“Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus Removal (July 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

This article below is to assist you in fighting “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus. Actually, this program is a legal browser hijacker, which in spite of being rather innocuous, could appear to be really annoying as its effects include:

  • To change your browsers in different ways:
    – by sending you to a lot of locations online when you try to load a website which you want and consequently, making your surfing a really awful experience;
    – by calling them to produce a great number of pop-up like that and other advertisements that your computer could be stuck with them and you could not be able to use it at all;
    – by putting new homepages and search engines, which this hijacker is supposed to advertise.

Something more, each browser may become a victim of software like this –no matter if it is Explore or Opera, Chrome and/or Firefox might be spared.  The next few paragraphs will show you every single detail.

Hijackers in action

Browser hijackers are represents of one of the most common advertising kinds of software. With Adware, they might be seen as potentially programs which no one wants, but, do not hurt the machines they infect in any way. In fact, they could just mutate each of your browsers in the already mentioned ways and that’s all. 

What does “advertising software” mean?

Essentially, it means that “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus and its brothers and sisters could only have marketing aims. Actually, they are made just to promote services, products, homepages, search engines, web pages, different software and goods. Every of the product manufacturers and service providers have worked really hard along with programmers to come up with legitimate software that could be used for online advertising. Like that, Adware and browser hijackers have been made. The producers get their goods promoted, and programmers earn enough money, which depends on how good their Adware and hijacker programs are. The advertising efficient is mostly measured by the number of the redirections and advertisements that are invoked.  In fact, this could explain the sometimes unbearably irritating nature of these programs – they have just been set to produce more pop-ups and redirect you more intensely.

Is “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus anything similar to a virus?

As we have already said at the beginning of this article, browser hijackers are legitimate. There is not virus which is legal. For example, Ransomware and Trojans are really hazardous and may result in a lot of illegitimate activities, which are done on/by your PC.  “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus is not like them – that program can’t do any mischievous effects.

“Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus 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

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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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus 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 “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus 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

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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!

How you may end up getting a “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus-caused infection

Many experts think that the methods developers use to distribute hijackers might be imbibed like a little doubtful and compulsive and we will tell you their reasons. Though this type of software is almost unobjectionable, no one wants to be disturbed by advertisements and redirecting, and will not heartily install a program like that on their PCs. But, this software is legal and as such, it needs your approval (direct or indirect) to be a part of your system.

That is the reason why program bundles have popped out – to spread hijackers and Adware legitimately by tempting you to install their whole comprise along with the ad-producing software inside them. Actually, you can access and download online bundles which are free sets of software. Most of the time, they content different and frequently exciting games and apps, which you might like to use. Every time there is a snare, though. Probably your PC will be infected by “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus if you install such a bundle by the Easy, the Default or the Automatic installation feature because you will let the whole content of the bundle in. On the other hand, if you could be in peace and do an installation process which is safe, everything will be okay.

There are only two options of the wizard that can help you if you want a safe installation process. The first one is called Advanced, the second one – Customized.  If you use them, you will be asked to choose the specific apps, games and program characteristics that you want to include into your system.

Removing and avoiding “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus

To conclude with, I would like to say that if you want to remove “Microsoft Technical Department” Number Virus you should follow the advices in our Guide below.  You can stay away from software like this in the future if just remember to do installation processes which are safe, and to avoid the other possible sources of hijackers, like torrents, illegal software-sharing web pages, spam and webpage-hosted advertisements and banners.

SUMMARY:

Name “Microsoft Technical Department”
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some irritating changes of your browsers might take place such as ad generation and redirection.
Distribution Method Mostly inside bundles – free mixtures of various software.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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