New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against half a dozen private companies based at New Delhi, Jaipur(Rajasthan); Noida(UP) & Gurugram(Haryana) and other unknown persons for allegedly transmitting pop ups to the victims’ personal computers with warnings/bogus messages about serious technical problems including malware infection in their Microsoft Windows Systems.
These companies allegedly advise the victims to install certain anti-malwares or anti-virus, which are essentially PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).
Victims were being given the option to activate PUPs by paying the fee online or by calling a support number advertised in the interface of the program. The victims have been fraudulently influenced in this manner and trapped to maintain their systems properly.
It has also been alleged that the victims were made to pay online by clicking the link on the interface for resolving the non-existent problem or upon ringing up the call centres to seek resolution of the fake problems.
Searches have been conducted at 10 locations including Jaipur, Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad and Mainpuri (UP) at the premises of the accused companies and the residential premises of several persons.