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Remove 888-603-4618 Pop-up and Restore Your Browser

Name 888-603-4618 Pop-up
Type Tech Support Scam
Short Description Aims to deceive users into believing that their system is infected. Features a number displayed.
Symptoms Locks the user out of the browser by displaying a pop-up that cannot be closed
Distribution Method Browser redirect by a PUP on the computer or a trojan.clicker. Malicious banners.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By 888-603-4618 Pop-up

Fake-Tech-supportYou got your browser locked by a blue screen along with a text that you system has been compromised? Pop-ups originating from the number 888-603-4618 are considered by security researchers to be a fake tech support scamming sites. More to it than that, this pop-up may lock the browser out, making it more difficult to remove and fooling inexperienced users that they actually may have malware on their computers. In this article we have provided more information about redirects related to the questionable number as well as a tutorial on how to get rid of it.

888-603-4618 Pop-up – How Did I Get It?

Windows-errorOne way you may have become a victim of this endless loop that locks you out is by being directly redirected to it. Redirects are usually administered by PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) on your computer. Some unwanted programs may administer browser redirects to external third-party websites. One of those sites is 888-603-4618 and once you are there it seems like there is no way out, because you enter an endless loop of ‘Ok’ clicking after which the pop-up reloads.
Another way to get it is by clicking on an online advertisement. It may be an ad-supported search result or a pop-up, as well as a website banner, resembling a Windows pop-up that may have one of those notifications:

“Your PC has been infected with a virus!”
“Your PC slow ? Click Here to Fix.”
“ALERT! Scan Your PC now!”
“System Message: Your computer has been infected with malware. Click here to remove it!”
“System Error! Click here to fix!”

Be on the lookout if you see any Windows error messages and do not in any way click on such notifications. It is also highly recommended to install an ad-blocking software that will prevent any future exposures.

888-603-4618 – What Can It Cause?

It has been reported by both users and malware researchers that the message displayed on the site aims to scare users and rope them into calling. This happens by displaying messages saying that the user files have been compromised and their credit card numbers, personal information, documents on the computer have been exposed to a security risk.

Once a call has been conducted, users report people with indian accents, representing themselves as Microsoft employees that will assist the user. Eventually those ‘experts’ may explain to users that their computer has been infected with malware and they can lose all their data and financials. When asked for a solution, the support experts have advised that the affected user should pay a large sum of money, usually around 300 US dollars.

Users also report hearing visual messages when the web page has opened. More to it, it is not clear how much does a call to this number charge by the minute. Usually there some tech support scams either charge a lot or subscribe users to expensive SMS support services that may automatically charge affected users.

Cyber-criminals have begun to become increasingly smarter over time, along with the ever developing technology. They have realized that the most important thing is motivating users into trusting them and then they can infect PCs with malware as well as scam them out of their money, similar to the 888-603-4618 scam. Users are advised to always keep up with the latest in cyber scams as well as malware and to always take protection precautions. Here are some of the main protection tips that one should follow, according to engineers:

  • Make sure to use additional firewall protection. Downloading a second firewall (like ZoneAlarm, for example) is an excellent solution for any potential intrusions.
  • Make sure that your programs have less administrative power over what they read and write on your computer. Make them prompt you admin access before starting.
  • Use stronger passwords. Stronger passwords (preferably ones that are not words) are harder to crack by several methods, including brute forcing since it includes pass lists with relevant words.
  • Turn off AutoPlay. This protects your computer from malicious executable files on USB sticks or other external memory carriers that are immediately inserted into it.
  • Disable File Sharing – it is recommended if you need file sharing between your computer to password protect it to restrict the threat only to yourself if infected.
  • Switch off any remote services – this can be devastating for business networks since it can cause a lot of damage on a massive scale.
  • If you see a service or a process that is external and not Windows critical and is being exploited by hackers (Like Flash Player) disable it until there is an update that fixes the exploit.
  • Make sure always to update the critical security patches for your software and OS.
  • Configure your mail server to block out and delete suspicious file attachment containing emails.
  • If you have a compromised computer in your network, make sure to isolate immediately it by powering it off and disconnecting it by hand from the network.
  • Make sure to educate all of the users on the network never to open suspicious file attachments, show them examples.
  • Employ a virus-scanning extension in your browser that will scan all the downloaded files on your computer.
  • Turn off any non-needed wireless services, like Infrared ports or Bluetooth – hackers love to use them to exploit devices. In case you use Bluetooth, make sure that you monitor all of the unauthorized devices that prompt you to pair with them and decline and investigate any suspicious ones.
  • Employ a virus-scanning extension in your browser that will scan all the downloaded files on your computer.
  • Employ a powerful anti-malware solution to protect yourself from any future threats automatically.

Removing 888-603-4618 Scam from Your PC

It is unfortunate to say that since this site has blocked access to your web browser, you may have to reset it just to be sure nothing affected it. Before doing that, make sure that you back up all your passwords or at least a password to the emails with which you have online registrations to sites so that you can reset your passwords via them.
In order to completely be rid of this tech support scamming site you should follow these steps:

For Google Chrome

Step 1

Right-click on the Chrome icon in your taskbar and then click on ‘New Incognito Window’. This will disable any webpages running on startup.

Step 2

In the address bar type chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings in the address bar and click on ‘Reset’.

For Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Open Mozilla Firefox by right-clicking on its icon in the taskbar and licking New Private Window.

Step 2

In the address bar type about:support. Then click on ‘Refresh Firefox’ and accept the prompt from Firefox to save your old data on your desktop so you can easily access it.

For Internet Explorer

Step 1

Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon in your taskbar and click on Start In-Private Browsing.

Step 2

Click on the gear leaver icon in the top right and from the drop-down menu click on Internet Options.

Step 3

Go to the Advanced Tab and then click on the ‘Reset’ button.

For Safari

Step 1

Open Safari and click on the gear leaver icon.

Step 2

From the drop-down menu click on the Reset Safari button and you should be fine.

Also, in case you received this pop-up as a redirect (it suddenly opened) there is a good chance that it may have been done by an adware program or a browser hijacker on your computer. The worst case scenario may be if you have been redirected via a Trojan.Clicker – spyware that visits sites on your behalf. In order to detect and remove such programs, make sure that you boot into safe mode and scan your computer. On way to do this is to follow these steps:

Step 1: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove 888-603-4618 Pop-up.

Removing 888-603-4618 Pop-up from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
2. Select one of the two options provided below:

For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

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For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

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3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.

4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

Removing 888-603-4618 Pop-up from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

Substep 1:

Open the Start Menu
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Substep 2:

Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

Substep 3:

After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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Substep 4:

You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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Substep 5:

After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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Substep 6:

Click on Restart.
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Substep 7:

A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove 888-603-4618 Pop-up.

Step 2: Remove 888-603-4618 Pop-up automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all 888-603-4618 Pop-up associated objects.

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Vencislav Krustev

A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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