Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "Your McAfee subscription has expired" virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired removal instructions

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"Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired" is a deceptive pop-up message stating that the anti-virus suite subscription is no longer valid.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.

Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired scam

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.

Threat Summary:
Name "Your McAfee subscription has expired" virus
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of one's computer.
Distribution methods Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.
Removal

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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 Spyhunter 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):

Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired 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.

Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired 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 "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.

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 "your mcafee subscription has expired" 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 on "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 "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, 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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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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