Microsoft.Inc Warning! Scam

Also Known As: Microsoft.Inc Warning! virus
Damage level: Severe

What is "Microsoft.Inc Warning!"?

"Microsoft.Inc Warning!" is a fake error message displayed by a malicious website. It states that malicious data has been transferred to the victim's computer and that the system is infected with a trojan virus. It is also states that the System Registry may have been corrupted and exploited.

Rebooting or shutting down the computer will supposedly lead to an operating system crash. To solve this problem, victims are encouraged to call "Microsoft Technical Support" via a telephone number provided (1-844-507-3556).

Microsoft.Inc Warning! scam

The website displays the "Microsoft.Inc Warning!" error message, which contains Microsoft's logo. This often tricks users into believing that the error is genuine and that their system is corrupted/infected, however, "Microsoft.Inc Warning!" is a scam.

All claims regarding infection are merely attempts to trick users into calling the fake Technical Support number and paying for help/services that are not needed. By paying, you will simply support criminals' malicious businesses and receive nothing in return.

This site uses JavaScript to display another fake pop-up error message stating that certain system files are missing and that the computer might stop responding. It is virtually impossible to close the pop-up, since the JavaScript loop opens the pop-up hundreds of thousands of times.

Therefore, the only solution is to close the browser via the Task Manager or another tool. Note that the script uses extensive computer resources and, therefore, it is possible that a system with low specifications will be unable to load any tool. In this case, you should hard reboot your system.

"Microsoft.Inc Warning!" shares many similarities with dozens of other scam error messages such as Your Windows Has Been Banned, ERROR_LOCAL_USER, You Have A ZEUS Virus, etc. All state that the system is corrupted, infected, or damaged in other similar ways. These are merely attempts to frighten victims and trick them into calling/paying.

These viruses can be distributed with adware/browser-hijacking applications, however, cyber criminals mostly proliferate this type of malware via spam emails (malicious attachments), peer-to-peer (P2P) networks (Torrents, eMule, etc.) and other third party software download sources (free file hosting sites, freeware download websites, and other), trojans, and fake software updaters.

Therefore, be cautious when opening files received from unrecognized/suspicious email addresses. Furthermore, download software from official/certified sources only. Using a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite and keeping your installed applications up-to-date is also very important. The key to computer safety is caution.

"Microsoft.Inc Warning!" error message:

Microsoft.Inc Warning! System has been infected
Microsoft Identification-Malware infected website visited. Malicious data transferred to system from unauthorized
access. System Registry files may be changed and can be used for unethical activities.

System has been infected by Virus Trojan.worm!055BCCAC9FEC - Personal information (Banking Details, Credit Cards and Account Password) may be stolen. System IP Address - is unmasked and can be accessed for virus spreading. Microsoft has reported to the connected ISP to implement new firewall. Users should call immediately to Technical Support 1-844-507-3556 for free system scan.

Screenshot of "Microsoft.Inc Warning!" pop-up error:

Microsoft.Inc Warning! pop-up scam

Text presented within this pop-up:

.net Frame 0x80070424 file missing
Visited Malware Website, Operating System is infected with Virus
System may stop responding due to missing file
System registry scan is required.
Do not restart or shutdown. Doing so may crash operating system.
Call 24x7 Support: 1-844-507-3556

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Quick menu:

"Microsoft.Inc Warning!" virus removal:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click on Advanced Startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window select Advanced Startup. Click on the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into "Advanced Startup options menu".

Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Networking Prompt.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the "Microsoft.Inc Warning!" virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove viruses using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer starting process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt Mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the "Microsoft.Inc Warning!" virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remnants of the "Microsoft.Inc Warning!" virus.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk.

Some viruses disable Safe Mode making it's removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer. After removing "Microsoft.Inc Warning!" virus from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with legitimate anti-spyware software to remove any possible remnants of this security infection.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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