"PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT" removal instructions
What is "PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT"?
"PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT" is a scam promoted using some deceptive, unreliable website. This website opens a pop-up window displaying a fake virus alert. Most people end up visiting websites of this type because of potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that they have installed on their browsers or operating systems. As a rule, people cause installations of these PUAs unintentionally. When installed, these apps not only cause redirects to deceptive websites, but display intrusive ads and collect browsing-related information as well.
According to "PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT" pop-up window, website visitor's computer has been blocked. Whoever visited it are encouraged not to restart a computer or close this website without calling scammers who pretend to be Microsoft's support team members. This scam is designed to trick people into believing that a computer was locked due to visited unsafe, pornographic websites that caused computer infections. People are urged to call the "(888) 731-1022" number to solve this problem, if not, then some notice will be sent to everyone who failed to contact these scammers (supposedly Microsoft Support). Additionally, there is a line on a deceptive website itself informing its visitors that this infection might cause data corruption or track financial activities. It also contains a Microsoft logo, scammers often use it to trick people into thinking that this scam has something to do with the actual Microsoft company. In other words, they attempt to give an impression of legitimacy. As a rule, the main purpose of these scams is to trick people into calling scammers. When contacted, they try to sell some unnecessary software or services. In other words they try to make people think that there is some problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible and only they can help to do it. All scams should be ignored: if a website of this type gets opened, we recommend to simply close it (not to take it seriously). If it cannot be closed normally, then we advise to use Task Manager and end the browser's process. Note, do not restore previously closed session the next time a browser is opened - it will result in revisiting the same deceptive website again.
Typically, it is potentially unwanted apps that force people to visit unreliable websites. However, that is not the only problem with them. Most PUAs deliver intrusive ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, coupons, pop-ups and so on. They display them through tools that enable placement of third party graphical content, it means that these ads cover/conceal underlying content of visited websites. These ads, if clicked, often open other untrustworthy (possibly malicious) websites or run scripts that download/install even more unwanted apps. Another problem with PUAs is information tracking: they often gather information related to user's browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites and so on. However, in some cases they gather personal, sensitive details too. Furthermore, PUAs developers share gathered information with third parties who usually misuse it to generate revenue. Note, some parties might be cyber criminals. To sum up, PUAs, if installed, might cause their users problems relating with privacy, browsing safety, some people might have their identities stolen.
The Internet is full of deceptive websites that are designed to display various scams (notifications about fake errors, virus alerts and so on). Here are some other scams that are similar to this one: Activate Your Windows Now, This Computer Is Blocked and MS MALWARE ALERT. Typically, scammers use them to swindle people out of their money by trying to sell them various software or online services. Unwanted apps that open these websites are also very similar - they are promoted as legitimate, however, once installed PUAs cause various problems instead of delivering their users any real value (promised features, tools and so on).
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs are promoted through websites where they can be downloaded. However, most users download and install them inadvertently (unintentionally). They install them either by clicking intrusive ads (that are capable of running particular scripts) or when software developers use a "bundling" method. When they use this method, they include (bundle) unwanted apps in download/installation setups of various software. They trick people into installing PUAs by hiding them in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" and so on. Information about PUAs being bundled usually is not disclosed properly, however, only people who do not check any of these setting/options (leave them unchanged) cause unwanted installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
In order to avoid downloads or installations of potentially unwanted apps, we recommend to download software using only official (trustworthy) websites and direct links. It is not a good idea to download it using various third party downloaders or to use third party installers. Same applies to Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule and so on. Quite often these sources are monetized by promoting various unwanted software/apps. Another important thing is to analyze each software download/installation setup step: to check "Custom"/"Advanced" setting and to decline offers to install or download unwanted apps before completing setups. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, they often cause redirects to websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. If such redirects happen often, or unwanted apps appear regularly, then check your browser for any unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons, and remove all unwanted entries as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in "PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT" pop-up:
PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT
This computer has been LOCKED
Do not close this window or restart your computer without calling support
We have locked this computer for your security
you have been browsing unsafe pornographic websites.
Your computer has been infected.
Contact the Microsoft helpline to reactive your computer.
Failure to call will result in a notice boing sent to your residence.
Microsoft Security Tollfree:
Microsoft Support Alert
We Have Detected A Virus From A Pornographic Website
It might corrupt your data and track your financial activities.
Please report this activity to (888) 731-1022
Instant automatic removal of PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT 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 PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT"?
- 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 "pornographic virus alert from microsoft" 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 "pornographic virus alert from microsoft" 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 plugins 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 "pornographic virus alert from microsoft" 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 "pornographic virus alert from microsoft" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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