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‘Security Help Page’ Pop-Up

Posted: June 10, 2015

The 'Security Help Page' pop-up is a phishing attack that uses fraudulent alerts for tricking victims into committing self-harming actions. A majority of attacks like the 'Security Help Page' pop-up may result in attempted compromises of the PC user's bank account or credit cards, along with other, more general security risks. Based on the 'Security Help Page' pop-up's history and content, malware experts recommend any PC user launching anti-malware scans after even minor contact with the 'Security Help Page' pop-up.

The Security Help that's Anything but a Help

As malware experts see with similar pop-ups like the equally recent '844-534-8203' Pop-Ups, the 'Security Help Page' pop-up is a pop-up using inaccurate information to attack the PC user. The eventual goal of most phishing attacks is to compromise financial data, although the attacks also may cause your PC to be infected with threatening software for other purposes, in the appropriate circumstances. Ironically, the current format of the 'Security Help Page' pop-up alerts the Web surfer regarding supposed pop-up settings issues that could lead to attacks from other sources.

Pop-ups just like the 'Security Help Page' pop-up may be origin points for security problems. However, malware experts have confirmed cases of the 'Security Help Page' pop-up loading without any regard for your browser's pop-up settings or add-ons. Likewise, the 'Security Help Page' pop-up hasn't been connected with any reputable PC security organization. Regardless of these limitations, a 'Security Help Page' pop-up will typically request that the reader contact a provided phone number for additional technical support.

The results of calling fraudulent technical support numbers are variable, along with the responses of any third parties responding to such calls. Nonetheless, malware experts often see such conversations resulting in third parties gaining remote control over the affected PC. Other consequences may consist of compromises of information (frequently via purchases of scamware, such as rogue system cleaners).

Helping Yourself out of an Insecure Pop-Up

With respect to preserving their online safety, the worst thing any PC user can do is take the security recommendation of an unknown actor like the 'Security Help Page' pop-up at its word. Always verifying the identity of a security company before offering money or information is one of the most baseline self-defensive mechanisms against all phishing attacks. In cases where a 'Security Help Page' pop-up is being delivered by an individual website, standard advertisement blockers, strict browser configurations and live anti-malware protection can block these attacks.

In some instances, a 'Security Help Page' pop-up may be delivered to your browser via an already installed threat or adware application repeatedly. Normally, any changes to your browser's settings, no matter how beneficial, will have no effect on these attacks. This is why malware experts always advise using anti-malware tools for scanning any PC that shows symptoms of being attacked repetitively, whether that attack is a browser-based 'Security Help Page' pop-up or a non-browser function.