Threat Database Adware

By GoldSparrow in Adware

The name of the URL makes it seem as if this address checks your Web browser for updates. However, PC security analysts have associated with a tactic that involves tricking inexperienced computer users into downloading fake updates for their Web browsers, for Flash Player and for other applications or platforms. Computer users should avoid interacting with the pop-up advertisement, since there is a high risk of installing a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) or even threat components. Fake Flash player updates are among the most common way of disguising threat infections, meaning that it is entirely possible that may be used to distribute threats as well as PUPs. If you are receiving pop-ups regardless of the websites you visit, then it is highly likely that a PUP is already present on your computer.

How may be Used to Dupe Computer Users

There are many kinds of threats that may infiltrate a computer and attack your files and data. However, the most common way of distributing malware and profiting at the expense of computer users is through social engineering tactics, that is, lying to computer users in order to trick them into downloading unwanted components or giving up their money or online banking credentials. The pop-up lies to computer users in an attempt to convince them to install a fake browser or Flash Player update. Once installed, this fake update may be used to carry out other hoaxes on the affected computer. The pop-up is just one of many pop-up messages that may appear as a result of other PUP infections. If a Web browser is displaying pop-ups, this may mean that it is also displaying other kinds of pop-up messages advertising bogus technical support tactics or advertisements for shady online services or products. Computer users should avoid interacting in any way with the dialog since it may result in additional redirects and pop-ups or downloading and installing an unwanted component onto the affected computer.

Problems and Symptoms that may be Associated with the Pop-Up

If you are receiving multiple instances of the pop-up, this may mean that your computer is housing a PUP. pop-ups may never occur in isolation; they may be accompanied by a variety of symptoms. Malware analysts have listed below common problems and symptoms that may accompany pop-ups:

  • PUPs associated with may not be the only kinds of pop-up messages that will appear on the affected computer. Malware researchers have received reports of a wide variety of pop-up windows that may include shady advertisements, affiliate marketing links, and notifications to call fake technical support numbers or download bogus security software.
  • PUPs linked to may interact poorly with a computer. If one of these is installed on your computer, it is likely that your computer has slowed down considerably, is prone to crashing, freezes frequently or has issues when establishing an Internet connection. Coupled with the various pop-up messages linked to, these symptoms may make affected computers very difficult to use normally.
  • pop-ups may be linked to changes made to an affected Web browser's settings. PUPs associated with may change a Web browser's homepage and new tab or window Web page. They also may change the Web browser's default websites, such as its default search engine. In many cases, the affected Web browser's security settings also may have been lowered, making it more vulnerable to other problems.
  • Affected Web browsers may be redirected to unwanted websites. These redirects may happen frequently and unexpectedly, interrupting the computer users' online activities.


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