“We have noticed POPUP ADS or SECURITY ISSUES” Scam - How to Remove It
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“We have noticed POPUP ADS or SECURITY ISSUES” Scam – How to Remove It

This article has been created in order to help explain how to remove the “We have noticed POPUP ADS or SECURITY ISSUES” tech support scam asking you to call 1-(833)-880-0974 scamming number from your PC.

New tech support scam aiming to convince victims to believe their computers have been compromised and call the number 1-(833)-880-0974 has been detected by security experts. The scam aims to be spread via suspicious websites that may cause browser redirects via JavaScript or via having a potentially unwanted program installed on your computer which is displaying different forms of advertisement content. If you see the “We have noticed POPUP ADS or SECURITY ISSUES” scam on you computer, we recommend that you read the following article. It will help you learn how to remove this scam from your computer and teach you how to protect yourself against future intrusions.

Threat Summary

Name“We have noticed POPUP ADS or SECURITY ISSUES” Scam
TypeTech Support Scam
Short DescriptionUses scareware tactics to get you to call a fake Microsoft-wannabe tech support number.
SymptomsYour web browser may be locked with a message that cannot be closed in usual manner and advertises to call 1-(833)-880-0974 or other scamming numbers.
Distribution MethodUnwanted software causing browser redirects or suspicious Websites which may advertise it’s URL.
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1-(833)-880-0974 Scam – How Did I Get It

The scam, related to the 1-(833)-880-0974 number is believed to mainly originate from set of URLs that should be flagged from most web browsers. These URLs are believed to be opened unknowingly on victims computers as a result of a browser redirection in it. These types of web browser redirect may be caused either by suspicious websites that may have JavaScript causing the scamming URL to open as you open the site or they may be caused as a result of you having a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) installed unknowingly on your computer. Such PUPs are often spread as a result of downloading bundled software setups. Bundling is often the act of including seemingly legitimate “helper” apps as “free extras” in the installer of free programs you may have downloaded from suspicious third-party software providing websites. These sites usually bundle those freeware applications with other software in order to make money via advertising it. However, the problem with these bundled apps is that often users tend to miss out the programs added alongside the installation process, since they are hidden in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes and cannot easily be opted out from. This is why it is important to thoroughly check all of the programs you install, especially if you have downloaded them from torrent sites or other freeware download sites you know nothing about.

“We have noticed POPUP ADS or SECURITY ISSUES” – More Information

Once the victim has been affected by the software or website causing these pop-ups to appear, they may immediately lock up the web browser with a message, similar to the following:

Dear {Your Internet Provider’s name} Customer,

We have noticed excessive POPUP ADS or SECURITY ISSUES on your Windows 7 computer!
It could be because of a possible MALWARE or SPYWARE download.
CALL CERTIFIED MICROSOFT SUPPORT: 1 (833) 880-0974 (Toll Free) NOW

We have gone through the process of checking up on the tech support number 1-(833)-880-0974 and some users have reported to call the number and be greeted by scammers, pretending to be the official Internet Providers. The scammers reportedly used scareware tactics in order to get victims to pay a lot of money to fix a virus problem on their computers that does not exist.

The scammers also have another web page, in association with the tech support number, pretending to originate from Microsoft, which further confuses the user. The message has a live chat on which a fake Microsoft employee aims to convince that your Antivirus program is out of date and your computer is performing slow and needs to be fixed.

If you fall victim to such a scam do not call the number or believe anything they are saying. And since most PUPs tend to spread these types of pop-ups since the scammers are often the same people who pay adware authors to display their advertisements. This is why it is strongly recommended that you detect and remove such software, since it’s files are likely on your computer, especially if you see other types of advertisements on your PC in the forms of:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Web browser redirects.
  • Online banners.
  • Ad-supported search results.

Remove The “We have noticed excessive POPUP ADS or SECURITY ISSUES” Scam

In order to make sure that this tech support scam is removed from your computer system, you can use either the manual or automatic removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created in order to best help you delete any software that might be associated with the “We have noticed excessive POPUP ADS or SECURITY ISSUES” scam. If manual removal is not according to your preferences, we recommend that you follow the automatic removal instructions underneath this article and download an advanced anti-malware software which can ensure that your PC is protected against such types of intrusive web pages and software in the future as well.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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