Poor knowledge of these threats and rushing steps are the main reasons for computer infections. Further action through this computer or any computer on this network will reveal private information and involve serious risks.

Rather than providing the functions promised, these rogue programs promote suspicious websites (by causing unwanted redirects), diminish system performance, deliver malicious ads (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model), and gather user-system information.

Research shows that some PUPs have official download/promotion websites, however, criminals also proliferate them via a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party programs together with regular software/apps), and via the aforementioned malicious ads.

All claim to provide "useful features" (such as VPN services, image optimization, media play, etc.), however, these false claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy.

In fact, only a small fraction of PUPs provide the functions promised. They are designed only to generate revenue for the developers.

It goes on to state that these viruses must be eliminated immediately.

Victims are encouraged to contact Windows Technical Support via a toll-free telephone number ("(866) 564-0233") provided.

Furthermore, these people often demand remote access to the caller's computer then install malware and/or change system settings.

Criminals then claim to "find" even more issues and offer their help for additional fees.

Code: 055BCCAC9FECInternet Security Alert: Your Computer Might Be Infected by Harmful Viruses. The following data will be compromised if you continue:1. In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you uninstall them immediately.