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'Error #FXX07' Pop-Ups

Posted: April 11, 2017

The 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups are hoaxes that try to redirect their victims to fake technical support after claiming that the PC is suffering from attacks from high-level threats, such as information-collecting spyware. Since 'FXX07' isn't a real Windows error code and these pop-ups contain no actual security advice, malware experts recommend avoiding any contact with associated phone numbers or e-mail addresses. If necessary, use an anti-malware program to remove the 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups from a browser that launches them in arbitrary circumstances.

A Warning that's as Bad as It Claims but for Different Reasons

Even though many threat actors are moving over to business paradigms involving holding the contents of a victim's PC hostage, older models of black market profiteering aren't necessarily extinct. The 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups are attacks that malware experts are seeing in distribution since at least fall of last year, using no technology any more sophisticated than fake warnings and phone numbers. Although a wide variety of websites have past relationships with these tactics, current statistics support Mac users and viewers of illegal TV streaming services being favorable targets.

The 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups can launch through either a legitimate, but hacked website or one built for the express purpose of promoting similar attacks, as well as via advertising rings with unprofessional content standards. When they launch, the 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups display an internal message box containing a (fake) error code, a phone number for technical support 'engineers,' and a fake security warning that your PC is under attack by both spyware and viruses. While the 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups claim to have detected compromises of content related to financial transactions and social media accounts, malware experts fail to find any evidence linking the attacks and these activities together.

Through the 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups' phone number, con artists are notable for exploiting free remote desktop services such as the logmein.com website. Once they gain remote access, they may collect information, install threatening software or fake other attacks until the computer user agrees to pay for a bogus security solution.

Preventing the Error of Taking a Fake Message Too Seriously

While they're circulating throughout a variety of different sites, malware experts don't delineate direct ties between the 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups and other, non-consensual attacks, such as the drive-by-downloads of an exploit kit. Most victims must take further actions to compromise their PCs by granting con artists access to them. The 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups often include additional threats to incite the desired response, such as claiming that the PC will be 'disabled' within five minutes. By default, the 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups contain no additional content that would be capable of launching any other attacks or causing any of the damages its contents describe.

The 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups are most frequently seen recurring with users of the Safari browser, but the principles of their hoax are visible for victims using other programs to browse the Web, including Chrome, Edge and Firefox. Some anti-malware suites include features for blocking both corrupted Web content and compromised URLs that could launch these hoaxes automatically. If you do compromise your PC by following instructions from these pop-ups, malware experts recommend disabling your Internet connection and using anti-malware products to guarantee the safety of the PC from other threats. Always close your browser before using such solutions to delete the 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups that are launching automatically.

The 'Error #FXX07' pop-ups imperil your computer exactly as much as you let them do so. Believing everything you read, particularly on the Internet, remains a shortcut towards danger and, potentially, poverty.