'Security Help Page' Pop-Up

'Security Help Page' Pop-Up Description

There have been numerous reports involving the 'Security Help Page' pop-up, an intrusive pop-up message that may trick inexperienced computer users into calling a fake technical support number. The 'Security Help Page' pop-up may affect both Windows computers and Apple Mac OS X systems. The 'Security Help Page' pop-up may claim that there are problems on the affected Web browser and recommends calling an included phone number in order to receive technical support. Of course, any supposed problems on the affected computer are caused by the PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) associated with the 'Security Help Page' pop-up itself or other unwanted content associated with this irritating pop-up message.

PUPs Associated with the 'Security Help Page' Pop-Up

The 'Security Help Page' pop-up is caused by Web browser extensions, plug-ins and add-ons that may be installed on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. These types of PUPs may be used to generate revenue from advertisements, pop-up windows and Web browser redirects. PUPs associated with 'Security Help Page' pop-up may be bundled with other software and distributed on disreputable or public platforms. As soon as a PUP is installed on an affected computer, the 'Security Help Page' pop-up may appear every time a new tab or window is opened on the affected Web browser. Websites linked to the 'Security Help Page' pop-up may contain threatening or harmful content. These websites try to con inexperienced computer users, convincing them to call the phone number contained in the 'Security Help Page' pop-up.

The 'Security Help Page' Pop-Up Tactic and Its Associated Problems

According to the 'Security Help Page' pop-up message, the affected computer is infected with threats. This is, of course, not true, apart from the PUP associated with the 'Security Help Page' pop-up. When computer users call this phone number, they are instructed to pay about $200 USD for the threat removal service. The following are two messages that have been associated with the 'Security Help Page' pop-up:

'You might be infected with adware / spyware virus
Call 1-866-928-0684 immediately. Fast assistance with removing viruses.
(Toll-FREE, High Priority Call Line)
What you must do:
More about the virus:
Seeing these pop-up's means that you may have a virus installed on your computer which puts the security of your personal data at a serious risk. It’s strongly advised that you call the number above and get your computer fixed before you continue using your internet, especially for shopping.'

Possible Privacy Breach if virus not removed immediately:
Data exposed to risk:
1. Your credit card details and banking information
2. Your e-mail passwords and other account passwords
3. Your Facebook, Skype, AIM, ICQ and other chat logs
4. Your private photos, family photos and other sensitive files
5. Your webcam could be accessed remotely by stalkers with a VPN virus

Action Required

Windows Virus Warning!

Identity Theft and Hacking Possibilities

Identity Theft and Hacking Possibilities
Contact emergency virus support now – 1-844-345-5488
The system may find (149) viruses that pose a serious threat:

Trojan.FakeAV-Download
Spyware.Banker.Id
Trojan.FakeAV-Download'

There is no truth to these messages. There are numerous websites that may be associated with the 'Security Help Page' pop-up. There are also various other symptoms. Affected Web browsers may display pop-up messages and windows apart from the 'Security Help Page' pop-up. They also may replace text on websites viewed on the affected Web browser with links. Apart from the PUP that may cause the 'Security Help Page' pop-up, other PUPs may be installed on affected Web browsers. The people that answer the 'Security Help Page' pop-up phone number will try to convince computer users to disclose their credit card details, banking information and other personal data. Computer users also may be convinced to install other PUPs or RATs (Remote Access Trojans) on the affected Web browser.