"Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert" removal instructions
What is "Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert"?
"Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert" is categorized as tech-support scam. Scams of this type attempt to trick people into believing that their computers and personal details are at risk, and they encourage them to call the telephone number provided. Typically, scammers promote these so-called 'services' through various untrustworthy web pages, which are often opened by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on the browser or operating system. If this scam is opened through your browser, we recommend that you ignore it and check for PUAs that might be causing the problem.
The "Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert" scam runs a fake scan and inform users that their data is at high risk. According to this web page, someone is trying to steal banking information, credit card details, and credentials of other accounts. To avoid problems, visitors are encouraged to call the "+1 (888) 982-8105" telephone number, which will supposedly allow them to contact someone from Microsoft. In fact, calling this number leads to contacting the scammers who designed this tech-support scam. Additionally, this page displays a pop-up window stating that another page, which was apparently visited earlier, was infected and placed the computer at risk. It also encourages users to call the telephone number. Furthermore, this page starts a countdown timer that, once expired, supposedly starts a "Hard Drive safety delete". In summary, this scam tricks people into calling scammers immediately and into believing that they will lose their data and have their personal details stolen unless they take action within five minutes of the page being opened. The information on these pages should never be trusted. If a browser opens a page of this type, ignore the information and close it. Note, however, that some scam sites prevent visitors from closing them. In these cases, they can be closed by ending the browser process via Task Manager. Note also that restoring the previously closed session will return you to the scam page (so do NOT restore the closed browsing session). If the browser opens the "Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert" scam in a full-screen mode, it can be closed by pressing the "Esc" key.
There are many cases whereby web pages of this type are opened by PUAs. If installed, PUAs also collect browsing data and feed users with unwanted ads. They record details such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, and other similar data. Developers share the data with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Having PUAs installed can thus lead to problems with privacy, browsing safety, etc. Additionally, apps of this type often serve intrusive ads such as coupons, banners, pop-ups, surveys and so on. Typically, people who click the ads are redirected to untrustworthy web pages, or they cause download and installation of other unwanted applications.
|Name||"Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||The tech-support scam claims that the system is infected and that the user's personal data (account credentials, stored photos, etc.) is at risk.|
|Tech Support Scammer Phone Number||+1-(888) 982-8105|
|Detection Names||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (adultsexvedios[.]site)||22.214.171.124|
|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 Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are many pages that are designed by scammers. Some examples include "Hard Drive Safety Delete", "Virus Support Alert", and "Windows Is Not Activated". They commonly display "tech-support" numbers that, if called, connect people with scammers. Their main goal is to extort money from people by selling unnecessary software or tricking them into paying for online 'technical support'. None of these pages are official or can be trusted. PUAs that open pages of this type are usually disguised as legitimate, useful tools, however, they simply cause problems by opening dubious web pages, collecting data, and displaying ads.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Unwanted downloads/installations usually occur when people click intrusive ads or when they download and install (usually free) software without paying attention to the setup details. When clicked, many deceptive ads run scripts that download and install PUAs or even malware. In other cases, PUAs are installed when developers use the "bundling" method to trick them. They bundle (include) PUAs in the set-ups of other software, however, this information is usually hidden in options such as "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar parts. By leaving these settings unchecked and unchanged, many people allow PUAs to be downloaded and installed with other, regular software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download software from official and trustworthy websites. Do not trust other sources such as third party downloaders, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites, or tools such as third party installers. All downloads and installations should be performed correctly: check all available "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar parts and deselect any bundled PUAs. Do not trust intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. These often redirect to potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads or installations. If a browser causes unwanted redirects or displays intrusive ads regularly, it is possible that this is due to a PUA (extension, plug-in, or add-on) installed on the default browser. All unwanted, unknown browser apps should be uninstalled immediately. You are also advised to remove suspicious, 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.
The appearance of "Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert" pop-up (GIF):
Text presented in "Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert" scam:
Someone Is Trying To Steal Your Banking Details, Credit Card Details & Other Logins. Please Call Microsoft At +1-(888) 982-8105 (Toll Free) Immediately To Prevent Data Loss.
Hard Drive safety delete in starting in 5:00
Your Data is at high risk
To immediately rectify issue and prevent data loss
Call Support +1-(888) 982-8105 (Toll Free)
Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert
Alert: The page you tried to visit turns out to be infected and your computer is at risk.
It is possible that we disable your internet connection to prevent the spread of the virus on our network.
Disinfection of the computer is however possible: Call for Help +1-(888) 982-8105
Instant automatic removal of Windows Antivirus - Critical 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 Windows Antivirus - Critical Alert virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "Windows Antivirus - Critical 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 "windows antivirus - critical 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 "windows antivirus - critical 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 "windows antivirus - critical 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 "windows antivirus - critical alert" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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