Malware is a malicious website that can lead to malware infections. It offers software cracks and serials, but leads to malicious websites and downloads trojan-infected files. Recently, has been called out as one of the sites that spread the Copperstealer trojan. in short: Threat type Trojan, adware, scam. Problems with It’s a … Continued

“Critical Alert From Microsoft” Scam

“Critical alert from Microsoft”, or “Microsoft has detected…” is fake security alert that leads to a tech support scam. The alert isn’t dangerous on its own, but the phone number that it promotes leads to scammers. The “Critical alert from Microsoft” scam is meant to steal people’s money and their personal information. To be safe, don’t … Continued

“Critical Warning” locker

If you find that you cannot access your PC because a “Critical warning” is telling you that your license key has been revoked due to illegal IP, this means two things: first, this warning is fake, your Windows license has not been revoked, and your IP is fine; second, your computer is infected with a virus. … Continued

Customer Service Survey Scam

In case you are experiencing notification that says something about “Customer Service Survey”, chances are that your computer is infected with some kind of potentially unwanted program. If it’s not and you just happen to visit websites that display this message, you are still in danger of getting scammed, because Customer Service Survey is nothing more … Continued Scam is a download site that is part of a scam to trick people into unwittingly subscribing to an approximately $60 monthly subscription. If you find yourself on, you might have clicked on a malicious link. Don’t worry – itself isn’t dangerous. Just don’t trust the sites that it leads you to. About … Continued Ads and Redirects is a malicious adware site. It promises to let you download files, win gifts, or receive various freebies – depending on how you got there. But first, wants you to complete various offers, including watching ads, doing surveys, installing junkware, and signing up for subscriptions. And, in the end, it does not deliver … Continued

E.tre456_worm_osx Trojan Virus

E.tre456_worm_osx is a made-up name of a trojan virus used by scam alerts to scare and attack Mac users. This fake virus warning is displayed on websites with addresses like,, and Despite including the words “apple” and “mac”, these addresses belong to scammers. E.tre456_worm_osx claims that it is related to the AppleCare Protection Plan, … Continued

Email Scam – “Verify Account”

The “verify account” email scam is a malicious attack that uses deceptive emails and fake login sites to steal login credentials. Did you get an email telling you to “upgrade” your email account and threatening that it’ll be shut down if you don’t? That’s the first step of the “verify account” email scam. The scam … Continued

Error #268D3 Scam

“Error #268D3” (and Error #268d3-xc00037) is a well-known Windows technical support scam. It claims that your computer has been blocked to prevent it from being completely disabled. However, the alert about “Error #268D3” is fake, as is the claim that “your computer has been blocked”. We have analyzed a number of similar scams, so we … Continued

Error Code O1AAT Scam

Error code O1AAT has been used by a few instances of a tech support scam. This one uses the phone number 0800-368-9743. The Error code O1AAT alerts are made by people trying to scare you. Tech support scams like Error code O1AAT can cost money and privacy. If you get a pop-up saying “A virus has … Continued

Error Code WIN.DLL0151930 – Fake Alerts

WIN.DLL0151930 is an error code used by tech support scams. It appears online and it claims that your computer is BLOCKED and that you must call a phone number to fix it. Although these WIN.DLL0151930 warnings insist that they represent Microsoft Support, they don’t – they’re created by scammers to trick people into thinking that their … Continued

ERROR # ER36dx9832(3) Scam

ERROR # ER36dx9832(3) is a faulty error notification reported by a fake technical support scary website. There are several malicious pages used for the purpose of displaying the frustrating notification. Often the online criminals refer to the help of several hacked or fraudulent resources to force people into calling the specific toll-free helpline, for example, … Continued

Error # FXX000 Mac Scam

Error # FXX000 notification is a scam campaign targeted against Max users. It falls into the category of tech support scams and only seeks to lure your money by providing false positive technical support that you don’t actually need. Basically, this notification is not dangerous if you treat it right – certain websites display it … Continued

ERROR # MS-SYSINFO32 pop-up scam

ERROR # MS-SYSINFO32 may appear to be like a real Windows system problem, especially paired with the blue screen of death, indicating that there is some sort of a critical issue in your computer that needs to be resolved immediately. However, if you are familiar with online scams and start an investigation of what this … Continued

Error # XR01F5 pop-ups

Error # XR01F5 pop-up alerts are the example of an online scam circulating on the Internet today. This fake error alert is revealed in the form of a pop-up window displayed once a deceptive website is visited. This scary notification is used to force people into wasting their money by convincing them to subscribe to … Continued Virus Alert scam removal (Mac) pop-ups are definitely not very pleasant to observe in your Mac. Their content can be quite frustrating, especially for those Mac users who do not realize that these are not genuine alerts from Apple. According to the analysis we have performed, alerts are solely the trouble for Mac systems, even though similar content … Continued

Excessive Popup Ads or Security Issues Alert Scam

Excessive Popup Ads or Security Issues Alert Malware is clear attempt to scam users and lure their money. There are two possible case scenarios regarding security issues alert – you are visiting website that was hacked or is displaying this pop-up message on purpose, or your computer is infected with some kind of adware infection … Continued

Exodus Wallet Scam

Exodus is a crypto wallet that you can use to store and transfer your funds. Naturally, it’s become a target for many malicious actors and scammers. Fake apps, websites, and emails use Exodus’s name to scare people into downloading malware or revealing their login info. One of these Exodus wallet scams is the fake update … Continued

Extortion Emails “I know that you visit 18+ content!”

