabilities which may be used to attack your computer.' In fact, these supposed 'security updates' may be additional PUPs and adware threats. Some known adware or PUPs linked to include LyricsBar (a toolbar that offers to add lyrics to your Web browser for songs listened to on your media player), a toolbar offering free smilies and emoticons, and a fake version of the AVG Antivirus that may install an unwanted toolbar and try to convince you to purchase expensive, bogus security software.

The is associated with these and numerous other online threats whose main purpose is to make money at your expense, track your browsing data, and attempt to take over your Web browser. PC security analysts contemplate the pop-up and similar components as potential problems to your computer's that should be dealt with at once. Remove any newly installed Web browser toolbars, extensions or software, revert any changes made to your Web browser's settings and use a strong security program to scan your computer.


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