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’844-534-8203′ Pop-Ups

Posted: May 20, 2015

Threat Metric

Ranking: 8,305
Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 1,937
First Seen: May 20, 2015
Last Seen: October 14, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The '844-534-8203' pop-ups are technical support misleading tactics used to gain illicit access to your PC, collect information or con their victims into transferring money to third parties. Although the '844-534-8203' pop-ups associate with websites that reference Microsoft, they're unaffiliated with Microsoft or any other legitimate PC company. Contact with sites associated with the '844-534-8203' pop-ups is equivalent to loading a threatening website, and malware analysts advise using anti-malware scanning technology to disinfect any PC being subjected to these attacks.

2015's Version of a Blue Screen of Death

Although Blue Screens of Death or BSoDs were a much-lamented fixture of Windows previously, modern versions of that OS have increased stability with a corresponding decrease in these error messages. However, third parties still occasionally rely on the well-known BsoD format when creating hoaxes, such as malware experts have seen in the recent phishing campaign for the '844-534-8203' pop-ups. These pop-ups typically are delivered through microsoftsecurities.info, a corrupted website that uses its name to fake a connection to the Microsoft Corporation.

Contact with that site and corresponding encounters with the '844-534-8203' pop-ups may trigger through adware programs that may create pop-ups independently of your advertisement viewing settings or be a result of redirects from a third-party site. Current samples of the '844-534-8203' pop-ups claim to have found .NET Framework errors with the associated PC that require you contacting a 'certified technician.' As with most phishing tactics examined by malware experts, the '844-534-8203' pop-ups don't make any legitimate attempt to scan your PC or detect errors. As a result, their system warnings should be ignored as fraudulent.

Following the recommendations of the '844-534-8203' pop-ups and contacting their fraudulent PC repair technicians may expose you to other threats. Confirmed attacks following the '844-534-8203' pop-ups may include:

  • Third parties may request that you grant them remote access to your PC, through which they may install threats, change your system settings or collect your information.
  • Third parties also may demand that you pay an upfront fee for a PC repair solution, supposedly to recover any damaged data or files. Typical, fraudulent fees range from one hundred to three hundred USD.

Extracting Your Browser from the Framework of a Hoax

Although the '844-534-8203' pop-ups and their respective websites have been circulating only in recent months of 2015, they're minimally different from past phishing attacks using the same lines of attack. PC users with even cursory familiarity with the actual purpose of the .NET Framework should be able to identify the fraudulent nature of the '844-534-8203' pop-ups on sight. Similarly, malware researchers would discourage trusting any Web domain that uses its URL as a primary way to convince you of its supposedly legitimate PC-repairing intentions.

Any encounters with compromised sites like those linked to the '844-534-8203' pop-ups should be responded to with full anti-malware scans of your PC. Repeating the '844-534-8203' pop-ups ordinarily may be the responsibility of an installed adware program or Trojan that should be removed. As always, suppressing the '844-534-8203' pop-ups or other symptoms of an attack without removing the responsible software may leave your machine vulnerable to future security risks