Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus Scam

Also Known As: "Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus removal instructions

What is Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus?

"Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus" is a deceptive pop-up error message claiming that the system has been infected. This error is displayed by a malicious website, which users often visit inadvertently - they are automatically redirected to it by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). These applications usually infiltrate systems without users' consent ("bundling" method). As well as causing unwanted redirects, PUPs deliver intrusive online advertisements and continually track Internet browsing activity.

Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus adware

"Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus" states that a computer infection has been detected and that private information (logins/passwords, credit card details, etc.) is at risk. According to the pop-up, the malware must be removed immediately by contacting technical support via a toll-free telephone number ("+1-844-786-8921"). Certified technicians then (supposedly) safely remove the malware. In fact, the "Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus" error is fake and should not be trusted. By falsely stating that the system is infected, cyber criminals attempt to trick users into calling and paying for services that are not required. Therefore, never attempt to contact these people. You can remove this error by simply closing the web browser. Be aware that PUPs employ a "virtual layer" to generate pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, they often redirect to malicious websites and even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. Research shows that potentially unwanted programs gather Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geo-locations, mouse/keyboard activity, URLs visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, and other similar information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. This collected data might contain personal details that developers of PUPs share with third parties. There is a high probability that private details are misused to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. PUPs should be uninstalled immediately from your system.

The Internet is full of websites displaying fake errors similar to "Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus". Examples include System Blocked For Security Reasons, Your System Might Be Infected, Do Not Ignore This Windows Alert, and many others. All claim that the system is missing files or damaged in other similar ways, however, these errors should never be trusted. They are merely attempts to generate revenue by extorting money from unsuspecting users. Potentially unwanted programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. By delivering promises to enable various 'useful functionality', they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, rather than providing any significant value for regular users, PUPs cause unwanted browser redirects, deliver intrusive ads, and collect private information.

How did adware install on my computer?

Cyber criminals proliferate potentially unwanted programs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software. Developers know that most users rush the download and installation processes and skip many steps. Therefore, bundled programs are hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

PUPs are distributed using the bundling method. Therefore, never rush the download or installation processes. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step. Furthermore, opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them.

Screenshot of "Microsoft has Detected A Porn Virus" pop-up (GIF):

Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus gif

Text presented within the first pop-up:

Microsoft has detected that a porn virus has infected your system and trying to steal pictures, data, and social networking passwords. This is a serious hacking issue. Rectify it immediately. IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED. Please Do Not Try to Fix Manually. It May Crash Your Data. ERROR CODE: ERR7343DYJ6 Call 1844-786-8921 (Toll Free) and tell this code to agent. Please Visit Your Nearest Windows Service Centre OR Call Help Desk Customer Service +1-844-786-8921 (TOLL-FREE) IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED PLEASE DO NOT SHUT DOWN OR RESTART YOUR COMPUTER, DOING THAT MAY LEAD TO DATA LOSS AND FAILURE OF OPERATING SYSTEM, HENCE BOOTABLE SITUATION RESULTING COMPLETE DATA LOSS. The Trojan and backdoors are not themselves easily detectable, but if they carry our significant computing or communications activity may cause the computer to run noticeably slowly. Malicious program are classified as Trojans if they do not attempt to inject themselves into other files (computer ZEUS virus) or otherwise propagate themselves (worm). A computer may host a Trojan via a malicious program a user is duped into executing files or browsing Internet. Network administration department at +1-844-786-8921 (TOLL-FREE)

Text presented within the second pop-up:

The problem is caused by an unusual activity performed on this machine. Please call our Microsoft Support Team at +1-844-786-8921 (TollFree) to resolve this issues.

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.

Microsoft Has Detected A Porn 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Microsoft Has Detected A Porn 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 Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "microsoft has detected a porn virus" 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 Microsoft Has Detected A Porn 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 Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "microsoft has detected a porn virus" 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

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Microsoft Has Detected A Porn 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 Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "microsoft has detected a porn virus" 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

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 1"Microsoft Has Detected A Porn Virus" 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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