Your System Data Has Been Compromized removal instructions
What is Your System Data Has Been Compromized?
"Your System Data Has Been Compromized" is another fake error message similar to Window's Security Certificate Is Expired, Updates Are Needed To Patch New Security Flaws, and many others. This pop-up is delivered by deceptive websites. Users generally visit these sites inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or intrusive advertisements displayed on other rogue sites. Research shows that unwanted apps typically infiltrate systems without permission. As well as causing redirects, they are also designed to gather sensitive information and deploy intrusive advertisements.
This error message states that the system is compromised and that cyber criminals are able to track users' financial activities and access stored files. It goes on to state that they should immediately report this activity to Microsoft's support center via a telephone number ["+1-(888)-216-5999"] provided. Users then supposedly receive help in resolving the issue. To make the message even more believable, rogue sites start downloading hundreds of files to crash the web browser. This is a scam and Microsoft has nothing to do with it. Your computer is likely to be safe and virus-free. Cyber criminals simply generate revenue by tricking gullible users into calling and paying for support that is not required. Therefore, ignore "Your System Data Has Been Compromized". You can remove this error simply by closing the rogue site, however, some rogue sites employ scripts that disable closing of browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser using Windows Task Manager or simply reboot the system. Once the browser is re-opened, do not restore the previous session, since you will end up returning the malicious sites.
Potentially unwanted applications gather IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar data relating to web browsing habits. Collected information usually includes personal details that is shared with third parties and misused to generate revenue. Therefore, having data-tracking apps installed on your computer can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Another significant downside is display of intrusive advertisements. Potentially unwanted applications are notorious for delivering coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other similar ads. To achieve this, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any visited website. As a result, delivered ads often conceal underlying content, thereby diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, intrusive ads might redirect to malicious sites and execute scripts that download/install potentially unwanted applications or even high-risk malware. Clicking them is risky and can result in system infections. We strongly recommend that you eliminate all potentially unwanted applications immediately.
|Name||"Your System Data Has Been Compromized" 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
As mentioned above, "Your System Data Has Been Compromized" shares many similarities with dozens of other fake error messages. All claim that the system is infected, missing files, unsecure, or damaged in other similar ways, however, these are attempts to trick unsuspecting users into purchasing useless software (e.g., fake anti-virus suites) or pay for services ('tech support') that are not required. All potentially unwanted applications also share many similarities. By offering "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, these rogue apps are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Most deliver no real value for regular users and pose a direct threat to your privacy and browsing safety.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
To proliferate potentially unwanted applications, developers typically use the aforementioned intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications together with regular software). Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often click advertisements and skip download/installation steps. This behavior can lead to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted applications. In this way, 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 when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Remember that intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, but they often lead to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.). If you encounter them, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each download/installation step. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in "Your System Data Has Been Compromized" pop-up:
Your system data has been compromized.
Hackers may track your financial activities and get access to your personal files on this system
Please report this activity to +1-(888)-216-5999
The appearance of "Your System Data Has Been Compromized" pop-up (GIF):
Screenshot of files downloaded by the deceptive websites:
Note that these files are harmless and you can safely delete them. Websites download them just to crash the web browser.
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Your System Data Has Been Compromized?
- 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 applications:
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 application, 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 system data has been compromized" 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 system data has been compromized" 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 system data has been compromized" 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 system data has been compromized" 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 system data has been compromized" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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