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 malware|
|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:
- Guide 1: How to Remove Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Deficittower(.)net Pop-up
Step 2: Uninstall Deficittower(.)net Pop-up and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Deficittower(.)net Pop-up on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Deficittower(.)net Pop-up there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Deficittower(.)net Pop-up and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Deficittower(.)net Pop-up via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Deficittower(.)net Pop-up will be removed.
Eliminate Deficittower(.)net Pop-up from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.