Threat Database Adware '' Pop-Up

'' Pop-Up

By GoldSparrow in Adware

The '' pop-up is used to trick inexperienced computer users into calling a fake technical support phone number. The '' pop-up may freeze the computer user's Web browser and then claim that the affected Web browser is infected with some kind of threat. The '' pop-up will recommend that the affected computer user call an included telephone number. Calling this number puts the computer user's data at risk, including their banking and credit card information. It also may lead to the installation of a RAT (Remote Access Tool) and other threatening components on the affected computer. Ultimately, the purpose of these tactics is to collect data in an effort to generate monetary gain to its developers. The '' pop-up may be highly irritating and cause numerous issues on affected Web browsers. If your Web browser is displaying the '' pop-up, you should use a reliable security program that is fully up-to- date to scan your computer.

What is the Purpose of the '' Pop-Up and Similar Messages

Pop-up messages like the '' pop-up may indicate the presence of a PUP or Potentially Unwanted Program on the affected computer. PUPs may be Web browser extensions or add-ons that are designed to generate revenue at the expense of computer users, often by causing a wide variety of problems on affected computers. The sole purpose of the '' pop-up message is to generate revenue and bluff computer users. Because of this, PC security researchers strongly advise computer users to avoid following any of the instructions on the '' pop-up message; this message is not associated with any kind of reputable software developer or manufacturer and will not provide any kind of useful service that could help your computer.

The '' pop-up message is displayed by a PUP that may be bundled with low-quality software downloaded from the Web. Bundling is the most common way of distributing PUPs such as those linked to the '' pop-up. Computer users may refuse the installation of PUPs. However, the installer that delivers the PUP associated with '' pop-up may be designed to make it difficult for computer users to access the option to opt out. Some tricks that PUP developers use to deliver these kinds of components are using misleading language or hiding the opt-out option behind custom or advanced installation options. This results in sufficient people installing the PUP, which makes these kinds of tactics very profitable for those involved.

The Unwanted PUPs Linked to '' Pop-Up

PUPs are not threatening. Many computer users have reported issues with the '' pop-up virus' or similar terms. However, unlike viruses and Trojans, PUPs are low-level threats that are not destructive and do not pose a serious threat to the computer user's data directly. Indirectly, however, many PUPs may expose computer users to known deceiving tactics. For example, the '' pop-up itself prompts computer users to call a certain phone number. After calling this number, computer users may be prompted to disclose their credit card information and other data in exchange for a bogus technical support. There are numerous symptoms and other problems that may be linked to the '' pop-up, including the following:

  • PUPs associated with the '' pop-up may cause a wide variety of other pop-up messages and unwanted pop-up windows. These may be quite irritating and disrupting.
  • PUPs linked to '' pop-up may make unwanted changes to affected Web browsers' settings, often altering their security settings, default search engine and homepage automatically.
  • PUPs associated with '' pop-up may insert advertisements into Web pages viewed on affected Web browsers. These may include irritating banner advertisements and replace text with links leading to unwanted content.


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