Microsoft Warning Alert Scam
Typically, Browser Hijacker, such as Microsoft Warning Alert Scam, is a term used to refer to any type of software that seeks to take control over the user’s browser regardless of what that browser is (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc.) and make changes to it. Some of those changes are a new homepage, a new toolbar or a replaced search engine.
Looking for a way to remove an unpleasant page-redirecting piece of software called Microsoft Warning Alert Scam? Look no further because in the following couple of paragraphs, you will be provided with all the information that you might need with regards to the characteristics, distribution methods and removal solutions for this Browser Hijacker. However, before we get any further, we first need to make sure that you know what a Browser Hijacker actually is. So…
…what is a Browser Hijacker?
Many Hijackers seek to redirect the user to various sponsored pages which is why many people also call them browser-redirects. Regardless of what name you use, it is clear that Microsoft Warning Alert Scam too belongs to this software category. This is also why the majority of users who get this page-redirect installed on their computer wish to have it removed afterwards. It is irritating, unpleasant and hardly benefits the user in any way. This, however, should come as no surprise. Hijackers like this one do not normally seek to please the end customer. Although some site-redirects might seem like useful tools at first, they rarely deliver upon the initial promises for functionality and usability. Instead, most of the time it really feels like a Hijacker is making everything related to your online experience worse, instead of better.
Why the browser changes and the redirects?
If it isn’t already obvious, know that the main reason behind pretty much everything a Browser Hijacker does is profiting its creator through web-advertising. All the changes done to your browser and all the redirects and potential web-offers that this program shows on your screen are created for commercial purposes. The more users who have their browsers affected by the Hijacker, the greater the overall profit generated by it. This is why such page-redirects are so widely-spread and easy to come across. The main issue with that, apart from the fact that those are really irritating and obstructive, is the fact that removing them isn’t as easy as uninstalling any other regular program. Nonetheless, this shouldn’t discourage you if you already have had Microsoft Warning Alert Scam installed in your system – though pesky and sometimes tricky to remove, dealing with a Hijacker isn’t all that complicated if you have any idea what you are doing. Once you finish reading the main part of the article, you will be introduced to a detailed manual removal guide with images to help you better understand the process of eliminating the Hijacker. Also, if you feel like you still can’t handle it on your own, you can find on this page a professional anti-malware tool that can deal with the Hijacker for you.
Hijackers aren’t malware?
It is debatable whether or not page-redirects like Microsoft Warning Alert Scam are actual malware. However, such applications and the pages they tend to redirect you to are certainly nowhere near as dangerous and problematic as actual PC viruses (Ransomware, Spyware, Trojan Horses, Rootkits, etc.). We already stated that the primary purpose of most Hijackers is advertising and web marketing which means that Microsoft Warning Alert Scam is highly unlikely to actually attempt to cause any real problem to your PC. That said, the promotional materials that you see getting displayed on your screen might not always be safe to interact with. What we mean is that even if the Hijacker itself isn’t an actual security threat, it might redirect you to a site or open an add that might be coming from unreliable sources with questionable contents. Though most of what Hijackers generate in terms of advertising materials is safe, you can never be absolutely certain that you won’t land a noxious Ransomware or Trojan Horse if you click on some obscure and questionable advert coming from the Hijacker.
What you need to do to ensure that you don’t get more page-redirecting software on your PC?
Simple (yet oftentimes ignored) rules about web safety such as avoid suspicious Internet sites and do not open e-mails that could be spam are essential aspects of ensuring that your machine stays safe and clean. However, as long as you use your common sense every time you open your browser, there shouldn’t be too much risk of getting something unwanted on your PC. That said, there is one other important factor that a lot of users tend to overlook which frequently leads to the installation of all sorts of undesirable software. We are talking about lack of attention to the different details inside the setup menus of programs that the user is about to install. A lot of those programs actually come with some preloaded software making the installer what is known as a file-bundle. If you install such bundles using the regular/quick installation settings, you will likely get all added content installed along the main program (the one you actually want). Due to this, we highly advise you to always make sure to customize the installation of any new program so that you can leave out any optional applications that you might not want getting on your PC.
|Name||Microsoft Warning Alert Scam|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Replaced browser frontpage, new-tab page and search engine as well as frequent and unexpected page redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, file-bundling, misleading ads and web requests, etc.|
Microsoft Warning Alert Scam Removal
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Microsoft Warning Alert Scam from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Microsoft Warning Alert Scam from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Microsoft Warning Alert Scam from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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—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!