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Can’t Remove “Virus Alert – Warning” pop-ups?
There’s nothing even remotely trustworthy about the “Virus Alert – Warning” pop-up ads. Did you think those warnings were real? You thought wrong. The only reason you’re now seeing them is because hackers want you to. When you stumble across the “Virus Alert – Warning” pop-ups, you should know your computer is in trouble. For starters, the pop-up ads are caused by a virus. An adware-type pest or a PUP (potentially unwanted program), to be exact. Now, before you panic, keep in mind you’ve gotten infected with possibly the least virulent type of parasite. Trust us when we say, the situation could have been a lot worse. Adware can’t do any harm directly. It uses some devious methods instead and this is where the “Virus Alert – Warning” pop-ups come in handy. As mentioned, the virus you’re now stuck with is incredibly deceptive. Once it manages to get installed, this program goes after your browsers. You’ll notice a brand new browser extension added without permission. Unfortunately, adware rarely needs any consent or authorization of yours. By adding this browser plugin, the adware successfully injects your browsers with pop-ups. One thing you must remember about the “Virus Alert – Warning” pop-up ads – they are fake. The warnings might appear to be quite intimidating and frightening at first glance, though. Hackers are masters in the art of deceit and yes, adware is developed by hackers. The pop-ups stubbornly claim that your PC is in danger. According to these bogus alerts, you need some emergency tech support. However, it goes without saying that’s a lie. All you need is to uninstall the nasty adware/PUP. Its security alerts try to scare you with identity theft and hacking. They might even state you have a couple of Trojans on board. You should know better than to believe their empty threats. What hackers want from you is to call the security number provided. If you do, you won’t receive tech support. You’ll contact cyber criminals. As you figured out already, this is a scam. The virus tricks you into calling its developers, they then sell you useless software to “fix” your PC issues. Don’t fall for it. Dialing that phone number means you’re getting involved in a fraud which will cost you money.
How did I get infected with?
It’s not much of a challenge to get infected with adware. These programs apply numerous infiltration techniques; they are very secretive and stealthy. On the other hand, you could easily protect your machine. Next time you surf the Web, be cautious. A single moment of distraction is more than enough to get your machine compromised. That is why you have to take care of your safety on time. Deleting a virus later on is a much bigger hassle than preventing installation. Adware often gets attached to freeware/shareware bundles. Remember, all kinds of infections travel the Web via bundled programs. To make sure you don’t get infected, opt for the Custom or Advanced option in the Setup Wizard. Also, check out the Terms and Conditions before you accept anything. Rushing towards the “I accept” button is quite a dangerous thing to do as it leaves you uninformed. You might be agreeing to download a whole bunch of parasites without even knowing it. In addition, adware-type viruses often get spread via corrupted pop-ups and malicious torrents. It’s essential for your own security to be constantly attentive and careful online.
Why are these ads dangerous?
No matter what infection these alerts scare you with, this is a lie. Remember that the “Virus Alert – Warning” pop-up ads are trying to scam you. All cyber problems they warn you about are non-existent and totally fictional. Do you know what isn’t fictional, though? The adware/PUP that causes these pesky pop-ups. As we already mentioned, you should stay away from the phone number provided. Calling hackers would only lead to trouble. Obviously, you don’t need hackers’ malicious “services”. Due to the parasite’s presence on board, you might notice random changes in your browser settings as well. Those result in the appearance of commercials, unreliable software updates and other third-party links. Avoid all of them. Nothing brought to you by the virus is safe so make no mistake. Keep in mind that the only thing you should be worried about is the adware/PUP. Thus, don’t trust the “Virus Alert – Warning” pop-up ads’ false statements. Also, this program is known to be stealing browsing-related information. The virus mainly collects browsing history, passwords, email addresses, etc. However, crooks may get access to some personally identifiable data. Your bank account credentials are in danger too. To get rid of this nasty infection manually, please follow our removal guide.
How Can I Remove “Virus Alert – Warning” Pop-ups?
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.
STEP 1 : Uninstall unknown programs from Your Computer
Simultaneously press the Windows Logo Button and then “R” to open the Run Command
Locate the any unknown program and click on uninstall/change. To facilitate the search you can sort the programs by date. review the most recent installed programs first. In general you should remove all unknown programs.
STEP 2 : Remove add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox or IE
Remove from Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools—> Extensions
- Remove any unknown extension by clicking on the little recycle bin
- If you are not able to delete the extension then navigate to C:\Users\”computer name“\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\and review the folders one by one.
- Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind
- If you are using the latest chrome version you need to do the following
- go to settings – Add person
- choose a preferred name.
- then go back and remove person 1
- Chrome should be malware free now
Remove from Mozilla Firefox
- Open Firefox
- Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
- Disable and remove any unknown add on
- Open the Firefox’s Help Menu
- Then Troubleshoot information
- Click on Reset Firefox
Remove from Internet Explorer
- Open IE
- On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
- Go to Toolbars and Extensions
- Disable any suspicious extension.
- If the disable button is gray, you need to go to your Windows Registry and delete the corresponding CLSID
- On the Upper Right Corner of Internet Explorer Click on the Gear Icon.
- Click on Internet options
- Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset.
- Check the “Delete Personal Settings Tab” and then Reset
- Close IE
Permanently Remove “Virus Alert – Warning” Leftovers
To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify any registry leftovers or temporary files.