Description is a URL that may be linked to irritating fake error messages that may be used to promote a bogus technical support service. pop-ups are used to carry out a tactic that preys on inexperienced computer users. pop-ups will try to trick these computer users into paying for a fake technical support service after calling an included phone number. messages will claim that the user's computer is infected or requires a critical system update and then offer a phone number for the computer user's to call. PC security analysts strongly advise computer users to avoid calling the phone number included in messages and avoid interacting with pop-ups in any way. There is no truth to any messages or content associated with and that they may be associated with known tactics that may be used to take money from inexperienced computer users and compromise their security.

What may Cause the Pop-ups to Appear on a Computer?

If pop-ups are appearing in your Web browser, it may mean that a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) has been installed automatically. PUPs associated with may take the form of Web browser extensions or add-ons. It is also possible for pop-ups to appear when computer users are visiting websites with potentially harmful advertisement content. It is, fortunately, easy to tell the difference: if pop-ups appear only when visiting one particular domain, then this indicates a problem with that website's advertisement content. When pop-ups are being caused by a PUP, the pop-ups may appear on the affected Web browser regardless of the content being accessed by the computer user. If the PUP associated with is removed completely, it will stop additional pop-up messages and redirects from appearing on the user's computer.

The Pop-Ups, Redirects and Similar Hoaxes

Fake technical support hoaxes such as those linked to pop-ups have become increasingly common in recent years. In most cases, computer users are asked to call a fake technical support phone number. Computer users also may receive unsolicited phone calls coming from these phone numbers, attempting to convince them to sign up for a bogus technical support service. In most cases, computer users are charged hundreds of dollars for these fake technical support services. It would be inadequate enough if these were simply useless, but fake technical support services linked to and similar pop-ups may try to collect the computer users' data, install threats, and spread pop-ups and similar tactics to people on the computer user's email and social media contact lists.

Most of the damage may occur if the computer user allows con artists to gain access to the affected computer. Computer users may be asked to allow third parties to install a RAT (Remote Access Tool), or some Remote Desktop component. Although this is done under the guise of carrying out maintenance on the affected computer, this access may be used to carry out a variety of tactics and install unwanted content on the user's computer. Apart from the damage caused by this intrusion, computer users that disclose their credit card information may become victims of identity theft or some credit card fraud. Because of this, PC security researchers strongly urge computer users that have disclosed their credit card details to these people, to contact their credit card company or bank to report the fraud and cancel any charges made to their credit cards by con artists linked to pop-ups. To recover from this tactic, computer users will need to use a reliable security program that is fully up-to-date.