Threat Database Browser Hijackers

By Domesticus in Browser Hijackers

Security researchers have received numerous reports of pop-up messages and suspicious error messages associated with pop-ups may try to convince computer users that they need to download a bogus Web browser update. Typically, the message will claim that the victim's Web browser is outdated and then include a button that the computer user can press to download a Web browser update. messages may detect the victim's Web browser and then offer a fake update for that Web browser, making the message more believable. However, beware; pop-ups do not deliver actual Web browser updates. Instead, these supposed 'updates' are actually Potentially Unwanted Programs that cause a wide variety of problems on affected computers (including pop-ups like those associated with In fact, if your Web browser is displaying pop-ups, this often indicates the presence of a PUP on your computer.

What are the Functions of PUPs Associated with

PUPs are commonly considered less risky than threats due to the fact that they will seldom leave behind long term damage and may be removed using normal software removal methods. However, most PUPs have symptoms that may be just as irritating as most threats. More importantly, PUPs associated with may expose computers to more unsafe content or other PUPs as well as carry out other kind of actions that may endanger the computer users' privacy.

Putting an End on's Pop-Ups

To stop pop-ups, remove the PUP associated with this URL from your Web browser. Typically, can be uninstalled using the Windows Control Panel to remove and other unwanted programs. However, security researchers advise to scan your machine using a proven security application when the PUP has been uninstalled to ensure that no potentially harmful content remains behind.


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