|Type||Ad-supported Application, Fake Tech Support Scam|
|Short Description||Once triggered, the user will start viewing pop-up windows about a virus detected on the system.|
|Symptoms||Pop-ups imitating a legitimate Microsoft Windows service.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (the ‘bundling’ method), or visiting suspicious websites.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Liam.x Pop-Ups|
Complaints have been made about a new tech support scam imitating Windows Support. Pop-up windows have been appearing on users’ browsers suggesting that a virus called Liam.x has been detected by Microsoft Real Time Web Monitor. The pop-ups are most likely generated by an ad-supported browser extension that may have been downloaded via bundling. Another distribution method for such tech support scams is by clicking and executing fake updates, mostly Java and Adobe. Being cautious while browsing is very crucial to the online safety – never click on random pop-ups that are not associated with any of your recent activities.
General Description of Liam.x Pop-Ups
Research indicates that Liam.x pop-ups will show up on every page the user is visiting. Besides trying to trick the user into thinking he has been attacked by a virus, various advertisements may also appear. There are reports about ads saying ‘Hot Deals’, showing up on Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.
Liam.x Fake Tech Support Scam
The pop-up window stating that the PC has been attacked by Liam.x virus may try to make users call a certain toll free phone number – 0-800-078-6078. However, calling the number will not fix any supposed issues but may further compromise the PC. As already mentioned, such pop-ups are usually generated by adware. Adware is not malware, even though it can be quite annoying and persistent.
Now that it is established that Liam.x is not a virus but an ad-supported application, let’s see what may happen to the user:
- His browsing routine may be observed via tracking technologies (cookies, beacons, Flash cookies, etc.). This includes non-personally identifiable information – browsing history, visited websites, cookies, search entries.
- His personal credentials may be harvested, banking information included.
- If the user falls into the scam, calls the number 0-800-078-6078 and grants remote access to the cyber crooks, he may end up with more potentially unwanted apps and even malware.
Remove Liam.x Pop-Ups and Clean the System
In some cases, adware can be removed manually – via using the Uninstall option. It doesn’t matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, the steps provided below the article should do the job. However, some ad-supported applications, especially the ones promoting fake tech support help lines, tend to mess with the Registry. Some suspicious files may be left behind and the PC’s performance may be affected in the long run. Thus, performing a full system is always recommended – so that you’re 100 per cent sure you have eliminated any unwanted software from your machine.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Liam.x Pop-Ups from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Liam.x Pop-Ups from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Liam.x Pop-Ups from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Liam.x Pop-Ups from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Liam.x Pop-Ups from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Liam.x Pop-Ups from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Liam.x Pop-Ups from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Liam.x Pop-Ups from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Liam.x Pop-Ups
Step 2: Uninstall Liam.x Pop-Ups 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 Liam.x Pop-Ups 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 Liam.x Pop-Ups there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Liam.x Pop-Ups from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Liam.x Pop-Ups 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 Liam.x Pop-Ups 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 Liam.x Pop-Ups 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 Liam.x Pop-Ups 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 Liam.x Pop-Ups 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 Liam.x Pop-Ups 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 Liam.x Pop-Ups will be removed.
Eliminate Liam.x Pop-Ups 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.