ERROR #AP7MQ79 removal instructions
What is ERROR #AP7MQ79?
"ERROR #AP7MQ79" is a fake error message similar to Windows Product Key Expired, ERROR 268d3x8938, and many others. It is displayed by various deceptive websites that users often visit inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive ads delivered by other dubious sites. Research shows that many PUPs infiltrate systems without permission. As well as causing redirects, they deliver intrusive ads and gather sensitive information.
"ERROR #AP7MQ79" states that the system is infected and, thus, users' personal details (logins/passwords, banking information, etc.) are at risk. Users are encouraged to eliminate the malware immediately, however, before doing so, they must contact "certified technicians" via a toll-free telephone number ("8052209695") provided. These people then supposedly guide victims through the malware removal process. This is a scam - "ERROR #AP7MQ79" is fake and your computer is probably safe and virus-free. Developers generate revenue by tricking unsuspecting users into calling and paying for 'tech support' that is not required. Therefore, ignore the "ERROR #AP7MQ79" error and never attempt to call the aforementioned telephone number. This error can be removed simply by closing the browser. Be aware, however, that some rogue sites 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 end up opening the malicious site again.
Potentially unwanted programs deliver coupon, banner, pop-up, and other intrusive advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any visited website. Therefore, deployed ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, intrusive ads can redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that download/install PUPs or even malware. Therefore, clicking them risks various computer infections. Another important issue is information tracking. Research shows that potentially unwanted programs are very likely to record information that includes personal details. Collected data (IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, etc.) is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private information. The presence of data-tracking apps might thus lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. All potentially unwanted programs must be eliminated immediately.
As mentioned above, "ERROR #AP7MQ79" shares many similarities with dozens of other errors. All claim that the system is damaged (infected, missing files, etc.), however, these false claims are merely attempts to extort money from gullible users. Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) also share many similarities. By offering many "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, rather than giving any real value, PUPs cause unwanted redirects and gather sensitive information, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?
Some PUPs have official download/promotion websites, however, most infiltrate systems without users’ permission. Research shows that developers proliferate potentially unwanted programs using the aforementioned intrusive ads and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of PUPs together with regular apps). Developers hide "bundled" apps 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 often click advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This careless behavior is likely to result in inadvertent installation of PUPs.
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. Developers invest considerable time and resources into intrusive ad design, thereby making them appear legitimate. Despite this, most lead to dubious websites such as adult dating, gambling, pornography, and so on. The ads are typically delivered by adware and, therefore, if you encounter them, remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze each window of the download/installation processes and cancel third party apps. You are advised to download your programs from official sources only (using direct download links), since third party downloaders/installers are monetized by promoting ("bundling") PUPs. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in "ERROR #AP7MQ79" pop-up:
YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED
Call immediately: 8052209695 (Free)
Do not ignore this critical alert.
If you close this page, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage to our network. Your computer has alerted us that it has been infected with a virus and spyware. the following information may be lost.
1. Connect Facebook
2. Credit Card details
3. Access to the e-mail account
4. Photos stored on this computer
Contact us immediately so our engineers can guide you through the phone removal process. Please call us within 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled.
Call immediately to: 8052209695
The appearance of "ERROR #AP7MQ79" pop-up (GIF):
Instant automatic removal of ERROR #AP7MQ79 virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of ERROR #AP7MQ79 virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is ERROR #AP7MQ79?
- 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 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "error #ap7mq79" 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 "error #ap7mq79" 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 "error #ap7mq79" 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.
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