What is Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired?
"Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" is a deceptive pop-up message stating that the anti-virus suite subscription is no longer valid. It is delivered by various deceptive websites. Research shows that many users visit these sites inadvertently - they are redirected by intrusive ads (displayed by other rogue sites) or PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
In most cases, potentially unwanted programs infiltrate systems without permission. As well as causing redirects, they deliver intrusive advertisements and gather sensitive data.
The message essentially states that the McAfee anti-virus suite subscription has expired and encourages users to immediately renew it to prevent ransomware and other infections. This is a scam. After clicking "Renew Now", users are asked to enter personal information.
Entered data is saved on a remote server controlled by cyber criminals. Furthermore, these people misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, entering private details can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you ignore the "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" message and leave the site immediately.
Note that some rogue sites use scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, close the browser using Task Manager or reboot the system. In addition, do not restore the previous session the next time you run your browser, otherwise you will end up opening the malicious site/s again.
Potentially unwanted programs deliver coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other similar advertisements. These are delivered using various tools (e.g., "virtual layer") that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, intrusive ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby diminishing the browsing experience.
Furthermore, these advertisements might redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download/install malware. Clicking them risks various computer infections. Another important issue is information tracking. Research shows that many PUPs record information relating to web browsing habits.
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic locations, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, keystrokes, and other collected information often includes personal details that developers sell to third parties. These people (potentially, cyber criminals) misuse private information to generate revenue.
Thus, the presence of data-tracking app(s) can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to eliminate all PUPs immediately.
|Name||"Your McAfee subscription has expired" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Delivered error message claims that user's McAfee subscription has expired and encourages to renew it.|
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|Symptoms||Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.|
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"Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" shares many similarities with dozens of other misleading pop-ups, such as, for example, You Are Our Winner Today!, ERROR 268d3x8938, Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At High Risk, and Computer Detected To Be Corrupted.
Unlike "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired", however, most of these messages claim that the system is already damaged (e.g., infected, missing files, etc.) and encourages users to download fake anti-virus/system repair tools or contact fake 'tech support'.
Cyber criminals generate revenue by promoting in-app purchases or tricking users into paying for unnecessary tech support. Potentially unwanted programs also share many similarities. These programs often offer a range of useful functions, but these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy.
The only purpose of PUPs is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value, they 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 websites, however, most infiltrate systems without permission, since developers promote them using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software.
Developers hide "bundled" PUPs within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users are very likely to rush these procedures and skip steps.
In addition, they click various ads. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs - users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Lack of knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention during download/installation processes, and when browsing the Internet in general. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs.
Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download them. You are advised to never use third party download/installation tools, since developers monetize them by promoting ("bundling") rogue apps. Software should be downloaded from official sources, via direct download links.
Note that developers invest many resources into intrusive ad design, thereby making them seem legitimate, however, most lead to pornography, adult dating, survey, gambling, and other untrustworthy sites. If you encounter these ads, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser extensions.
If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up:
Windows Security Center: Your McAfee subscription has expired today. Renew now to protect your computer from the latest Ransomware viruses.
Your McAfee subscription has expired on 8 July 2018
Do not leave your PC unprotected against the latest threats. Renew your subscription now to stay protected.
What Should I Do?
Step 1: Click the button below to download the latest version of McAfee 2018
Step 2: Run McAfee Antivirus to scan and remove all potential threats
The appearance of "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up (GIF):
Another dubious website (protect-now[.]online) promoting McAfee:
Text presented within this site:
Antivirus Protection Notice
Purchase now to stay protected for your PC.
If your PC is Unprotected, protect it now.
$70.00 Off Available Now
Another variant of "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up scam promoted via Amazon AWS service:
Text presented within:
Your McAfee Anti-Virus Protection!
Due to recent reports of Malware and Viruses, McAfee has released an Antivirus update.
Computers without the Antivirus, could be exposed to viruses and slower performance.
Clean and improve the performance of your Computer now. No computer restart is required.
Please Enable Now:
Xylodos.com website promoting McAfee via "Your Windows 10 is infected with 5 viruses!" pop-up scam:
Another variant of "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up scam (displayed by antivirus.secure-12.com website):
A variant of "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up scam displayed by onlineprotection.site website:
A variant of "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up scam displayed by securitytoday.org website:
A variant of "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up scam delivered by apps-notification.com website:
A variant of "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up scam delivered by subscriptions.click website:
Example of a questionable McAfee ad pushed via browser notifications:
A variant of "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up scam delivered by your-privacy-guardians.com website:
A variant of "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" pop-up scam delivered by renew-subscriptions.com website:
IMPORTANT NOTE! Pop-ups that promote scams like "Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" are often delivered by websites that ask to enable web browser notifications:
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings"
- Click on "Site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted programs:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your mcafee subscription has expired" 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your mcafee subscription has expired" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with "your mcafee subscription has expired" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your mcafee subscription has expired" virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove "your mcafee subscription has expired" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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