WARNING! 41 Threats Found!!! POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "WARNING! 41 threats found!!!" virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

WARNING! 41 threats found!!! removal instructions

What is WARNING! 41 threats found!!!?

"WARNING! 41 threats found!!!" is a fake virus alert message similar to other scam messages of this type, such as VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT, YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED, Windows Firewall Warning Alert, and many more. Typically, this fake message appears when visiting an untrustworthy website. Most users arrive at these websites inadvertently - they are redirected to them by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or intrusive advertisements that are delivered by other rogue sites. As a rule, users install PUAs unintentionally. In addition to unwanted redirects, PUAs collect data and deliver advertisements.

WARNING! 41 threats found!!! scam

The "WARNING! 41 threats found!!!" pop-up window (and two other windows) essentially state that 41 threats have been found. These include harmful software (malware), tracking cookies, spyware, and so on. This scam claims that users might encounter data loss, system crashes, lost Internet connections, and that their computers might infect other computers, and so on. To prevent possible system damage, the scam message encourage users to contact 'Microsoft support' via a telephone number [+1-833-426-4666] provided. This has nothing do to with Microsoft. These false threats are simply attempts to trick users into contacting cyber criminals and purchasing products or services that will supposedly resolve the problem (in this case, eliminate the 41 threats). We strongly recommend that you ignore these requests. Do not contact these cyber criminals via the telephone number or any other means. Close the website (its window or tab). If scripts prevent you from closing the website/tab, use Task Manager to terminate the browser process or simply restart the computer. Do not restore the previous browsing session the next time you open the browser, since it will open identical untrustworthy/malicious websites that might lead you back to the "WARNING! 41 threats found!!!" scam.

Potentially unwanted applications force users to visit untrustworthy websites that display fake alert or other messages such as "WARNING! 41 threats found!!!" and collect data (IP addresses, keystrokes, URLs of visited websites, search queries, geo-locations, etc.), sharing it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse the details to generate revenue. Some of the data will include personal or sensitive information and thus users might suffer privacy or browsing safety issues or even have their identities stolen. Furthermore, most PUAs deliver intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc.) that are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. Most of these ads lead to untrustworthy websites or run scripts that download and install other PUAs or malware. We recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name"WARNING! 41 threats found!!!" virus
Threat TypePhishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
SymptomsUnauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of one's computer.
Distribution methodsDeceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.
DamageLoss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.
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The Internet is full of fake messages such as "WARNING! 41 threats found!!!". These messages often state that virus infections exist and are possible threats to your privacy, and so on. In fact, these statements are false and used only to trick users into spending their money on dubious products or services. PUAs force users to visit other untrustworthy websites. Most are designed only to generate revenue by collecting data, delivering ads, and causing unwanted redirects. Typically, PUAs are promoted as 'useful applications' that provide features or tools, but most do not provide the functionality promised.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most users install PUAs inadvertently - through clicked intrusive advertisements or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" to trick users into installing PUAs with third party software. Developers hide bundled applications in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings/options of the installation processes. They do not disclose information regarding the presence of bundled PUAs. Furthermore, many users skip installation steps without checking the aforementioned settings - in this way, PUAs are installed without users' knowledge. This careless behaviour can lead to inadvertent installations, posing a direct threat to your privacy and putting your computer at risk of computer infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software using trustworthy and official sources only, and direct links. We do not recommend using torrent clients or third party software downloaders - these are monetized by promoting potentially unwanted applications that are installed using the bundling method. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings when installing software, especially free software. Deselect additionally-included applications and only then finish the installation process. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, especially when they appear on suspicious websites. Most intrusive ads appear legitimate, however, once clicked, they lead to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If you encounter these ads, check your browser for installed unwanted/unknown applications (such as extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) and remove all dubious/unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "WARNING! 41 threats found!!!" pop-ups: 

WARNING! 41 threats found!!!
Harmful software (malware) or tracking cookies have been detected during the last scan. It is highly recommended to remove it from your computer. Lost Documents and Settings Permanent Data Loss System not starting up System Slowdown and Crashes Loss of Internet Connection Infecting other computer on your network.

 

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Warning Spyware detected on your computer
Windows Warning Alert
Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected
Error #0x80072ee7

The appearance of "WARNING! 41 threats found!!!" pop-up (GIF):

WARNING! 41 threats found!!! scam gif

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

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.

WARNING! 41 threats found!!! 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 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:

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 "warning! 41 threats found!!!" 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 "warning! 41 threats found!!!" 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 "warning! 41 threats found!!!" 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "warning! 41 threats found!!!" virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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 malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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