ERROR #AP7MQ79 POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "ERROR #AP7MQ79" virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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 scam

"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.

Threat Summary:
Name "ERROR #AP7MQ79" 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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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
ERROR #AP7MQ79
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):

ERROR #AP7MQ79 scam gif

Another variant of "ERROR #AP7MQ79" pop-up scam (crooks use a different telephone number - "+1-844-529-5965"):

ERROR #AP7MQ79 pop-up scam sample 2

Text presented within this pop-up:

Important Information
Toll Free : +1-844-529-5965

*** ERROR # AP7MQ79 *** Windows was blocked due to suspicious activity

The following information may be lost:
1. Passwords
2. Browsing history
3. Sensitive information (credit cards)
4. Files on the hard disk

Do not ignore this critical warning. Closing this page will disable your computer access to prevent further damage to our network
please call: +1-844-529-5965 .
Contact us immediately so that our technicians can guide you through the process of removing the phone. Please call us within 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled.

Telephone number: +1-844-529-5965

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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.

ERROR #AP7MQ79 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 "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.

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 "error #ap7mq79" 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 "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, 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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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

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