Threatening emails with phrases like “I know that you visit 18+ content!” are being sent to people by cybercriminals. These emails say that an intimate video of yours will be sent to your contacts if you don’t send hundreds of dollars to a certain address. Don’t panic – these emails are scams (or very mean … Continued

Facebook iPhone XS Sweepstake Scam

Did you land on a site saying that, as thanks for your support of Facebook, you were selected to participate in a lottery for some Apple products? Did you win something like, let’s say, a gray iPhone on your last try? And you only need to pay $1 shipping to receive it. It’s unfortunate, however, … Continued

Facebook Virus

Facebook is sometimes used by criminals to spread viruses, steal people’s information, hijack their processing power, or sell fraudulent products. Facebook is a legitimate website and one of the world’s biggest social networks, miles ahead of its competition. Unfortunately, criminals, scammers, and fraudsters are attracted to big markets and over the years they have come … Continued

Fake Ads – Adblock Update Required

“Adblock update required” and “Access to Safari is blocked” are phrases used by scammers to push unwanted apps. If you see a notification on your screen that says “Adblock update required” and tells you to install an app, don’t listen to it. This is just a deceptive ad disguised as a legitimate notification. About the … Continued

Fake Ads – “Important Chrome Update Available”

“Important Chrome update available” – this warning is used by some pop-up messages online. These are not real updates, however – they’re ads. They’re disguised as important updates in order to get people to click on them. Following the instructions of the “Important Chrome update available” alerts can lead to infection by adware, browser hijackers, … Continued

Fake Alert “MacOS is infected with Spyware…”

“MacOS is infected” is a warning that claims that your Mac is in danger and that you must call a phone number to fix it. However, the “MacOS is infected” alert is fake, meant only to trick you into contacting scammers who pretend to be Apple Support. These scammers want to pretend to fix your … Continued

Fake Alerts – “Infected With Adware Viruses”

Have you encountered an alert saying that your device is “Infected with (8) adware viruses” or “Infected with (3) adware viruses? It might look legitimate, but this is almost certainly a scam. The “Infected with adware viruses” warning is not shown by Google Chrome, but by malicious websites. Dismiss it and you’ll be fine. We’ve … Continued

Fake Alerts – “Your Apple Device Has Been Hacked”

“Your Apple Device has been recently hacked” is a phrase used by scammers in fake security alerts. These alerts are displayed to Mac and iPhone owners. The “Your Apple Device has been recently hacked” warnings are advertisements that promote malicious apps and other potentially unwanted content. “Device has been hacked” alerts in short: Type of … Continued

Fake “Apple security breach” Alerts

“Apple security breach” is a scam, a fake warning used by malicious actors to scare people into paying for bogus tech support. “Apple security breach” alerts are simply very deceptive ads; the safest thing to do when you encounter them is to close them. The “Apple security breach” scam is dangerous: it causes unnecessary stress, … Continued

Fake iPhone 12 Giveaways

The new iPhone 12 is an attractive phone, so a chance to win one can be very exciting. Unfortunately, scammers set up fake iPhone 12 giveaways in order to trick people into revealing personal information, signing up for expensive services, and downloading junkware. Be careful of iPhone 12 giveaway scams. Only participate in giveaways that are … Continued

Fake McAfee Online Scans

Fake online scans are being used to promote deceptive and scammy tech support companies. This time, they’re abusing the name of McAfee, a cybersecurity firm. Websites are created and advertised online that perform fake scans, pretending to find “security risks” and “threats” on your computer. Then, in order to solve these imaginary problems, you’re encouraged … Continued

Fake PayPal $1000 Gift Card Rewards

Although real giveaways do happen, all the $1000 gift card prizes for PayPal that I have seen were scams. Certain subscription sites get people to sign up for them by promising them (falsely) that they won a valuable prize, such as a $1000 PayPal gift card. They then require people to sign up with their real … Continued

Fake “VPN update is recommended” Ads

There are warnings that say “VPN update is recommended” targeting iOS users. These alerts are actually fake ads for potentially unwanted applications. Don’t be alarmed when you see such ads – just close them. If the “VPN update is recommended” ads show up regularly, there might be a problem. You might regularly visit websites that … Continued

Fake Warnings – Apple Security Alert

“Apple Security Alert” are warnings about your Mac being infected with viruses and trojans. These warnings are fake. They seek to scare you into buying expensive bogus tech support and letting scammers access your Mac. The “Apple Security Alert” pages are designed to look just like, but don’t worry – the sites are unrelated … Continued

