'iforgot.apple.com' Email Scam

The ‘iforgot.apple.com’ scam has been getting traction recently. This tactic is a rather elaborated plan of defrauding Apple users from their login credentials. The authors of the tactic use emails to achieve their ends. They have made sure to tailor the emails in a way that makes them appear legitimate to the user. The actors behind the ‘iforgot.apple.com’ scam have used an HTML code, which is meant to trick the user and make them believe that they are being redirected to the official Apple website, when in fact they are being directed to a bogus Web page that belongs to the con artists. Users need to remember always to keep a close eye on the URL when clicking on an email link. Oftentimes, con artists would use very similar domain names to the legitimate ones, therefore, reducing the chances of the user to detect that something is...

Posted on September 13, 2019 in Adware

Celeb-secret.live

Celeb-secret.live used to host a page with rather shady content. This Web page will ask you to allow it to send you browser notifications. While asking for permission to display browser notifications is not a shady practice overall, as many legitimate websites do this, dodgy pages like the Celeb-secret.live are not to be trusted when it comes to any permissions. Genuine websites will use this feature to inform you when your favorite streamer is online or send you the latest breaking news. However, websites like the Celeb-secret.live page are likely to spam you with constant unwanted advertisements. A sub-directory at Celeb-secret.live/lp/edchargin/lp1 is where the prompt responsible for the notifications is hosted. The Celeb-secret.live also will play an audio clip that states ‘Sweetie, please press the ‘Allow’ button to continue.’ The...

Posted on September 13, 2019 in Browser Hijackers

'863-440-7836' Scam

The '863-440-7836' scam appears to be claiming more and more victims in the United States. Many users have already reported being targeted by the con artists behind the '863-440-7836' scam. It would appear that the primary goal of the con artists is to get their hands on information about the victims, namely financial details. Like most con artists, the ones responsible for the '863-440-7836' scam have different scripts, which they switch around. However, most of the statements coming in from people who had become targets of the con artists state that these shady individuals presented themselves as employees of Microsoft. This is likely done because the name Microsoft has a lot of recognition among users, and, thus, the con artists may appear more legitimate. While speaking with the targeted user, the con artists would state that they...

Posted on September 12, 2019 in Adware

'Debug malware error 895-system 32.exe failure' Pop-Ups

Many con artists worldwide have taken up creating fake technical support services and have been bombarding users with misleading pop-ups. One of these cases is the 'Debug malware error 895-system 32.exe failure' scam. Such con artists are known for using aggressive marketing and a variety of social engineering techniques to achieve their goals. In this case, the con artists present the users with a bogus BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) page with all sorts of false technical information designed to intimidate the users into thinking that there is something really wrong with their system. On top of this fraudulent BSOD, the 'Debug malware error 895-system 32.exe failure' pop-ups will appear. Such pop-ups usually aim to convince the user to download and install a rogue application, which is supposedly going to fix all the issues present on...

Posted on September 12, 2019 in Adware

SearchMine

The SearchMine application is a very silent and dodgy piece of software circulating the Web. It would appear that the SearchMine software is being propagated via a bogus 'Adobe Flash Player Update.' Users have reported that they were presented with the update on a website they had visited. Often, shady websites would be used to propagate dodgy applications via fake updates. Such sites tend to state that the user will need to apply the update if they want to be able to view their content. This technique allows the spreading of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), various adware, as well as browser hijackers. The SearchMine software can be classified as a browser hijacker. This application is able to install itself on the user's system quietly without them ever noticing its presence. The SearchMine targets all popular Web browsers such...

Posted on September 12, 2019 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

WebHelper

The 'WebHelper.exe' appears to be causing trouble to many users online with more reports pilling up daily. The 'WebHelper.exe' process belongs to the WebHelper application. This piece of software does not seem to have a legitimate publisher or a website linked with it. The only place where one can come across the WebHelper application is in various software bundles. It is likely that low-quality torrent tools may be responsible for the propagation of the WebHelper application. In its nature, the WebHelper software is not threatening and thus cannot be categorized as unsafe. However, its presence on your system may cause it to slow down, as this application tends to use up big portions of the CPU resources. There have been reports, which state that the WebHelper application may bombard users with advertisements promoting different...

Posted on September 12, 2019 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

'Please press allow to continue' Pop-Ups

If you get a 'Please press allow to continue' pop-up, do not fret; this does not mean that there is anything shady going on necessarily. Most contemporary Web browsers display such messages, and they are harmless. However, con artists and shady individuals do not hesitate to exploit genuine features to achieve their own ends. This is the case with the 'Please press allow to continue' pop-ups exactly. News and gossip websites are known for asking for permission to display pop-ups with the latest updates. It is not just legitimate websites, which take advantage of this browser feature, and there are many dodgy websites who also ask for the same permission. However, the pop-ups they display do not provide interesting and engaging information, but dubious marketing content. In other words, they will use the pop-up feature to spam the user...

