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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

1-888-702-3606 Technical Support Scam

Tell your friends:
1-888-702-3606 is a phone number currently being used by scammers who promote fraudulent and deceptive technical support services. It also means that your computer is infected with a Potentially Unwanted program or adware if you got a pop-up with this phone number. A PUP, or a Potentially Unwanted Program, is a computer software program that has been designed to be, at least at a glance, useful in some context. However on closer inspection, if you have a PUP installed on your PC or laptop, it won't take you long to realize that in fact, Potentially Unwanted Programs are more of a pain in the rear than anything. Usually, a PUP forces your web browser to display a misleadin pop-up claiming that your computer is at risk.

System At Risk!!

Due to suspicious and illegal activities detected on your computer, your INTERNET ACCESS IS PROHIBITED. Error Code - S1M457.

To regain the access of your Internet

Call customer technical support and share this code with the agent.

Customer support number- 1-888-702-3606

Of course, it's just a fake pop-up, it can't block your internet connection but some people might be fooled into thinking that they did something illegal and call 1-888-702-3606. Most of the time, scammers try to install spyware on your computer. Spyware: like adware, spyware is also capable of monitoring your browser usage and the websites you visit. However in addition to that it is also able to track the keys that you hit so that it can record personal data such as your passwords, logins, instant messages, credit card details, correspondence – and anything else you type. You almost certainly don't want this to happen, so better do not call this phone number.

Fraudulent tech support sites promote bogus malware and system scanners. What is more, scammers may install spyware on your computer and a remote control program allowing full access to your computer. Needles to say, you should be very careful and check every phone number or website claiming that your computer is infected or has other serious problems. Very often a simple Google search reveals the truth and unmasks scammers.

If your computer is infected with adware or PUPs that display fake virus warning or tech support scams then you should run a full system scan with recommend anti-malware software. Generally, adware and PUPs arent usually malicious, but watch out because they might well leave you open to attacks from something far nastier. That aside, they're also a pain in the behind! When you're downloading something, read the End User License Agreement carefully and check or uncheck boxes relating to bundled software and you'll be far more likely to remain clear of similar threats!

If you have questions, leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

1-888-702-3606 Tech Support Scam Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Remove 1-888-702-3606 scam pop-up related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Safe Web
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove 1-888-702-3606 scam pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Safe Web, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.

Remove 1-888-702-3606 scam pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Safe Web, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove 1-888-702-3606 scam pop-ups from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.