Fake Windows Defender Browser Protection

Windows Defender Browser Protection is a legitimate web browser extension, but the name is used by scammers to spread scary pop-ups to take advantage of people. Fake Windows Defender Browser Protection is a warning that shows up in your web browser after clicking on infected ads. This warning urges you to call a phone number … Continued

Fake Yahoo Answers Sites

Yahoo Answers is a website that, whatever you think of the discussion happening on it, is pretty safe to visit. Sure, you might get a suspicious link posted in an answer now and then, but it’s not really the norm. So, since people trust Yahoo Answers, scammers decided to copy the site’s look and use … Continued

Fake “Your Personal Data Has Been Stolen!” Warnings

“Your personal data has been stolen!” is a phrase used by some fake security alerts. They are designed to look like real notifications by Apple’s operating systems (iOS and macOS). In reality, they’re spam by dishonest advertisers who are trying to push certain apps. The “Your personal data has been stolen!” warnings are meant to … Continued

Fastsupport Virus

Fastsupport, or, is a remote access tool. It allows tech support specialists to help people solve technical issues. Sadly, malicious actors also use Fastsupport to hijack victims’ devices. is not malicious itself, but in the hands of a scammer, it can be very dangerous. Because of all the abuse, Fastsupport has become infamous and is often … Continued Phone Giveaway Scam is a malicious site that pops up unexpectedly and shows a message that you’ve won a phone. It uses the names of Google, Facebook, and other companies to appear more legitimate, even though it’s not associated with these companies. Rather, is associated with various scam subscription sites. is meant to trick people into registering on … Continued Scam is a fake ebook site that calls itself “Book Finder” (no relation). It pretends to offer you to download any book that you search for. The truth is that is a spam site that does not host any books. Its job is to advertise, to trick people to unknowingly subscribe to expensive but useless services. … Continued

“Firefox Requires a Manual Update” Scam

Fake Firefox update alerts, such as “Firefox requires a manual update” and “Important Firefox update available” are scams whose landing pages urge people to install an update for their Mozilla Firefox browser. However, this is nothing but a hoax, a fake update alert actually tries to install an add-on that would hijack the browser for … Continued

‘Flash SD App Required To Proceed’ scam

‘Flash SD App Required To Proceed’ is a misleading alert that may be produced in Google Chrome and some other browsers. The occurrence of such pop-ups is the evidence of the adware to be currently in control of your browser settings. For this reason, your Google Chrome now functions in quite an unstable manner, your … Continued

Fake Alerts – “Four Virus”

“Four virus” is a strange term, but it is used that way by many fake antivirus warnings online. You might run into pop-ups online that claim that “Your system is heavily damaged by Four virus!”. These alerts are fake. They’re basically ads that are trying to scare you into downloading and installing an app. “Four … Continued

Free Trial Expiration Scam

Emails with subjects like “Do you want to extend your free trial?” and “Your free period is about to end!” are being used to spread trojans and other malware. These malicious emails claim that your free trial is about to expire and that you must call a phone number if you want to cancel your … Continued Survey Scam might look just like an official, legitimate survey about your experience with Google with the additional reward of a phone of your choice – iPhone Xs Max or Samsung Galaxy S10. In reality, the survey is fake and the prizes are a scam meant to steal people’s private information and money. It’s not uncommon … Continued

FunnyMonday Fake Virus Alerts

FunnyMonday sites (like,, are scam pages that appear when an infected website or an adware virus redirects you to it. It’s not any kind of official Apple support site. Rather, FunnyMonday was created to spread Cleanup My Mac, Smart Mac Booster, and similar bogus security programs for Mac computers. The danger with … Continued Fake Download Site is a scam/advertising site. It pretends to download files and install a program. Then it asks you to complete chores – do surveys, signing up for subscriptions – to supposedly finish the installation. If you find yourself on, close the site. It will waste your time and it may even expose you to … Continued Fake Games is a shady game pirating website. It promises free games, but it downloads adware bundles. This can result in unwanted programs being installed on your computer. And some of the games that offers don’t get installed at all. Though not every download from will result in malware being installed on your machine, … Continued Scams is a scam site that promises free games but ends up spreading subscription scams. is a fake game pirating site. It claims to have a huge video game library, all available for free – and all fake. fakes game installation in order to promote malicious content online. in short: Type of threat … Continued Fake Streaming Site is a fake movie streaming site. It advertises films that it doesn’t show. It promises films that it can’t even show and tricks visitors into signing up for paid services. If you find yourself on, be careful. The site is not dangerous on its own, but it might promote certain streaming scams that can … Continued Subscription Scam is a scam site. It asks you to fill out a survey, tells you that you won a phone, and then tries to get you to subscribe to If you were unexpectedly charged some money by Gamefoo, or if you were promised a free phone and were wondering where it went, might … Continued

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