Computer Detected To Be Corrupted POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "Computer Detected To Be Corrupted" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Computer Detected To Be Corrupted removal instructions

What is Computer Detected To Be Corrupted?

"Computer Detected To Be Corrupted" is a fake error message similar to COMPUTER BLOCKED, System Activation KEY Has Expired, Block Due To Suspicious Activities, and many others. This error is displayed by various deceptive sites that users often visit inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive ads generated by other malicious sites. In addition, PUPs typically infiltrate systems without consent and, as well as causing redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements and gather sensitive data.

Computer Detected To Be Corrupted scam

This error states that the system is damaged and, for this reason, users should immediately contact Microsoft 'tech support' via a telephone number ["(866) 288-3379"] provided. Be aware, however, that "Computer Detected To Be Corrupted" is a scam. This error is fake and has nothing to do with Microsoft. Cyber criminals generate revenue by scaring and tricking unsuspecting users into calling and paying for technical support that is not required - your computer is likely to be completely safe. Therefore, ignore the "Computer Detected To Be Corrupted" error and certainly do not call the aforementioned telephone number. Removing this error is simple: close the web browser. Note, however, note that some websites employ scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser via Task Manager or simply reboot the system. After re-running the browser, do not restore the previous session, otherwise you will re-open the rogue site.

PUPs deliver various intrusive ads (e.g., coupons, banners, pop-ups, and similar). To achieve this, developers employ various tools (e.g., "virtual layer") that enable placement of third party graphical content on any visited website. Therefore, intrusive ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, these ads can lead to dubious websites or execute scripts that stealthily download and install malware. Therefore, even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. Another important issue is information tracking. Research shows that potentially unwanted programs are likely to gather IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, keystrokes, geo-locations, and other similar data that typically includes personal details. The information is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private details to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking applications can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. All potentially unwanted programs must be uninstalled immediately.

As mentioned above, "Computer Detected To Be Corrupted" is virtually identical to dozens of other fake errors. All state that the system is damaged, however, these claims are merely attempts to extort money from unsuspecting users. Potentially unwanted programs also share many similarities. By offering various "useful features", PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, these programs deliver no real value for regular users. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the features promised, PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

Some PUPs have official download/installation websites, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, PUPs typically infiltrate systems without permission. Developers promote them using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They hide "bundled" PUPs within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users rush these processes, skip steps, and click various advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This exposes their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Be aware that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). If you experience these redirects, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze each download/installation step and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. You are also advised to download your software from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus, these tools should not be used.

Text presented in "Computer Detected To Be Corrupted" pop-up:

EROR 268D3 Warning: COMPUTER DETECTED TO BE CORRUPTED & UNRECOVERABLE. CALL SPECIALIST MICROSOFT HELP DESK AT TOLL FREE (866) 288-3379
Windows Detected Potential Threats On Your Computer.
Windows Security Essentials was unable to block the virus. Windows detected several potential threats that will compromise your privacy and heart your computer.
Error Code: 0x8024402c, Windows couldn't install the definition updated. More Information & Support Please Contract (866) 288-3379

The appearance of "Computer Detected To Be Corrupted" pop-up (GIF):

Computer Detected To Be Corrupted scam gif

Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted programs:

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.

Computer Detected To Be Corrupted 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 rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "computer detected to be corrupted" 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 rogue extensions 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 and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "computer detected to be corrupted" 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 rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "computer detected to be corrupted" 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 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

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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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