When this happens users usually ask (1) is my web browser infected? and (2) is my computer infected? The good news is that your web browser isn't infected but rather hijacked by a malicious browser extension that displays fake pop-ups warnings about possible data theft and other threats. The bad news is that your computer is infected with a browser hijacker and very likely adware as well. But what we also need to realize, and a frightening amount of personal and professional users don't, is that we need to take steps to protect ourselves from the myriad of different threats, including such fake pop-ups and adverts. And this doesn't mean simply 'setting and forgetting' a security software solution, it also means educating ourselves about the threats that we face every time we connect to the internet.
On that note, this article is going to take a closer look at browser hijackers that promote 1-844-329-3153 scam tech support services.
What are browser hijackers?
Whilst browser hijackers are not as dangerous as many types of malware, they still have a negative effect on your computer's functions. But why, in that case, are they only 'potentially' unwanted, if they have not been created to do us any real good?
The name browser hijacker was coined by online security experts and is used to categorize software that is mostly undesired by the average end user – i.e. you and me. While they may purport to have some use, browser hijackers generally have more in common with their malware, cousins then they are often given credit for.
The prime function of a browser hijacker is to redirect you to a website that they want you to visit, instead of sending your search query to a relevant website. Even if you type in the URL (website address) of your chosen site they will still send you in whichever direction they choose. As you already know, among various misleading and even malicious websites scammers also use fake tech support web pages to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected. Then they immediately offer tech support by calling 1-844-329-3153. However, I wouldn't recommend calling this number because scammers will ask you to pay $200 or even more for a 'fix' and may even install remote control software on your computer. That's not a good idea at all.
Other problems caused by browser hijackers
Because browser hijackers install tool bars and search engines that replace your existing ones, not only will your searches be manipulated, but you'll suddenly find that using your computer's browser is now an unfamiliar chore. If it's already too late and your computer has been infected by a browser hijacker then 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
1-844-329-3153 Pop-up Ads 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 browser hijacker related programs from your computer using the Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7). Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8 or 10, 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:
- Magical Find
- 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 1-844-329-3153 pop-up ads related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to More Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Magical Find, Extag, Gosave, 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.
3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.
4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.
5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!
Remove 1-844-329-3153 pop-up ads related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools Menu → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Magical Find, Extag, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove 1-844-329-3153 pop-up ads related add-ons 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.