"Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!" removal instructions
What is "Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!"?
"Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!" is a scam which is promoted on an untrustworthy website that encourages its visitors to remove viruses with a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Neither websites of this type or software that is promoted through them should be trusted. If this page was opened randomly, then it is very likely that there is some PUA already installed on a browser or computer. Apps of this type usually cause unwanted redirects, gather various data about their users and feed them with intrusive ads.
According to this scam website, a Windows computer could be infected with viruses. It is stated that over 98% of computers have harmful/malicious files or programs (including phishing software and spyware) stored/installed on the operating systems. Website's visitors are informed that their systems could be at risk at irreversible damage and that those malicious files and/or programs should be removed immediately. It is mentioned that some personal and banking information might be at risk as well. This scam website encourages people to scan their systems by clicking the "Proceed" button. If clicked, this page starts a fake scan that. Once finished, it encourages people to download and install the PC Cleaner program because a computer could be harmed with malware such as "Ransomware 2.0" and "Trojan.Win32.SendIP.15". According to this website, the PC Cleaner will detect and remove these viruses, to download it visitors are encouraged to press the "Download and Repair" button. However, it actually downloads another unwanted application called Qbit PC Speedup. As we mentioned in our introduction, programs that are promoted through questionable, deceptive websites should not be trusted/downloaded and installed. This scam page should be ignored and closed. If it cannot be done the usual way, then we recommend to end browser's process via Task Manager. Note that if the closed browsing session will be restored the next time a browser is opened, it will reopen the same scam website again.
Quite often scam websites get opened by PUAs. Most apps of this type are designed to record browsing-related data such as IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations and so on. It possible that some of them might be designed to collect sensitive/personal data too. Their developers share collected data with third parties (possibly, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Another problem with these apps is that they often display intrusive ads too. Various coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads and other annoying and deceptive ads. If clicked, these ads usually redirect people to questionable pages. However, they might be designed to execute scripts that download and install unwanted apps as well.
|Name||"Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Fake error claims that system is infected/damaged and encourages users to download a potentially unwanted application which is presented as a system cleaner.|
|Distributed Unwanted Apps||Qbit PC Speedup, PC Cleaner|
|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 Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses! virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
The number of scams of this type is growing by the days. Here are couple examples of other similar scams/scam websites: "Microsoft detected malicious virus and blocked your computer", "Enter Windows registration key to unblock", "Error XR01F5". Typically, they are designed either to trick people into downloading unwanted software or into calling scammers who try to sell unnecessary services or software. Most of the aforementioned PUAs are also similar. As a rule, their main purpose is to generate revenue for their developers causing unwanted redirects, gathering data and displaying ads. One way or another, most of them are promoted as legitimate and worthy apps but in reality they do not deliver any promised features, tools etc.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
There are two most common ways to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps: through intrusive ads that run scripts designed to download unwanted software or by bundling them into other software's setups. By bundling PUAs developers attempt to trick people into downloading/installing them together with regular software. To be more precise, developers do not disclose information about unwanted apps being included in setups properly and hide them in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts. People who skip steps of download or installation setups often allow for PUAs to be installed as well.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We do not recommend to use Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule and so on), unofficial websites, third party downloaders, installers and other similar tools to download or install any software. Especially if that software is free. Best way to do it is to use official websites and direct download links. Furthermore, do not leave "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of any download or installation setup unchecked. The main purpose of this is to deselect offers to install/download unwanted apps. Another way to avoid unwanted downloads and installations is to avoid clicking intrusive ads. If they are displayed on some untrustworthy or unofficial websites related to gambling, adult dating, pornography and so on, they should not be trusted/clicked. If a web browser forces to visit unreliable websites or displays unwanted ads regularly, then we recommend to check the list of installed browser apps. See if there are any unwanted, unknown add-ons, plug-ins and extensions and eliminate/remove them. The same should be done with unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in "Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!" main page:
Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!
29 May 2019
Your device could be infected. Over 98% of scanned computers have harmful files including phishing and spyware. Your system may be at risk of irreversible damage - Immediate removal advised if infected!
Scanning and cleaning is advised to prevent possible serious damage, loss of personal data, photos and more.
Traces of Phishing/Spyware may be found on your computer. Personal and banking information may be at risk.
Screenshot of this deceptive website displaying threats that could be detected on its visitor's computer:
Text presented in this page:
This device is possibly harmed.
Please download PC Cleaner to protect your PC from viruses.
The majority of scanned PCs are infected with similar files.
Virus Name: Ransomware 2.0; Trojan.Win32.SendIP.15
Infected Files: System32\migration/video.html /System32\Drivers\spoclsv.exe
Download and Repair
Application: PC Cleanô
Website promoting unwanted applications:
Screenshot of the Qbit PC Speedup unwanted app:
The appearance of "Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!" pop-up (GIF):
Instant automatic removal of Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses! 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 Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses! virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "Your Windows Computer Could Be Infected With Viruses!"?
- 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 "your windows computer could be infected with viruses!" 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 "your windows computer could be infected with viruses!" 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 "your windows computer could be infected with viruses!" 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 "your windows computer could be infected with viruses!" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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