Posted on September 12, 2019 in Adware

Pushwhy.com

The Pushwhy.com Web page appears to be widely associated with the spamming of advertisements. It also is likely that the website itself may have been marketed to users via adware. People who have visited the Pushwhy.com page have reported that if they have an anti-malware tool installed on their system, the security application will show a notification that it has prevented the connection with the Pushwhy.com website. It would seem that this shady web page may be attempting to insert its advertisements into the Web browsers of users. The Pushwhy.com website does not appear to be spreading any malware or other harmful content. However, the Pushwhy.com page does appear to be rather dodgy so we would advise you to avoid clicking on any advertisements promoted by this site. The activity of the Pushwhy.com has been linked to two other,...

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Browser Hijackers

'Your system is heavily damaged by (4) Four virus!' Pop-Ups

Fake security software and technical support services are often marketed by spam advertisement aggressively. Not only are users often bombarded with pop-ups and other advertisements, but the messages in these advertisements are exaggerated heavily if not outright made up. This is the case with the 'Your system is heavily damaged by (4) Four virus!' pop-ups. These advertisements use social engineering techniques to scare the users into believing that their system has been infected with malware. Additionally, they time-pressure the users by stating that they may have data collected if they do not take measures immediately. The 'Your system is heavily damaged by (4) Four virus!' pop-ups suggest that the user takes advantage of their offer and install their software, which is meant to take care of all the issues that are supposedly present...

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Adware

'800-633-4227' Scam

There are people out there who lack scruples and do not mind living off the backs of innocent people. Some con artists are very inventive and know how to hide their caller ID and instead mask it as a legitimate ID from a reputable institution like the Medicare Health Insurance Program. These fraudsters are able to disguise their phone number as the '800-633-4227' number that belongs to the healthcare institution, therefore making the tactic much more believable. The Federal Communications Commission has issued a statement on the matter informing the population that the '800-633-4227' is legitimate but is only used for receiving calls, therefore if you are being contacted by this phone number it is highly likely that you are targeted by con artists. This tactic is threatening particularly, as the con artists are not just trying to push...

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Adware

'800-531-5000' Scam

The '800-531-5000' scam is a tactic, which is running rampant in the United States. The individuals with questionable morals responsible for this tactic use a variety of social engineering techniques to trick the users into trusting them. They tell users that they have won a promotion for the DirecTV service. This means that they get once chance to subscribe for the service as a significantly lower price. It is crucial to note that the DirecTV service is legitimate and has nothing to do with the con artists behind the '800-531-5000' scam. To cover up any potential tracks, these shady individuals may require the payment to be completed with an iTunes Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, and other similar alternative means. This should raise a red flag as no legitimate companies would require payment in the shape of gift cards immediately....

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Adware

'Helpme.net' Technical Support Scam

The 'Helpme.net' website is meant to appear as a legitimate Web page that would offer you solutions to various technical problems you may have on your PC. However, the 'Helpme.net' site is not in the business of cybersecurity, quite the opposite. The 'Helpme.net' website is likely to be promoted with constant pop-up advertisements. These advertisements would attempt to trick the users into believing that their PCs are in urgent need of maintenance. This is attained by presenting the user with fake and severely overexaggerated reports about serious technical issues present on their systems. They also would time-pressure the person by stating that the issues in question need to be resolved as soon as possible. The supposed issues that the 'Helpme.net' site reports to the user vary from infection with malware to hacking attempts. The...

Posted on September 10, 2019 in Adware

Advanced Mac Cleaner

It is a well-known fact that malware for OSX is now available, and users of Mac computers and laptops should take the required measures to protect their devices. However, harmful malware is by far not the only problematic software that Mac users should look out for – there are also countless of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs), which, while not unsafe, can be very annoying to deal with. A popular example of such a PUP is the Advanced Mac Cleaner, a system optimization utility, which might provide false results so that it appears more efficient than it really is. The Advanced Mac Cleaner is not advertised as a paid software suite – both its official website and its advertisements offer a free download. What users might not know is that the free version of the Advanced Mac Cleaner is limited in terms of functionality – it can only...

Posted on September 10, 2019 in Potentially Unwanted Programs

'Google Chrome Critical ERROR' Pop-Ups

The 'Google Chrome Critical ERROR' is a pop-up campaign targeting users of the most common Web browsers – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. The goal of the pop-up ads is to intimidate the user into believing that they have become a victim of malware or that there is some other serious technical issue with their operating system or their browser. Often, the pop-ups also will pressure the user further by stating that these supposed issues present need to be settled soon. This is a common social engineering trick, which is designed to manipulate the user into taking actions they normally would not. More tech-savvy users may spot tactics like this right away, but shady individuals like the ones responsible for the 'Google Chrome Critical ERROR' rely on tricking less-experienced users. The 'Google Chrome...

Posted on September 10, 2019 in Adware

123Movies Ads

123Movies Ads screenshot

The 123Movies website is a page that hosts pirated movies and TV shows. Not only is it illicit to download or view pirated content, but it also can end up being harmful, as dodgy streaming platforms like the 123Movies are known to deliver unsafe ads to their users. Such dubious Web pages often work with elaborate networks of untrustworthy advertisers, which are known for bombarding users with shady advertisements. These advertisements tend to promote gambling platforms, cam sites, adult entertainment, fake promotions, and giveaways, etc. Needless to say that services and products that are involved in such shady marketing techniques are often of low-quality and standards. 123Movies Ads may...

Posted on September 10, 2019 in Adware