Fake tech support phone numbers, such as 1 (888) -202-3705, are just another way to scare users into thinking that they have been infected with various malware and that they need to call the number to resolve the issue.
How Does 1 (888) -202-3705 Phone Number Work?
The 1 (888) -202-3705 tech support scam works the following way:
Adware, which appears as a browser extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome, infects your PC and you start receiving multiple 1 (888) -202-3705 pop-ups every time you open a new browser tab.
The 1 (888) -202-3705 pop-ups state that your PC has been infected by malware and in order to clean your system, you must call that phone number for technical support. Once you call, however, you will be required to pay a $199 fee for the “service.” In case you do make the payment, the malware you have been warned about, will not be removed because it’s never been there in the first place. Clearly, the true malware is the adware behind the fake 1 (888) -202-3705 tech support phone number.
In addition to the pop-ups with fake alerts, you may also notice that other unwanted adware programs are installed on your PC; random web page text is turned into hyperlinks, and advertising banners appear within web pages you visit.
How Does 1 (888) -202-3705 Appear on My PC?
The malicious browser extension behind the 1 (888) -202-3705 pop-ups usually enters your system bundled with freeware you download from the Web. You do have an option to opt out from the bundling while you are installing the freeware, but most users fail to even notice that option. They automatically accept the recommended and default installation settings and allow various PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) and malware to enter their system.
In order to protect your system from PUPs, you must always aim for custom installation and disallow the features and options you know nothing about.
How to Remove 1 (888) -202-3705 Scam?
As you have figured it out by now, calling that number and paying the required amount to “fix” your system, is useless. Therefore, if you start receiving alerts and messages that your system is at risk, and you need to call that number, you know your system is infected. The only way to get rid of these alerts containing the 1 (888) -202-3705 tech support phone number, is to use a trustworthy anti-malware tool that will scan your PC and clean it for you.
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