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’844-436-4253′ Pop-Ups

Posted: February 22, 2016

The '844-436-4253' pop-ups are fake threat alerts that may be delivered as enablers for phishing attacks or similar tactics. While the '844-436-4253' pop-ups may include an appearance of providing real security information, they aren't legitimate warnings, and you should ignore any information they offer concerning your PC's safety. Although high browser security can limit the possible damages of the '844-436-4253' pop-ups, malware experts also encourage using anti-malware programs for removing the '844-436-4253' pop-ups or analyzing affected PCs.

A New Reason not to TreatAll Threat Alerts Equally

Although ignoring a threat warning never is a good decision, not all of these alerts necessarily should be treated the same. Besides the standard notices from default anti-malware applications and security features like the Windows Firewall, these warnings also may be abused in online tactics, such as the archetypal the '844-436-4253' pop-ups. These pop-up attacks may deliver themselves through your Web browser to promote related tactics over the phone. Malware experts saw clear evidence of their campaign in late February of 2016 even while similar hoaxes have been circulating on the Web for years.

Current formats of the '844-436-4253' pop-ups alert the readers to a 'caydoor virus' (note that 'caydoor' is not a label currently in use for any family of threat) that supposedly is infecting their PCs. Rather than recommending that computer users scan their PCs with suitable anti-malware products or take other, appropriate security steps, the '844-436-4253' pop-ups promote a fake anti-malware hotline for getting your system repaired. Taking the step of calling the '844-436-4253' pop-ups' phone number gives con artists the chance to conduct other attacks while disguising themselves as PC security professionals.

Among the various attacks associated with similar phishing tactics, malware analysts may confirm the following:

  • Con artists may ask you to transfer money to their 'company,' ostensibly for repairing your PC or providing anti-malware services. Average fees for these hoaxes tend to be unusually high (one hundred USD or more) and, in most cases, aren't connected to any real security program or service.
  • In combination with the above attack, or in preference to it, third parties also may mislead you into making system changes that create a network backdoor for them to exploit. Network backdoors in the '844-436-4253' pop-ups and other hoaxes may use remote desktop applications, although they also may use Trojans and other threats, such as CoreBot. From this remote connection, a hacker may collect information directly, make other, unsafe system changes or install new threats.

Responding When a Potentially Threatening Pop-Up Pops Up

The '844-436-4253' pop-ups need your consent, however misinformed, for con artists to cause any of the problems noted previously in this article. However, like any browser threat, the '844-436-4253' pop-ups also may deliver mechanisms for exploit kits and similar, threat-downloading attacks. Most PC owners should scan their computers with anti-malware applications as soon as possible after their browser launch the '844-436-4253' pop-ups, other pop-up hoaxes, or any similar content coming from an untrustworthy website. For preventing potential damages, malware experts emphasize updating software regularly, using strict browser settings and having anti-malware products that include Web-surfing monitoring.

Many PC security tactics may try to target Windows users, but the '844-436-4253' pop-ups may deliver themselves without discriminating between browser or operating system brands. If you do see the '844-436-4253' pop-ups in your browser, reboot your computer in Safe Mode and scan for threats with your anti-malware product of choice. To reduce any chances of the '844-436-4253' pop-ups reoccurring, malware analysts also recommend resetting your Hosts file, wiping your browser's cache, and removing all temporary 'cookie' files given by potentially unsafe sites.

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