FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up Scam Removal

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This page aims to help you remove FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If all of your browser apps have launched the broadcast of plenty of ads (pop-ups/ banners mainly) or their usual homepages and search engines have been changed to new ones, and if they have started to redirect you to unfamiliar web locations every time you try to use your browser, it is possible that your computer has been infected by a specific version of a browser hijacker. Its name is FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up, it could affect all of the most popular browser apps – Chrome/ Firefox/ Opera or Explorer as well as the least common browsers. More details about this kind of software are available below.

What do we mean by the term “a browser hijacker”?

All browser hijackers represent programs, which are able to show the aforementioned traits: all of them could modify the settings and the appearance of your browsers. Such effects may greatly irritate you with its frequent ad flows or default homepage/search engine changes. The possible redirection processes that might result from the infection caused by FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up may really be very annoying as the displayed websites could be totally unfamiliar or even very suspicious. What’s more, you may not really approve of the newly-set homepages and search engines your browsers might start using. All in all, the way this hijacker might affect your PC may be indeed harmless, however, you could still feel awfully irritated.

Does FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up fall into any virus category?

As a version of a browser hijacker, this product DOESN’T resemble any kind of malware at all. For instance, any common representative of Ransomware is able to get self-installed on your PC, and after that access your drives and encrypt all the essential data there. Such dangerous effects are completely impossible when we talk about any browser hijacker.

However, you still might be wondering why most hijackers are so bothering. All the unpleasant and annoying changes FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up may result in are actually legally made, and lead to no actual damage to you or the device it affects. Its creators have set this piece of software to simply promote new homepages, unknown search engines, products, services, etc… The action of promoting anything is neither malicious, nor illegal. Nonetheless, the stream of pop-ups and banners that could be overwhelming you while you are online might not be what you want to experience at all. Despite that, they are not even close to what we call cyber threats. In fact, the reason why developers make hijackers is that using them for advertising services/products can accumulate big profits for them.

If FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up is not a real threat, how has your PC ended up being contaminated?

FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up might come from a lot of of possible different sources. Any torrent or a shareware-spreading website may have as a component, and immediately after you load or download anything from such a web page, you could give FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up your permission to get installed on your system. It could also be hiding inside the so-called program bundles. Nevertheless, the act of just downloading a software bundle cannot  infect your machine with an ad-producing piece of software. Getting it installed improperly, though, may leave you infected.

What does ‘a program bundle’ mean as a term? The way to install it right:

Typically, a bundle is the aggregation of lots of free programs (apps/games), which are assembled and spread together, normally for free. The only wise way to get such a bundle installed on your PC (or just a particular program from it), is NOT to give your approval for the entire content of such a software bundle to get inside your system. The installation option that provides the opportunity to opt in and out of any program/bundle components and their features is the CUSTOMIZED (the Advanced) installation setting. Use only that option for the successful and safe completion of the installation process.

An example of installing a bundle improperly: We had better point out the installation options you can’t afford to choose if you want to keep your PC hijacker-free. They are the ones that ensure an easily performed installation process. Most usually, they appear as the  ‘Recommended’, ‘Easy’, ‘Typical’ or ‘Default’ installation setting. Do not go with any of them for the sake of your system!

The instructions to follow in order to remove such an irritating hijacker:

Scroll down and carefully review the Removal Guide we have attached here, after which you can follow the detailed steps to delete the program.

 

SUMMARY:

Name FBI Anti Piracy Warning
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some only regarding your browsers: change of homepages/ search engines/ production of ads and possible redirecting processes.
Distribution Method Via various means, but mainly program bundles, spam and infected web pages
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up Scam Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove FBI Anti Piracy Warning Pop-up from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!