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Your windows license has expired, please call Scam Phone
If you notice some random pop-ups that claim your Windows license has expired – do not CALL it is a scam. Not because your Windows has expired but because your PC is infected. That is correct, your once infection-free machine has been compromised. Some adware-type pest or a potentially unwanted program (PUP) is now on board. This virus is causing the pop-ups. Hence, this virus you need to tackle ASAP in order to regain control over the computer. There’s no reason to hesitate. You have no excuse. Yes, having to uninstall an infection is a rather unpleasant thing to do. However, hesitating will only make your situation worse. A cunning, stealthy parasite is wreaking havoc as we speak. The virus is soundlessly hiding somewhere in the corners of your PC system. Do you see why you have to take measures? Now, the thing that already caught your attention are the pop-ups. One important piece of information – these messages and alerts are all fake. They are caused by the parasite and attempt to deceive you. That means you’re now stuck with a never-ending pile of bogus claims and threats. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t call the phone number these pop-ups provide. Why not, you may ask? Because you wouldn’t contact tech support. You would contact greedy and dishonest hackers who want to steal your money. To prevent cyber fraud, don’t even think about dialing that number. Nothing about these pop-ups is legitimate so make no mistake. Believing them would cause you damage because this is a classic tech support scam. Firstly, your PC gets infected behind your back. Secondly, all your browsers begin to generate stubborn, irritating pop-ups. According to these security warnings, there are various issues with your device. Of course, said issues are always incredibly serious and require urgent, immediate action. How convenient, don’t you think? In actuality, hackers are playing mind games with you. They try to trick you into thinking there’s a problem with your Windows license. Then they provide you a phone number which is supposed to solve the problem. That problem is non-existent. Once you panic, you will fall straight into hackers’ cheap trickery. Stay away from this number. Crooks want to either sell you bogus anti-malware programs or compromise your PC further. Or both. It is entirely up to you whether you’ll keep your money or you’ll let crooks scam you. Do the right thing and get rid of the parasite. To learn how you could do so manually, keep on reading.
How did I get infected with?
As mentioned, this infection landed on board in silence. That comes as breaking news to nobody, though, because adware is sneaky. It usually travels the Web bundled. You see, freeware and shareware bundling is probably the most effective infiltration method. All types of infections use it, including Trojans and even ransomware. That means you’ve stumbled across a relatively easy to deal with program. In the future, avoid unverified websites because they are unsafe. Always opt for the Advanced/Custom option in the Setup Wizard. Take your time during the installation process. You’d have to waste much more time later on, when some infection gets to you. Check out the Terms and Conditions as well. Same piece of advice goes for the EULA (End User License Agreement); you must know what you install. If you skip important installation steps, you’ll be jeopardizing your own safety. There will be nobody else to blame. Keep an eye out for potential intruders and don’t be gullible. In addition, stay away from spam messages, questionable torrents and third-party pop-ups.
Why are these ads dangerous?
The virus adds a browser extension behind your back. It needs neither your permission nor consent to do so. This pesky plugin works with the most popular browsers online. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer are no longer trustworthy. You might also notice various toolbars that you never agreed to download. Due to the parasite’s presence, your entire browsing experience is now up to hackers. You get redirected, your PC screen is constantly covered with fake commercials and fake security alerts. The virus also serves as a back door to malware and slows down the computer speed. Don’t be surprised when your browsers start crashing and freezing on a daily basis. That’s what happens when a vicious parasite is displaying an endless parade of pop-ups. Last but not least, the virus collects browsing-related data. It spies on your browsing history, email addresses, usernames, etc. Hackers will not think twice before they sell your sensitive information for marketing purposes. That poses the immense threat of identity theft as well. To delete this pest manually, please follow our comprehensive removal guide down below.
How Can I Remove Your windows license has expired, please call 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 Your windows license has expired, please call 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.