Remove “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” Pop-up Scam (Dec. 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” Pop-up Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Browser hijackers may be incredibly annoying and irritating and oftentimes difficult to properly remove which is why they are mostly regarded as unwanted but they are at least not malicious virus and malware programs similar to Trojans or Ransomware. Still, despite not actually being harmful, they are still prone to exposing users to potential security hazards and that is why you are not advised to keep them on your computer.

“System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged”

But what is actually a browser hijacker? Well, it is a software component that can get added to different browsers. It’s similar to a browser add-on for browsers like Chrome, IE and Firefox and it may seem like it has been developed to somehow enhance your online time. The issue, however, is that instead of helping you, a browser hijacker would most likely spam you with page redirects and web adverts and/or replace your search engine, homepage, toolbar buttons as well as other elements of the browser that you are using. Now, a lot of useful add-ons could may also try to make changes to the user’s browsers but they’d normally do that only after they have been authorized to do so by the users themselves and also those changes would normally be easy to revoke. With hijackers, the modifications to the browser typically happen without a direct agreement from the user and also they are usually enforced in such a way so that only the full uninstallation and removal of the annoying app would allow the user to make them disappear. In addition to that, of course, we should also not forget the ads, the banners, the page redirects and the other unpleasant commercial materials that an app of this category is likely to spam you with. So, if you have a hijacker on your PC and you need help with removing it, the next guide will show you how to eliminate “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” which is one of the latest representatives of this software category.

Remove “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” Pop-up Scam

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


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!

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.

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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 “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” 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 “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” 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

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

Hijacker ads and why they may not be safe

Obviously, the annoyance factor should, in its own right, be enough of a reason for you to wish to remove an app like “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” from your computer. However, there is another even more important reason why it is advisable that you do not allow “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” or any other hijacker to remain on the computer for extended periods of time. We are talking about the possibility of getting your computer exposed to nasty virus programs the likes of Ransomware cryptoviruses, noxious Trojan Horses, sneaky Spyware programs and s the like if you randomly interact with ads brought to you by the hijacker. We, of course, do not try to imply that hijackers like “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” are purposefully programmed to spam you with hazardous ads or that all (or even most) of their commercials are unsafe. However, this is a real possibility nonetheless and one that must not be ignored. Therefore, it is advisable that you follow the instructions in the guide and maybe use the tool suggested in it and remove “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged” with their help. As for the future, try to avoid sketchy web locations, do not open any spam messages and obscure ads and refrain from downloading pirated or low-quality software in order to avoid future hijacker encounters.

SUMMARY:

Name “System Warning: Your Windows System is Damaged”
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The main symptoms are changes to the search engine and the main page of your browser and generation of obstructive commercial materials during your online sessions.
Distribution Method Installation bundles and different setup installers are the most commonly used way to sneak hijackers inside more computers without their users initially realizing it.
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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!


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