PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT" virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

"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.

PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT scam

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.

Threat Summary:
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.
Removal

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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:
(888)732-1022

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"):

PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT pop-up scam variant 2

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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.

PUAs 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 "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.

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 "pornographic virus alert from microsoft" 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 "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, 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.

Removal assistance:
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