"DarkWeb Attack ALERT" removal instructions
What is "DarkWeb Attack ALERT"?
"DarkWeb Attack ALERT" is a fake alert pop-up window displayed on a dubious and deceptive website. Scammers use this website (and its associated pop-up window) to trick visitors into believing that the Windows Operating System was blocked due to a "DarkWeb Attack". Users are likely to visit this website unintentionally - they are redirected by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that most people install inadvertently. Furthermore, when installed, PUAs gather various information and feed users with intrusive advertisements.
Scammers responsible for the website that displays the "DarkWeb Attack ALERT" pop-up window attempt to give the impression that Windows was blocked due to the possibility of identity theft. They try to make website visitors believe that the operating system was blocked for their own protection and to prevent them from having their identities stolen. According to these scammers, there is a potential danger that the user's identity, personal/sensitive data, and files stored on the hard drive, might be sold on the black market. It is stated that this might result in financial or data loss. The main aim of this scam is to encourage people to call the "1-833-999-2699" number (supposedly the Windows support team), however, Microsoft is definitely not part of this scam. Generally, when contacted, the scammers (cyber criminals) encourage people to purchase software or use their paid services. They claim that using their software or services will help to solve the problem - in this case to unlock the operating system and avoid having personal data stolen and sold. In fact, websites of this type should never be trusted. The best option is to ignore all claims and close them. If this particular website (that displays the "DarkWeb Attack ALERT" pop-up window) cannot be closed/prevents you from closing it, use Task Manager and end the browser process. Do not restore the closed session the next time you open the browser.
PUAs cause redirects to dubious websites, gather data, and deliver ads. They usually collect information relating to users' browsing habits such as search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, IP addresses, etc. In some cases, these apps also record sensitive information. Developers share the data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. These third parties might also be cyber criminals. PUAs also feed users with intrusive ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. They are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site, thus concealing visited website content. If clicked, they often cause redirects to untrustworthy (potentially malicious) websites. It is also possible that some of these ads might run scripts designed to download/install other unwanted apps.
|Name||"DarkWeb Attack ALERT" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Pop-up claims that the system has been attacked by some "DarkWeb" Identity Theft" and that user's computer data/financial and other personal information is at risk.|
|Tech Support Scammer Phone Number||1-833-999-2699|
|Related URL Address(es)
|Detection Names (intialxr1tinitialstage[.]website)||Fortinet (Phishing), Trustwave (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (intialxr1tinitialstage[.]website)||184.108.40.206|
|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.|
To eliminate DarkWeb Attack ALERT virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are many deceptive websites that display scams including, for example, "ERROR 0X1CXX560", "Windows Is Not Activated", and "Activate Your Windows Now". Most of these scams serve the same purpose: to extort money from people by offering purchase of software or services that will supposedly fix problems (errors, clean viruses, and so on). All potentially unwanted apps have similar characteristics - developers promote them as useful tools, however, they simply cause problems rather than delivering any real value.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
In some cases, these PUAs are promoted using websites from which they can be downloaded, however, in most cases, they are downloaded and installed inadvertently. This happens through clicked intrusive advertisements or when software developers use "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps together with their chosen software. Typically, PUAs can be found hidden in "Custom", "Advanced", and other parts of the download/installation set-ups. Information regarding the inclusion of these (bundled) apps is not properly disclosed. Despite this, most people cause these unwanted downloads/installations when they leave "Custom", "Advanced" (and other settings) unchanged.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To avoid unintentional, unwanted installations or downloads, download software using official websites and directs links only. Do not use untrustworthy websites, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrents, eMule, or third party downloaders. Do not rush the installation/download processes or skip steps. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar options. Opt-out of offers to download/install unwanted apps and only then finish the process. If you encounter unexpected redirects to dubious websites such as gambling, pornography, and so on, a PUA might be installed on the browser or computer (operating system). Check for unwanted/suspicious add-ons, plug-ins, and extensions added to your default browser and the list of installed programs on your computer. Uninstall any suspicious or unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in "DarkWeb Attack ALERT" pop-up:
DarkWeb Attack ALERT
Windows was blocked due to darkweb identity theft attack
The following information may be lost:
Please stop and do not close the PC
1. Identity Theft and sold on blackmarket
2. Personal Data
3. Sensitive information (credit cards)
4. Files on the hard drive
Enter the Windows registration key to unlock or call support
LA TOUCHE ENTR…E
Windows Support Alert Your system has detected DarkWeb Identity Theft Attack. This could damage your computer data and track your financial activities. Please report this activity to 1-833-999-2699 Ignore alert Chat now
The appearance of "DarkWeb Attack ALERT" pop-up (GIF):
Instant automatic removal of DarkWeb Attack ALERT 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 DarkWeb Attack ALERT virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "DarkWeb Attack ALERT"?
- 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 "darkweb attack alert" 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 "darkweb attack alert" 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 "darkweb attack alert" 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove "darkweb attack alert" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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