|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