'888-702-3606' Scam Message
Posted: February 5, 2015
The following fields listed on the Threat Meter containing a specific value, are explained in detail below:
Threat Level: The threat level scale goes from 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest level of severity and 1 is the lowest level of severity. Each specific level is relative to the threat's consistent assessed behaviors collected from SpyHunter's risk assessment model.
Detection Count: The collective number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular malware threat. The detection count is calculated from infected PCs retrieved from diagnostic and scan log reports generated by SpyHunter.
Volume Count: Similar to the detection count, the Volume Count is specifically based on the number of confirmed and suspected threats infecting systems on a daily basis. High volume counts usually represent a popular threat but may or may not have infected a large number of systems. High detection count threats could lay dormant and have a low volume count. Criteria for Volume Count is relative to a daily detection count.
Trend Path: The Trend Path, utilizing an up arrow, down arrow or equal symbol, represents the level of recent movement of a particular threat. Up arrows represent an increase, down arrows represent a decline and the equal symbol represent no change to a threat's recent movement.
% Impact (Last 7 Days): This demonstrates a 7-day period change in the frequency of a malware threat infecting PCs. The percentage impact correlates directly to the current Trend Path to determine a rise or decline in the percentage.
|First Seen:||February 5, 2015|
|Last Seen:||September 14, 2023|
In case you are prompted to call this phone number 1-888-702-3606, it is highly likely that your computer has been infected with adware or a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). In the majority of cases, users get infected with PUPs or adware when downloading other free applications, both programs are delivered via download and install managers in a pay-per-install-based bundle. Once installed, the PUP or adware related application starts making changes to your computer and displaying this fake alert message is one of them. The alert states as follows:
"System At Risk!!
Due to suspicious and illegal activities detected on your computer, your INTERNET ACCESS IS PROHIBITED. Error Code - S1M457.
To regain the access of your Internet
Call customer technical support and share this code with the agent.
Customer support number- 1-888-702-3606'."
Computer security experts advise users to ignore this message since it is a scam. Contacting the support hotline is not going to fix your computer, and you may be charged for fixing bogus infections.