The System Is Badly Damaged removal instructions
What is The System Is Badly Damaged?
There are many various fake error, virus alert, and other similar messages online. The "Your System IS Badly Damaged" scam is similar to "Microsoft Support", "Install Java To Continue", and "Error Code :S112276". These fake messages are typically displayed when an untrustworthy, deceptive website is visited. Most users arrive at these websites unintentionally, since potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or intrusive advertisements cause redirects to them. PUAs are usually installed without users' direct permission, deliver intrusive advertisements, and collect browsing-related data.
The "The System Is Badly Damaged" fake message claims that the system is damaged by viruses and that it has found four. Note that the number of "found" viruses can vary. Research shows that the message is translated into a language that corresponds to the visitor's location. This scam urges people to remove these viruses by downloading software. Scams such as "The System Is Badly Damaged" are often used to promote various apps, including Mac Cleanup Pro, GoPcPro, PC TuneUp Maestro, and many others. According to the displayed message, unless the offered software is used, system files, data, applications, and so on, might be damaged. The message window includes a Windows logo, however, Microsoft is not involved in this. Scammers use the logo just to make this fake message seem legitimate. Do not download the software offered (fake system fixing software) and ignore the fake virus alert. In most cases, developers (criminals) of these fake messages attempt to trick people into downloading and purchasing products or paying for services that will remove viruses or fix other problems. In fact, none of these will solve any problems, since the issues simply do not exist in the first place. We recommend that you ignore these claims and close the website that caused this fake virus alert. Note that some websites of this type cannot be closed in the usual way - scripts are used to prevent people from closing them. In these cases, we recommend that you use Task Manager to 'force quit' the browser. Alternatively, restart your computer. Do not restore the previously-closed session, since this will reopen the website that caused this fake virus alert (or open the website that led you there).
PUAs often redirect users to websites that display these fake virus alerts. Fake messages also deliver ads that are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they often conceal underlying content of visited websites and can be annoying. Furthermore, once clicked, they might lead to untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites and execute scripts designed to download and install malicious software. PUAs also perform data tracking by recording Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, URLa of visited websites, keystrokes, geo-locations, search queries, and other data that might be sensitive/personal. Developers share the details with third parties, who could also be cyber criminals. Having these apps installed can result in privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall all unwanted applications immediately.
|Name||"The System Is Badly Damaged" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||The scam message claims that the system is damaged/infected and encourages visitor to download some questionable application.|
|Symptoms||Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
In summary, "The System Is Badly Damaged" is similar to most other fake messages. They claim to have found a virus, error, or other system problem on. Typically, these claims are just attempts to trick users into paying for products or services that they do not need. PUAs also have many similarities. They are promoted as useful, and capable of enabling "useful features", however, once downloaded, they provide none of the functionality promised. Most PUAs are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by causing unwanted redirects, collecting data, and delivering ads. Few are legitimate.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs developers provide download of software from their official websites, however, most users are tricked into downloading and installing them through intrusive advertisements or a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications with regular software. PUAs are often hidden in "Advanced"/"Custom" and other similar settings/options of the installation processes. Developers trick users into downloading/installing PUAs by not disclosing information about their presence. This problem is exacerbated by users who skip installation steps or do not check the settings .
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Avoid downloading software (especially if it is free) from untrustworthy sources/websites, using third party downloaders, or torrents. Use only official websites and direct links. Do not skip the software installation steps. Check "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" and other similar parts of the installation process. Deselect unwanted software and only then finish the installation. Bear in mind that intrusive ads may seem legitimate, but commonly redirect users to dubious websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other similar websites). If you continually encounter these redirects, check your browser for unwanted extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins. Also check for suspicious programs installed on your computer. Uninstall/remove suspicious 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 "The System Is Badly Damaged" pop-up:
Attention! infected operating system (4) viruses, and your system is defective. it is necessary to clean the system of viruses, as soon as possible
** Do not ignore this warning **
Screenshot of "The System Is Badly Damaged" second page:
Text presented within this page:
the system is badly damaged, virus found (4) ! 100%
We found that this is a 37.2% corrupted operating system and contains (4) viruses!
25 September 2019
Up to 90% of Computers are infected. Your computer has also been hacked!
if you don't remove the virus now, it can damage system files, data, applications, etc.
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Appearance of "The System Is Badly Damaged" scam website:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is The System Is Badly Damaged?
- 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 "the system is badly damaged" 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 "the system is badly damaged" 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 "the system is badly damaged" 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 "the system is badly damaged" 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 "the system is badly damaged" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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