How to Remove Windows Malware Detected Virus Scam (June 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Windows Malware Detected Virus Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The presence of an app called Windows Malware Detected Virus Scam on your computer may be the reason for the excessive number of ads, pop-ups, banners and new tabs that you might have been seeing recently on your screen. What is more, this piece of software may be the reason behind the sudden changes in the homepage or the search engine of your favorite browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, IE or some other. Windows Malware Detected Virus is seen by most of the security experts as a browser hijacker and its presence on the system is often regarded as potentially unwanted. If you don’t really remember when and how this app has become part of your system and if you are facing difficulties uninstalling it, then the instructions in the Removal Guide below are just for you.

Browser hijackers like this one are typically created for advertising purposes and they could be really annoying unless permanently removed. In fact, such pieces of software rarely offer any real functionality to their users and most of the time they are nothing but sources of never-ending ad-streaming, redirects and annoying browser changes. Depending on one’s individual tolerance to ads exposure, some people refer to applications like Windows Malware Detected Virus as extremely irritating while to others, they may simply be a mere distraction. What is your threshold of tolerance is for you to figure out but if you feel that this software has no place in your system, the information that follows will help you permanently remove it.

Is Windows Malware Detected a virus?

Virus is a term, which is often used to refer to every strange or unusual activity that could possibly happen on a computer. Therefore, the moment the users see some sudden changes in their browser, strange redirects and different intrusive ads on their screen, they think that applications like Windows Malware Detected belong to some category of viruses. As a matter of fact, the browser hijackers indeed tend to behave very aggressively and tend to initiate search redirects, ads generation and browser settings changes, but calling them viruses is not technically correct. These pieces of software do not have harmful scripts and are not created to perform some cyber crimes. They are designed to operate as advertising tools. So, if you have Windows Malware Detected Virus on your PC, relax – you are not dealing with a Trojan horse or a Ransomware.

Windows Malware Detected Virus 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


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 Windows Malware Detected 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 Windows Malware Detected from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Windows Malware Detected 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

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!

Issues that Windows Malware Detected Virus Scam may create?

As a typical advertising software, Windows Malware Detected Virus may flood your screen with ads of different types and may redirect you to sponsored web pages with commercial content, services, offers, and sales. Some of the pop-ups may seem irrelevant and annoying while others may offer exactly what you have been searching for but you should not think that this is a coincidence. The browser hijacker may use some of your system resources to track and analyze your recent browsing queries in an attempt to display ads which match them. Clicking on everything that the hijacker may display, however, may not be a good idea. The reason is, sometimes the random ads may expose you to unfamiliar web locations which you may have not really intended to visit. What is more, fake or infected links and offers may also sneak inside the normal ad-stream and if you happen to click on them, you may accidentally get redirected to hazardous content. This is how some people usually come across viruses such as Ransomware or Trojan horses. This doesn’t mean that every ad generated by browser hijackers is deceiving though. You could still come across legitimate and good offers but you may also lose your money on products which have low quality and/or are useless or impractical. In fact, most high quality and reputed items could usually be found easily online and don’t need the aggressive promoting service of applications like Windows Malware Detected Virus. That’s why, it is a good solution to ignore such offers and to limit your interaction with the messages popping-up on your screen. Actually, since it could be difficult to distinguish fake ads from the legitimate ones, it might be a good idea to remove them permanently by uninstalling their source, namely the browser hijacker.

Prevention and protection tips

Applications like Windows Malware Detected Virus Scam and similar ad-generating components may get into your computer in many ways. Usually, they are bundled and installed together with freeware or shareware programs that you install on your PC. That’s why, in case you install a particular piece of free software on your system without customizing the setup process or visit an ad-inflicting webpage without the necessary protection, such software may get installed as well, typically by default. To prevent that, you have to pay close attention to the installation process and to use options such as Advanced/Custom/Manual in order to disclose the additionally bundled components and disable them from the main installation package.

Name Windows Malware Detected
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Frequent search redirects and ads interruptions typically reveal the presence of this software on your computer. 
Distribution Method Software bundles are the most typical methods of distribution, but different torrents, free download links, spam messages, email attachments and web pages may also spread this program. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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