'Required Video Codec Is Not Installed On Your Computer' Pop-Up Scam

'Required Video Codec Is Not Installed On Your Computer' Pop-Up Scam Description

The 'Required Video Codec Is Not Installed On Your Computer' pop-up tactic is a deceptive website that manipulates Internet users through a common trick. The con artists' final goal is to force people to download and install some Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). Some of the latest appearances of the 'Required Video Codec Is Not Installed On Your Computer' pop-up tactic distribute the ZLoader malware, which is considered a dropper of the Zeus banking Trojan.

In many cases, users do not visit the 'Required Video Codec Is Not Installed On Your Computer' page intentionally. Untrusty video streaming platforms are known to redirect their visitors to this website; however, adware already present on a computer also could make the browser launch such pages automatically.

When visited, the 'Required Video Codec Is Not Installed On Your Computer' website mimics the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) error screen that Windows displays when it cannot operate any longer. Additionally, the scheme presents a text message saying the system is missing some video codec and asking users to download and run some files to fix the issue. As you can think, the suggested file contains nothing but some potentially harmful program, like an adware threat or a browser hijacker. Both have harmful features that can cause severe privacy issues, so it is recommended to avoid downloading and/or opening any files from pages like the 'Required Video Codec Is Not Installed On Your Computer.'

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