Someone is Trying to Steal Your Banking Details Scam

Also Known As: "Someone is Trying to Steal Your Banking Details" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details removal instructions

What is Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details?

"Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details" is a fake error pop-up displayed by a deceptive website. Research shows that users are redirected to this website by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that infiltrate systems without consent, or trick users to install by falsely claiming to provide "useful features". PUPs are also known to track Internet browsing activity and deliver intrusive online advertisements.

Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details adware

This error message states that personal information (banking details, logins/passwords, etc.) is stolen and, to prevent further data loss, victims must immediately contact "Certified Microsoft Technicians" via a telephone number ("1-800-954-280") provided. These people will supposedly resolve the issue. Bear in mind, however, that "Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details" is fake - merely a scam that has nothing to do with Microsoft. Cyber criminals attempt to scare victims and trick them into paying for technical support that is not required. Therefore, we strongly advise you to ignore all requests to call the telephone number. You can remove this error simply by closing the web browser. As mentioned above, PUPs continually monitor browsing activity by gathering various data that might be personally identifiable. The list of collected data types includes (but is not limited to) users' geo-locations, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, websites visited, queries entered into search engines, pages viewed, and mouse/keyboard activity. Most PUP developers sell this information to third parties to generate revenue. The third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) also misuse private details in various ways to make money. This can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Furthermore, PUPs deliver pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar ads. These are displayed using various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. The ads often conceal visited website content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, intrusive ads often redirect to malicious websites or execute scripts designed to download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. We strongly recommend you to uninstall all PUPs immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name"Someone is Trying to Steal Your Banking Details" virus
Threat TypeAdware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
SymptomsSeeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageDecreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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There are dozens of deceptive websites that display fake errors similar to "Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details" (for example, High Priority Message, Unusual Activity, Your Computer May Have a Virus!, etc.) All of these viruses claim that the system is damaged in some way (for example, infected, hijacked, missing files, etc.), however, these claims are merely attempts to trick users into paying unnecessary technical services. All PUPs are virtually identical and offer 'useful features'. In fact, they deliver no value for regular users and are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. PUPs deliver intrusive ads (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model), gather information, and promote dubious websites. Most of these promoted sites are fake search engines that also have an identical purpose: they promote other websites (fake search results), display ads, and record data. As with intrusive ads, false search results often redirect to malicious websites. Therefore, using fake search engines is very risky - they pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did adware install on my computer?

Some PUPs have official download/promotion websites, however, criminals also proliferate them using the aforementioned intrusive ads along with a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Many users rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Aware of this, developers hide bundled apps within the "Custom/Advanced" settings. Skipping this section (and clicking various ads) exposes systems to risk of various infections and compromises users' privacy. This behavior often leads to various computer infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

PUPs are proliferated using bundling and intrusive ads. Therefore, be very careful when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Download your software from official sources only and (if possible) select a direct download URL. Third party downloaders/installers commonly bundle additional apps and, therefore, we strongly advise you not to use them. Carefully analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline offers to download/install third party software. Never click online ads no matter how tempting they may seem. Research shows that criminals put a great deal of time and effort into designing these ads. They usually appear genuine (determining if displayed ads originate from visited [legitimate] websites is virtually impossible), but do not take the risk of clicking them. Poor knowledge of these threats and rushing steps are the main reasons for computer infections - the key to computer safety is caution.

Text presented within "Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details" error:

Someone is Trying to Steal Your Banking Details. Your Banking Details, Credit Card Details & Other logins Are At Risk. Please Call Microsoft at 1-800-954-280 Immediately to Prevent Data Loss.

Contact Our Certified Windows Technicians For Immediate Assistance 1-800-954-280

Another variant of this tech support scam (scammers are using +1-877-566-8820 phone number):

steal banking details tech support pop-up scam variant2

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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.

Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details 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.

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 Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details 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 Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "someone is trying to steal your banking details" 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 Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details  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 Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "someone is trying to steal your banking details" 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 Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details 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 Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "someone is trying to steal your banking details" 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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "someone is trying to steal your banking details" virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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.

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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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