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'Security Update Error' Pop-Ups

Posted: October 4, 2017

Online technical support tactics seem to be an undying trend, as more and more cyber crooks opt to use this simple trick to collect money from innocent users. These tactics work by exposing users to misleading browser pop-ups, which may often contain false information regarding corrupted system files, virus infection alerts, and other warnings or issues that may sound rather serious. Such is the case with the 'Security Update Error' pop-ups – typical browser pop-up types, which may tell users that a pending security update's installation has failed and they need to seek help from computer technicians to avoid further complications. Our readers should keep in mind that they should never trust Web browser pop-ups that claim to contain important information regarding their PC's health. These messages are often part of misleading tactics, and they should be ignored to avoid further problems.

The 'Security Update Error' pop-ups may be seen on multiple domains, and so far researchers have linked the following domain names and phone lines to this tactic:

  • b2-2609123.tk with the corresponding number 800-090-3820
  • will.manufacturevs.top with the corresponding number (888) 944-5714

The 'Security Update Error' pop-ups may often contain fake error codes such as the ‘Error 0xB6201879' message. The one thing that corrupted pop-ups like these have in common is that they almost always tell users that they can resolve the issue by calling a specific number – just like the ones listed above. However, these phone numbers are not linked to reputable providers of technical support services and, instead, they are listed as hoaxes by multiple users. If a user is somehow fooled into calling either 800-090-3820 or (888) 944-5714 they might be asked to pay hundreds of dollars for software or services that either don't exist, or they don't need at all.

Seeing the 'Security Update Error' pop-ups in your Web browser is not a symptom of threats so that you should not feel threatened. However, do keep in mind that you should stay away from suspicious websites and online destinations since they are likely to be the reason why you saw the fraudulent pop-ups in your Web browser.