Threat Database Adware '' Pop-Up

'' Pop-Up

By GoldSparrow in Adware

The '' pop-up is part of a bogus technical support tactic that involves tricking inexperienced computer users so that they may call a fake technical support telephone number. The '' pop-up will claim that there are numerous problems on the affected computer. The '' pop-up will suggest that computer users call an included telephone number to fix these supposed problems. The '' pop-up does not indicate any real problems on an affected computer. Rather, the '' pop-up indicates the presence of a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) on the affected computer that may cause the '' pop-up itself and other similar pop-ups to appear. Once computer users call the phone number included in the '' pop-up, the person answering the phone call will attempt to convince them to disclose their information such as banking data or credit card details. These types of bogus technical support services may try to trick inexperienced computer users to install another PUP on the affected computer.

How the '' pop-up Tactic may Fool PC Users

The type of tactic associated with the '' pop-up is well known. Malware analysts strongly advise computer users to ignore all the instructions included in the '' pop-up. The '' pop-up is entirely designed to carry out this tactic and does not have a shred of truth. The '' pop-up and similar pop-ups will try to convince computer users that the '' pop-up is associated with Windows, Microsoft or other legitimate developers. In most cases, the '' pop-up and similar pop-ups may try to convince computer users that the problems found on the computer are severe errors that require immediate attention. Messages like the '' pop-up are designed to trick inexperienced computer users by using technical jargon and misleading language to carry out their tactics.

Why does the '' pop-up may Appear on a Computer?

In most cases, the appearance of the '' pop-up indicates that there is a PUP on the affected computer. The '' pop-up may also indicate that the computer user has visited a website with poorly regulated advertising content that may deliver PUPs or even threats to visitors' computers. PUPs associated with the '' pop-up may be installed automatically, bundled with other software. The most common technique involves including PUPs along with other software, installing the PUP at the same time as the application downloaded by the computer user.

PUPs associated with the '' pop-up are not threatening, despite the fact that some sources may categorize them as 'viruses' or 'Trojans.' PUPs may be designed to generate revenue at the expense of computer users by using misleading language and social engineering. However, unlike viruses and Trojans, PUPs do not attack the affected computer directly and are non-destructive. The '' pop-up tactic involves deception, designed to beguile inexperienced computer users. Apart from the '' pop-up, there may be numerous other symptoms with these types of PUPs. Common symptoms that may be linked to the '' pop-up include the following:

  • The '' pop-up and similar pop-up messages may be quite irritating, interrupting the affected Web browser repeatedly and preventing computer users from connecting to the Internet effectively.
  • PUPs associated with the '' pop-up may cause performance issues on affected computers. These types of programs may consume system resources and bandwidth, making the affected computer slow and unstable.
  • PUPs associated with the '' pop-up may change the affected Web browser's settings, affecting its default search engine and homepage.
  • PUPs linked to the '' pop-up may increase the risk for other infections by lowering the affected Web browser's security settings.


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