You would be right in thinking that there are differing levels of seriousness when it comes to malware and viruses, some are merely irritating like the 1-855-596-2695 scam pop-up window, while others can raid your bank accounts or destroy your personal data, however, we can probably all agree on one thing, and that is that we really do not want to waste our time and energy dealing with them. Especially when we don't really know what a certain program's intention is and what harm it could cause.
What are browser hijackers?
At the lower end of the malware scale is something called a browser hijacker. And although it is true that browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs that display fake virus alerts are not as menacing as something like ransomware, spyware or a Trojan Horse, that doesn't mean you should ignore them if you have one installed on your computer.
Many people get duped by the mention of 'potentially' in the title however don't forget that on the flip side of every potentially unwanted program, there is also the chance that it is 'actuall' unwanted by some people. And that will pretty much include everyone who runs into a potentially unwanted program or a browser hijacker!
What do browser hijackers do?
Potentially Unwanted Programs and browser hijackers usually display misleading alerts. As you can see in the image below, it pretends to be from MSE and states that your computer is infected with malware. Trojan Poweliks, Sirefef rootkit and various exploits.
The truth is, however, that your computer is infected with a browser hijacker. Or if it's a stand alone window then your computer is infected with a potentially unwanted program that displays 1-855-596-2695 tech support number and suggests you to call for help. Don't call the number because scammers just want money from you and will put on a program that will make a mess of your system. Some variants can stake their claim on your computer by hijacking your browser and installing their own toolbar as a replacement for your existing one. They may also replace your homepage or search engine too with one of their own. If you're thinking that browser hijackers are an invasion of our privacy, then you wouldn't be far from the truth.
Why do Potentially Unwanted Programs change your toolbar?
The reason that such fake pop-up windows exist is to convert calls to sales. This 1-855-596-2695 phone number may belong to the person who developed the browser hijacker or it could be owned by a third party. Therefore, if you've found this fake security alert pop-up, I suggest you close it right away before you go nuts! And of course, scan your computer for malware because you certainly have one installed on your computer - a browser hijacker. If your computer has been infected by this malware, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
1-855-596-2695 Security Alert Pop-up 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 1-855-596-2695 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 Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall 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:
- 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 1-855-596-2695 pop-ups from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove NoMoreAds, 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 1-855-596-2695 pop-ups from Google Chrome:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove NoMoreAds, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove 1-855-596-2695 pop-ups from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage 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.