'800-921-4167' Pop-Ups

'800-921-4167' Pop-Ups Description

The '800-921-4167' pop-ups are technical support hoaxes or tactics that may compromise your PC by faking the provision of security or repair services. You can use both browser security features and anti-malware tools to block the '800-921-4167' pop-ups. Always run anti-malware scans for your PC whenever it loads threatening Web content like the '800-921-4167' pop-ups, and refrain from providing money, information, or computer access to con artists using these messages to contact you.

The Doctor Who Comes with a Free Virus

The obvious necessity of online security can be said safely to have grown in public awareness over the past decade, but PC owners may remain in the dark about the appropriate actions to take after a successful threat attack has taken place. Con artists benefit from this uncertainty in various ways, but one of the most common is the technical support hoax, which malware researchers see in new versions routinely. The '800-921-4167' pop-ups are a new version of this seen in early 2016, continuing in operation for the past three months.

Even though malware experts see such attacks launching through advertising servers or compromised sites, some of the latest '800-921-4167' pop-ups have been linked to long-term compromises of the computer user's Web browser. These Web-browsing setting hijackings may force your browser to load the '800-921-4167' pop-ups, or misleading content equally, automatically, whether or not you've navigated to a hostile website.

The '800-921-4167' pop-ups alert the PC's user to a theoretical virus or other threat infection automatically and promote their hotline for the purpose of 'repairing' your PC simultaneously. Contrary to any appearances, the con artists operating this hotline are not Microsoft-certified technicians. In the past, malware experts saw conversations with the '800-921-4167' pop-ups' fraudsters ending in requests for running programs that could give them backdoor access to the system (in most cases, by running a third-party, remote desktop program). The Web domain last associated with the '800-921-4167' pop-ups, lima1.com, has since removed all content.

Why not to Call in Sick to a Con Artist

The people operating campaigns like those behind the '800-921-4167' pop-ups may try to take your money by 'selling' PC repair or anti-virus services that never materialize their promised results. However, such promises may be only one of many consequences of cooperating with these tactics, which also may help third parties gain access to your PC, and with it, information stored on it, such as passwords, identity information and contact lists. In terms of risk assessment, installing any software recommended through the '800-921-4167' pop-ups can be assumed to be equal to installing a backdoor Trojan.

Most misleading pop-ups may require consent from computer users before being capable of performing any other attacks. However, some versions of the '800-921-4167' pop-ups also may include non-visible, script-based content. As noted earlier, the '800-921-4167' pop-ups also may launch themselves through the attacks of browser hijackers and similar threats that take the control of the Web browser away from the PC's user. Avoid any unneeded contact or interaction with the '800-921-4167' pop-ups, and use your anti-malware products for addressing cases of the '800-921-4167' pop-ups reappearing.

As ever, PC owners will need to make equal use of both preemptive, browser-based security standards and intelligent responses to Web attacks to avoid all of the risks linked with the '800-921-4167' pop-ups.

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Posted: March 14, 2016
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