"PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT" removal instructions
What is "PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT"?
"PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT TO MICROSOFT" is a scam promoted using a deceptive, dubious website, which opens a pop-up window displaying a fake virus alert. Most people end up visiting these websites due to potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that they have installed on their browsers or operating systems. Generally, people cause installation of these PUAs unintentionally. When installed, PUAs cause redirects to deceptive websites, display intrusive ads, and collect browsing-related information.
According to the "PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT TO MICROSOFT" pop-up window, the website visitor's computer has been blocked. Whoever visits the site is encouraged not to restart the computer or close this website without calling scammers who claim to be Microsoft support team members. This scam aims to trick people into believing that the computer was locked due to visiting unsafe, pornographic websites that caused computer infections. People are urged to call the "(888) 731-1022" number to solve this problem. A notice is sent to those who fail to contact these scammers (supposedly, Microsoft Support). Additionally, a line on the deceptive website informs visitors that this infection might cause data corruption or track financial activities. It also contains a Microsoft logo - scammers often use this to trick people into believing that this information is associated with Microsoft. In this way, they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. Note that the main purpose of these scams is to trick people into calling scammers. When contacted, they try to sell unnecessary software or services. They try to make people believe that there is a problem that needs to be solved immediately and only they can help. All scams should be ignored. If a website of this type is opened accidentally or otherwise, simply close it (do not to take the information seriously). If it cannot be closed normally, use Task Manager and end the browser process. Note: do not restore the previously closed session the next time the browser is opened, since this will return you to the deceptive website.
Typically, potentially unwanted apps force people to visit dubious websites, however, this 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 on any site. Therefore, they conceal underlying content of visited websites. If clicked, they can 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 relating to users' browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, and so on, however, in some cases they also gather personal, sensitive details. Furthermore, PUA developers share the information with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Note: some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. In summary, if installed, PUAs can cause problems relating to privacy and browsing safety, and some people might become victims of identity theft.
|Name||"PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT" 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.|
To eliminate PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
The internet is full of deceptive websites that display various scams (notifications about fake errors, virus alerts, and so on). Some other similar scams include Activate Your Windows Now, This Computer Is Blocked, and MS MALWARE ALERT. Typically, scammers use them to extort money from people by trying to sell software or online services. Unwanted apps that open these websites are also very similar - they are promoted as legitimate, however, once installed, PUAs cause problems rather than delivering any real value (features promised, tools, and so on).
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs are promoted through websites from which they can be downloaded, however, most users download and install them inadvertently by clicking intrusive ads (capable of running scripts) or when software developers use the "bundling" method. When they use this method, they include (bundle) unwanted apps in download/installation set-ups of various software. They trick people into installing PUAs by hiding them in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Information about bundled PUAs is not properly disclosed. Therefore, people who do not check these setting/options and leave them unchanged cause unwanted installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To avoid download/installation of potentially unwanted apps, download software using official (trustworthy) websites and direct links. Do not download it using third party downloaders or third party installers. The same applies to Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and so on. These sources are monetized by promoting various unwanted software/apps. Study each software download/installation setup and check "Custom"/"Advanced" settings. Decline offers to install or download unwanted apps before completing the set-ups. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, since they often cause redirects to websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If you experience these redirects or unwanted ads, check your browser for unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons, and remove all 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 "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
Another variant of "PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT" pop-up scam (the error text is exactly the same, the only difference is used telephone number - "+44 203 287 3452"):
Instant automatic removal of PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT virus:
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- 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 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 "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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