Firewall Detecting Suspicious Incoming Network Connections Scam

Also Known As: "Suspicious’ incoming network connections" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections removal instructions

What is Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections?

"Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections" is a fake error message displayed by a rogue website. Users often visit this site inadvertently - they are redirected by various potentially unwanted adware-type programs (PUPs). Note that cyber criminals also promote this scam using Typosquatting - whenever users misspell a URL (for example, "facebook[.]cm" rather than "facebook[.]com") they are redirected to the rogue site. Note also that PUPs deliver various intrusive online advertisements and gather information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections adware

According to this error message, the system has been infected with a trojan and the activation key has expired. Personal details (banking information, logins/passwords, messages, etc.) are also supposedly at risk. The message goes on to say that malware must be eliminated immediately and users are encouraged to contact Google's Help Desk via a telephone number ("+1-844-284-8623") provided. They then supposedly receive help in resolving this issue. In fact, "Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections" is fake and has no association with the Google company. Cyber criminals claim to be 'certified technicians' and attempt to scare and trick victims into calling and paying for technical support that is not required. For these reasons, this error should be ignored. You can remove it simply by closing the web browser. As mentioned above, PUPs also generate intrusive advertisements. To achieve this, developers usually employ a "virtual layer" - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads (coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.) often conceal underlying website content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, once clicked, these ads might activate a script to downloads/install malware or redirect to malicious websites. Therefore, even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. PUPs are also record user-system information relating to browsing activity. The list of collected data usually includes (but is not limited to) users' geo-locations, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, queries entered into search engines, pages viewed, and mouse/keyboard activity. The collected data may be personally identifiable and shared by PUP developers with third parties (who generate revenue by misusing personal details). Therefore, the presence of data-tracking apps can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name "Suspicious’ incoming network connections" virus
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim The fake pop-up error claims that Windows Firewall has detected some sort of suspicious network connections and encourages users to immediately contact technical support via provided telephone numbers.
Tech Support Scammer Phone Numbers +1-844-284-8623, 1-844-618-5763, +1-888-870-3813, +1-305-735-3877
Related Domain(s) bestsupportlll.000webhostapp[.]com
Symptoms Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.
Distribution methods Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.
Removal

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There are many fake errors similar to "Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections" (for example, Google Chrome Warning Alert, Suspicious Incoming Network Connections, Error Virus - Trojan Backdoor Hijack, etc.) All claim that the system is damaged or infected, however, as with Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections, they are designed to trick victims into purchasing unnecessary services. PUPs are designed to generate revenue for the developers. By offering various 'useful features', they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, they deliver no value for regular users. PUPs promote various websites (by causing unwanted redirects), deliver intrusive advertisements (using the "Pay Per Click" advertising model), and gather information relating to browsing activity. Most of the promoted websites are fake Internet search engines that also have similar behavior to PUPs - they promote dubious websites, display ads, and record data. These websites are often filled with dozens of intrusive online advertisements. Furthermore, they often generate irrelevant search results that might lead to malicious sites. Therefore, using a fake Internet search engine can result in high-risk adware or malware infections.

How did adware install on my computer?

Most PUPs are distributed via intrusive advertisements or a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of additional applications with regular (usually free) software. Many users rush the download/installation procedures and skip steps. Aware of this, developers conceal bundled apps within the "Custom/Advanced" settings. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of various PUPs and compromises users' privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Be very cautious when browsing the Internet. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings, carefully analyze each download/installation step, and decline offers to download/install additional software. Furthermore, avoid clicking any advertisements - this might cause various computer infections.

Text presented within the "Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections" pop-up error:

Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections, we recommend that you click on “Back to Safety”

Text presented within the malicious website:

Your computer has been Locked
Call Now: +1-844-284-8623
Your computer with the IP address 182.74.27.50 has been infected by the Trojans - Because System Activation KEY has expired & Your information (for example, passwords, messages, and credit cards) have been stolen. Call the Google Help Desk +1-844-288-8623 to protect your files.

Another variant of this scam using 1-844-618-5763 phone number:

firewall detecting suspicious incoming network traffic scam variant 2

A variant of "Firewall Detecting Suspicious Incoming Network Connections" tech support scam using +1-888-870-3813 phone number:

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Yet another variant of "Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections" pop-up scam using +1-305-735-3877 telephone number:

Firewall detecting suspicious incoming network connections pop-up scam

 

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections adware uninstall via Control Panel

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. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "suspicious’ incoming network connections" virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "suspicious’ incoming network connections" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "suspicious’ incoming network connections" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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