A tech support scam that resembles an antivirus program is reported to display pop-ups to many users online. The software has something to do with the web domain Deficittower(.)net which might be advertised in several different means. The users who have seen pop-ups by Deficittower(.)net should immediately take measures against it. It is not recommended to call the “customer representatives” on 855-816-0479(the number mentioned in the pop-up) since they may rope the caller into a scam, extracting personal information and charging a lot to fix a problem that does not exist.
|Type||Tech Support Scam|
|Short Description||Users may be presented a fake virus detection on their computer along with a number to call fake Microsoft representatives.|
|Symptoms||Users may witness a pop-up on their browser and hear the following sound message that runs every time Profittower(.)net is opened:|
|Distribution Method||Via PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs), browser redirects by third-party sites or links in comments, messages or replies posted online.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Deficittower(.)net Pop-up|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Deficittower(.)net Pop-up.|
How the 855-816-0479 Tech Support Scam Is Distributed
The questionable tech support scam is distributed to users who clicked on different web links that are presented to them either in forums, comments or other independent posts. Web links such as these might appear to be secure. However they might cause redirects to domains such as Deficittower(.)net.
Furthermore, another technique of spreading that may be used by the 855-816-0479 pop-ups may be via PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). They may resemble useful software . However, they are adware that presents various redirects and pop-ups to affected users.
The 855-816-0479 Tech Support Scam In Detail
When 855-816-0479 has been researched, reports have arisen by affected users that the “experts” who were on the other side after calling it were claiming to be Microsoft security representatives. Furthermore, they asked users for personal info and demanded around 500 dollars to fix their issue.
What is even more, interesting is that the representatives were ready to negotiate the initial fee set for the service by lowering it down.
The Domain Deficittower(.)net In Detail
The domain is believed to originate from the US, and it has been listed to be a spam domain In several RBL websites. Also, there is another domain reported to display the same message with a different number attached to it, called Profittower(.)net.
When the connected to the host, the abovementioned sound message is shown along with a pop-up stating the following:
Your browser has been infected with an adware or malware causing you to see this pop-up.
For immediate assistance, please contact system support immediately at 855-816-0479. Do not restart your computer to prevent further propagation.”
Users should know that such warnings are usually fake, and there may be not even a scent of malware on the computer viewing the site. But it is also recommended to check for unwanted programs because there may be ad-supported software that displays various third-party pop-ups, such as the 855-816-0479 pop-up.
Stop Deficittower(.)net Pop-ups Completely
To discontinue such pop-ups that are appearing on your computer, it is advisable to be using the provided instructions after this article. Furthermore, you should be informed that there may be an application on your computer that may display pop-ups, one of which is the Deficittower(.)net one. Thus, it is advisable to perform a system scan using an advanced anti-malware software after which you should restart the settings on your web browser.
First, close your browser from the Windows Task Manager by pressing WIN button and X together and choosing Task manager. After that locate your browser right click it from the list and click on End Task. After that follow this manual to remove it from your browser: