Your Computer May Have a Virus! Scam

Also Known As: "Your Computer May Have a Virus!" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Your Computer May Have A Virus! removal instructions

What is Your Computer May Have A Virus!?

"Your Computer May Have A Virus!" is a fake error message displayed by a malicious website that users often visit inadvertently - they are redirected by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). These programs infiltrate systems without consent or commonly trick users to install by falsely claiming to provide various "useful features". As well as causing redirects, PUPs track Internet browsing activity and generate intrusive online advertisements.

Your Computer May Have A Virus! adware

The error message states that the system is infected, and private information (credit card details, logins/passwords, webcam access, etc.) is at risk. It suggests that the malware must be eliminated immediately, however, unlike other similar errors, "Your Computer May Have A Virus!" does not encourage users to contact technical support. Rather, it proposes installation of a malware removal tool. As mentioned above, however, "Your Computer May Have A Virus!" is fake. Criminals attempt to trick users into installing PUPs by promoting them as malware removal tools. Therefore, ignore this error message. You can remove it simply by closing the web browser. Be aware also that PUPs continually track browsing activity by gathering various user-system information (for example, geo-locations, Internet Protocol addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, mouse/keyboard activity, etc.) that might contain personal details. PUP developers aim to generate as much revenue as possible by selling the collected data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who also generate revenue by misuing personal details. This can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Another downside is display of intrusive advertisements. PUPs deliver coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar ads that often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, they can redirect to malicious websites or even activate scripts that download and install additional malware/PUPs. Therefore, even accidental clicks might result in high-risk adware or malware infections. We strongly advise you to uninstall all PUPs immediately.

There are dozens of fake errors similar to "Your Computer May Have A Virus!" including, for example, Unauthorized Access Detected !, Unknown System Failure!, and Google Chrome Warning Alert. All state that the system is infected, missing files, or damaged in other similar ways. These claims are merely attempts to trick users into calling and paying for unnecessary technical support, or downloading fake malware removers. All PUPs are virtually identical. By offering various 'useful features', PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, they are useless for regular users, merely cause unwanted redirects (thereby promoting various dubious websites), collect various user-system information (which is later sold to third parties), and deliver intrusive advertisements (using the "Pay Per Click" advertising model). Most of the promoted websites are fake search engines. As with PUPs, fake search engines also promote other websites (by generating fake results), deliver intrusive ads, and record various user-system information. Bear in mind that fake search results (and intrusive ads) can redirect to malicious websites. Therefore, using a fake search engine is very risky.

How did adware install on my computer?

As well as via intrusive ads, PUPs are distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" programs within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes. Rushing these processes, skipping steps, and clicking various intrusive advertisements, exposes systems to risk of various infections and compromises users' privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. Therefore, be very cautious browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Cyber criminals put a great deal of time and effort into designing intrusive online advertisements. Therefore, determining if they originate from the visited (legitimate) website is virtually impossible. Do not take the risk of clicking intrusive ads. In addition, download your software from official sources only using (if possible) the direct download link. Third party downloaders commonly include ("bundle") additional apps. We strongly advise against using these downloaders. It is also important to carefully analyze each download/installation step (especially the "Custom/Advanced" settings) and opt-out of all additionally-included programs.

Text presented within first "Your Computer May Have a Virus!" error variant:

How to Remove:
Step 1: Click on the button below to download and install -.
Step 2: Run - and remove all detected threats immediately.
Seeing these pop-up’s means that you may have a virus installed on your computer which puts the security of your personal data at a serious risk. it’s strongly advised that you get this fixed ASAP before you continue.

Possible network damages from potential threats: UNKNOWN
Your Data Exposes to Risk:
1. Your credit card details and banking information.
2. Your e-mail passwords and other account passwords.
3. Your Facebook, Skype, AIM and other chat logs.
4. Your private photos, family photos and other sensitive files.
5. Your webcam could be accessed remotely by stalkers.

Second variant of "Your Computer May Have a Virus!" scam:

Second variant of Your Computer May Have a Virus! scam

Text presented within second "Your Computer May Have a Virus!" error variant:

Are you sure you PC os spyware-free? Your OS version: -
Attention! Our of 732,000 PC’s scanned in September 2017, 92,4% had at least one threat detected. If not removed, it may damage system files and expose personal data. How to Remove: Step 1: Click on the button below to download and install - Step 2: Run - and remove all detected threats immediately.

"Your Computer May Have a Virus!" promoting fake malware removal tools:

Your Computer May Have a Virus! scam spreading PUPs

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.

Your Computer May Have A 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.


Download remover for "Your Computer May Have a Virus!" virus
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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 Your Computer May Have A 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 Your Computer May Have A Virus! ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your computer may have a 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 Your Computer May Have A Virus!  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 Your Computer May Have A Virus! ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your computer may have a virus!" 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 Your Computer May Have A 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 Your Computer May Have A Virus! ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "your computer may have a 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

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.

Removal assistance:
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