The '800-316-2052' pop-ups are fraudulent security alerts that may try to instigate contact between the PC user and a con artist posing as a support technician. These attacks may be part of plans to defraud you of money, hijack your bank accounts or gain access to your computer. In addition to using standard anti-malware tools for removing the '800-316-2052' pop-ups that reoccur, malware experts also would recommend avoiding all websites associated with the '800-316-2052' pop-ups, which may contain other, hazardous content that could trigger automatically.
The New Con Artists Engineering Their Way into Your Computer
Technical support tactics may be nothing new to the Internet, but malware researchers see new variants of the same hoaxes regularly. The '800-316-2052' pop-ups are one variant of this phenomenon that they detected operating in late 2015, sometimes accompanied by cold calls. The latter method implies that third parties had already accessed the PC user's phone numbers through other means, such as a previously successful phishing attack. Whether the attack delivers itself through the phone or the '800-316-2052' pop-ups, the con artist always depicted themselves as part of a 'Microsoft-certified' technical support team.
Con artists associated with these attacks claimed to have identified security alerts originating from the user's PC, as part of an opening transition into offering PC diagnostic services. PC users aware of Microsoft's standard operating procedure will note that support technicians never will cold call a PC user or use in-browser pop-ups like the '800-316-2052' pop-ups as means of conveying critical security information.
Differently, the '800-316-2052' pop-ups con artists may conduct different types of attacks during the conversations, but malware experts have found the following issues as particularly recurring:
- Con artists may ask you to modify your PC in ways that give them access to it, such as by installing a remote desktop tool. These applications aren't always threatening, but may, in unlawful hands, give third parties access to your PC similar to the capabilities of any backdoor Trojan. From there, they may collect information, install threats or modify your other system settings at will.
- Some con artists prefer encouraging PC users into making fraudulent cash transactions for PC security services or software that, in almost all cases, are fraudulent or fictitious. Suggested price values may be as high as one hundred USD or more.
Certifying that Your PC is Clean of the '800-316-2052' pop-ups
Web surfers who stay aware of standard business protocols for PC security companies will have no troubles avoiding the hotline-based tactics of threats like the '800-316-2052' pop-ups. However, these PC threats also may serve twin purposes as delivery vehicles for threatening or unwanted software that may install themselves through embedded, invisible Web scripts. The '800-316-2052' pop-ups and their older counterparts, such as the '844-534-8203' Pop-Ups and the '647-360-4456' Pop-Up, also may be launched by browser-hijacking threats that don't require your browser to load any particular Website.
After coming into contact with the '800-316-2052' pop-ups or other suspicious pop-ups, you should close your browser and restart your computer. Switching to Safe Mode (through methods dependent on your OS version) will stop any unwanted programs from running, and allow your PC security programs to scan your system safely. However, removing the '800-316-2052' pop-ups will not undo any damage dealt through conversations with their con artists. Make contact with your credit card company or bank, if appropriate, for further advice on how to handle breaches of your financial security.
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