You Have A ZEUS Virus Scam

Also Known As: ZEUS virus scam
Type: Adware
Distribution: High
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

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You have a ZEUS virus removal instructions

What is You have a ZEUS virus?

"You have a ZEUS virus" is a fake error message displayed by a rogue website. It is very similar to Hacking Alert, Cyber Security Warning, Hard Disk Failure, and a number of other fake error messages. Users are redirected to this site by a number of potentially unwanted adware-type programs (PUPs). These programs infiltrate the system during installation of regular apps. Following infiltration, adware-type apps deliver intrusive online advertisements, monitor users' web browsing activity and, in this case, cause unwanted browser redirects.

You have a ZEUS virus adware

This fake pop-up error states that the system is infected with ZEUS malware and that closing the website will result in deletion of the hard drive. To prevent this situation and remove the malware, victims must contact a certified technician via a toll-free telephone number provided (+1-884-859-0337). Victims will then supposedly receive help in solving the issue. This error is a fraud. The infection does not exist - cyber criminals (developers of the rogue site) attempt to trick victims into calling and paying for services that are not needed. As well as causing unwanted redirects, adware displays intrusive online advertisements (for example, banners, pop-ups, coupons, etc.). To do this, it uses a 'virtual layer' - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed advertisements often conceal underlying content of visited websites, thereby significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. Furthermore, these ads might lead to malicious websites - clicking them can result in high-risk computer infections. Adware also records geo-locations, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Internet service providers (ISP), and a number of other similar data types that might contain private details. The data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who commonly misuse private details to generate revenue. This situation might cause serious privacy issues. You are strongly advised to uninstall adware-type applications immediately.

Adware-type applications are often very similar. By offering a number of 'useful features', adware often gives the impression of legitimate software. In fact, these apps are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. All claims to improve Internet browsing experience are false. Adware provides no significant value for regular users. FastoPlayer, HDWallpaper, Ghostify, and other similar adware, collects personally identifiable information, delivers intrusive online ads, and causes unwanted browser redirects.

How did adware install on my computer?

Some adware-type programs have an official download website, however, most are distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular (usually free) software. Users often skip most/all of the download and installation steps. Bundled programs are intentionally hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings. By skipping this section, users expose their systems to risk of various infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, closely analyze the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Secondly, all additionally-included programs listed for download/installation should be cancelled. The key to computer safety is caution.

An updated variant of ZEUS virus scam (scammers use 1-844-612-7496 telephone number):

zeus virus scam updated variant

Text presented in "You have a ZEUS virus" error message:

WARNING! Your Hard drive will be DELETED if your close this page. You have a ZEUS Virus! Please call Support Now!. Call Toll-Free: 1-844-859-0337 To Stop This Process

Screenshot of another "You have a ZEUS virus" variant:

Second variant of

Text presented within this error message:

****Dont Restart Your Computer ****
Windows Detected ZEUS Virus, The Infections detected, indicate some recent downloads on the computer which in turn has created problems on the computer.Call technical support 1-844-859-0337 and share this code B2957E to the Agent to Fix This.

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove ZEUS virus

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.

You have a ZEUS virus 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.


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Remove adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing You have a ZEUS virus 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 You have a ZEUS virus ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the you have a zeus 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

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing You have a ZEUS virus  ads from Google Chrome step 1

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

Removing You have a ZEUS virus ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the you have a zeus virus , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

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

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing You have a ZEUS virus 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 You have a ZEUS virus ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with you have a zeus 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 the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

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

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

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

Summary:
declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 1ZEUS virus is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download. Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the decline button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications.

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 2

Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.

If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.

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