Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At High Risk POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At High Risk" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk removal instructions

What is Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk?

"Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk" is another fake error similar to Computer Detected To Be Corrupted, Windows Malware Detected, Computer Detected To Be Corrupted, and many others. Cyber criminals deliver this error using various deceptive websites that users often visit inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive ads (displayed on other untrustworthy sites). Research shows that many PUPs infiltrate systems without consent. Furthermore, these programs deliver intrusive ads and monitor web browsing activity by recording various sensitive information.

Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk scam

The "Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk" error essentially states that suspicious activity has been detected on the user's Internet Protocol (IP) address caused by a "harmful virus". It also states that the malware poses a threat to personal information and system stability. For these reasons, it must be eliminated immediately. To receive help in resolving this issue, users are encouraged to contact 'technicians' via a toll-free telephone number ("1-866-218-1999") provided. These technicians supposedly guide victims through the malware removal process. This is a scam. "Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk" is fake and has nothing to do with Microsoft. In fact, cyber criminals generate revenue by tricking gullible users into paying for tech support that is not required. Therefore, ignore the "Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk" error and never call the telephone number. You can remove this error simply by closing the web browser, however, some rogue sites use scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, close the browser using Task Manager or simply restart the computer. After re-running the browser, do not restore the previous session, otherwise you will reopen the malicious site/s.

As mentioned, potentially unwanted programs gather various information. Collected data (IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) typically includes personal information that is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, having information-tracking apps installed can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Another important issue is display of intrusive ads. Most PUPs deliver banners, pop-ups, coupons, and other similar ads. To achieve this, developers employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, intrusive ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, they might redirect to malicious sites or run scripts designed to download/install malware. Therefore, even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. Uninstall all potentially unwanted programs immediately.

There are dozens of fake errors that share similarities with "Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk". All claim that system is infected, missing files or damaged in other similar ways, however, these errors are designed only to extort money from unsuspecting users. All potentially unwanted programs are very similar. By offering a wide range of "useful features", these programs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

To proliferate PUPs, developers typically use the "bundling" method and the aforementioned intrusive advertisements. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party programs with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. These people do not properly disclose these installations. Furthermore, many users are likely to skip download/installation steps and click various advertisements - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs. In this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Poor knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design, but most redirect to malicious websites (surveys, gambling, adult dating, and so on). If you encounter these advertisements, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. In addition, carefully analyze each step of the download/installation dialogs using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included applications and decline offers to download/install them. We recommend that you avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since they are often monetized by promoting ("bundling") PUPs. Download applications from official sources only, using direct download links. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Reimage Repair Tool for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk" pop-up:

Microsoft Alert
Someone is Trying to Steal Your Banking Details, Credit Card Details & Other Logins. Please Call Microsoft At 1-866-218-1999 Immediately To Prevent Data loss. Hard Drive safety delete in starting in 4:30 Your data is at high risk. To immediately rectify issue and prevent data loss 1-866-218-1999
PLASE DO NOT SHUT DOWN OR RESTART YOUR COMPUTER, DOING THAT MAY LEAD TO DATA LOSS AND FAILURE OF OPERATING SYSTEM, HENCE NON BOOTABLE SITUATION RESULTING COMPLETE DATA LOSS. CONTACT ADMINISTRATOR DEPARTMENT TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE ON TOLL FREE @ 1-866-218-1999. Suspicious activity detected on your IP address due to harmful virus installed in your computer. Call Toll Free now @ 1-866-218-1999 for any assistance. Your data is at a serious risk. There is a system file missing due to some harmful virus. Debug malware error, system failure. Please do not open internet browser for your security issue to avoid data corruption on your operating system. Please contact technicians at Tollfree Helpline at @ 1-866-128-1999 Warning: Your user name and password will be sent using basic authentication on a connection that isn't secure.

The appearance of "Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk" pop-up (GIF):

Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk scam gif

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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.

Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At Risk 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 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 "microsoft alert your data is at high risk" 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 "microsoft alert your data is at high risk" 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 "microsoft alert your data is at high risk" 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

  • 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.

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