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‘Windows Firewall Security Damaged’ Pop-Ups

Posted: January 11, 2016

The 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups are phishing attacks that may display fake information about your PC's security. These pop-ups may ask you to contact a 'support' hotline, through which means a con artist may convince you into damaging your PC or transferring money in a fraudulent business transaction. Although they have no history of hosting toxic content more advanced than the above, loading the 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups is equivalent to loading a corrupted Website, and anti-malware products always should remove any threats responsible for triggering these attacks.

The Crucial Difference Between a Broken Firewall and a Broken Browser

The 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups are currently strongly linked to the Chrome browser, although there are no limitations stopping their launching in browsers of other brands. As with most phishing attacks, they may load fake system information implying that your PC is suffering from spyware attacks, which serves as the excuse required for requesting that computer users call a customer service number. Doing so places the user into contact, not with Microsoft or another PC company, but with con artists.

Besides claiming to have identified suspicious network activity, the 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups also reference some legitimate Windows files, such as the .Net Framework. However, the 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups have yet to be seen alongside any attacks against the PC user's actual Windows Firewall. The most significant dangers from the 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups only come after the PC owner contacts the promoted phone number, with typical security risks as follows:

  • Con artists may talk you into spending money on fake anti-malware services, general repair services or software diagnostics. In most cases, no such product or service even exists. The con artists may inflate their prices from industry standards.
  • Other,'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups campaigns may man themselves with third parties interested in gaining direct access to your computer. They may ask you to make settings changes or install software that may give them remote access to your PC, which may let them install other programs or collect your information.

Damping the Flames of a Firewall Tactic

Although most phishing tactics may provide fake system information in vague, difficult-to-corroborate terms, the 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups are easily identifiable as being fraudulent the instant the PC users check their firewall program. In any case, malware researchers have never seen scenarios of PC security companies using in-browser pop-ups for contacting PC users that are suffering financial fraud, spyware attacks or other Web safety issues. Fortunately, the 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups have yet to be seen distributing advanced scripts, exploit kits or other attacks that could let them compromise your PC without any interactions with con artists.

Unprotected PCs and Web browsers always should avoid loading individual sites related to the 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups, such as the well-documented Adwarenotice.com. Protection from the 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups and related symptoms may include using script, advertisement and pop-ups blockers. However, if you think that software on your PC is loading the 'Windows Firewall Security Damaged' pop-ups independently of your actions, using anti-malware tools to scan your computer is essential for guaranteeing your long-term online safety.

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