"VIRUS ALERT FROM Windows" removal instructions
What is "VIRUS ALERT FROM Windows"?
Like many other technical support scams, this one is designed by scammers who attempt to trick unsuspecting users into calling them via the provided number. In most cases their main purpose is to trick users into paying them to fix a non-existent computer problem (remove viruses). Either way, such scams should be ignored. It is worthwhile to mention that such scams (deceptive websites) often get opened through unreliable ads, shady websites or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
This technical support scam website is designed to display a pop-up window/deceptive notification claiming that user's computer (Windows registration key) is blocked because some software that is installed on it is pirated, Windows registration key is illegal, the operating system is hacked and/or used from undefined location and sending viruses over the Internet. In order to unblock a computer and prevent possible data and financial activities tracking a user is encouraged to call the +1-844-900-0923 number, supposedly the Microsoft Support (helpline) number. As a rule, scammers behind such websites try to sell fake technical support (software or services). Also, it is common that scammers ask users to install software that gives them remote access to a computer. By having a remote access to user's computer scammers may use it to steal sensitive information, install some malicious software (e.g., ransomware, some Trojan). Either way, it is strongly recommended not to trust such scams and simply ignore them. Scam pages that are designed to prevent users from closing them can be closed through Task Manager by terminating (ending) the running browser process.
As mentioned in the introduction, technical support scams (and other deceptive pages) often get opened by browsers because some installed PUA forces them to. Although, such apps often are designed not only to promote untrustworthy websites but also to gather various data and/or display ads. Typically, they collect browsing data like IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, and/or other data of this kind. However, it is possible that such apps could be designed to record personal, sensitive details as well. Moreover, their developers could sell gathered information to third parties (potentially cyber criminals)or misuse it to generate revenue in some other ways. Collected data may be misused to steal identities or for other purposes. Therefore, users may become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, etc. Also, such apps may be designed to display coupons, banners, surveys, coupons and other types of ads. Quite often such ads open questionable pages, in some cases they execute scripts designed to download or even install some PUA or other kind of unwanted software. Therefore, if such app is installed on a browser and/or computer, then it should be uninstalled.
|Name||Virus Alert from MS-Windows technical support scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||This scam claims that user's computer is blocked|
|Tech Support Scammer Phone Number||+1-844-900-0923|
|Detection Names (va10jhoni22[.]xyz)||Netcraft (Malicious), SCUMWARE.org (Malware), Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Some more examples of similar scams are "Windows Firewall Has Blocked Some Features Of This Program", "Error # 0x80092ee9" and "System Warning Alert". Scammers behind them attempt to generate revenue by offering users paid fake technical support. Although, in some cases scammers try to trick users into giving them a remote access to their computers. In one way or another, by trusting such scams users may suffer monetary loss, become victims of identity theft, get their computers infected with malware and/or other issues. If such pages get opened by a browser often, then it is very likely it has some PUA installed on it.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Typically, potentially unwanted applications are distributed by including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling". PUAs are included setups as additional offers, such offers can be are mentioned in and can be declined through their "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings. When users download and/or install programs without changing the aforementioned settings, they agree with offers to download and/or install additionally included apps as well. In some cases unwanted downloads and/or installations can be caused through deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts. However, those ads can cause that only if users click them.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended not to use questionable websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, installers and other similar, etc., to download or install programs, files. Software and files should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct download links. If a download or installation setup includes "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings, then they should not be checked for offers to download and/or install various PUAs. Those offers can and should be declined before completing download and/or installation processes. Furthermore, it is not recommended to click intrusive ads, especially if such appear on shady, questionable pages. Such ads may be capable of running scripts that would download and/or install unwanted apps. If some unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) are already installed on a browser, then it is recommended to uninstall them as soon as possible. The same should be done with programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of the "VIRUS ALERT FROM Windows" scam page (GIF):
Text presented in "VIRUS ALERT FROM Windows" pop-up:
VIRUS ALERT FROM Windows
This computer is BLOCKED
Do not close this window and restart your computer
Your computer's registration key is Blocked.
Why we blocked your computer?
The window's registration key is illegal.
This window is using pirated software.
This window is sending virus over the internet.
This window is hacked or used from undefined location.
We block this computer for your security.
Contact Windows helpline to reactive your computer.
Windows Security Tollfree:
Text at the bottom of the page:
Windows Support Alert
Your System Detect Some Unusual Activity.
It might harm your computer data and track your financial activities.
Please report this activity +1-844-900-0923
Another variant of "VIRUS ALERT FROM Windows" pop-up scam:
Appearance of another variant ("Virus Alert from MS-Windows") of this pop-up scam:
Another variant of "VIRUS ALERT FROM Windows" pop-up scam:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is "VIRUS ALERT FROM Windows"?
- 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 virus alert from ms-windows technical support scam, 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 virus alert from ms-windows technical support scam, 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 virus alert from ms-windows technical support scam 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the virus alert from ms-windows technical support scam, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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 virus alert from ms-windows technical support scam from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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