Your Account Is Set To Close Phishing Email

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Your Account Is Set To Close

“Your Account Is Set To Close” is a malicious piece of code that can trigger numerous problems on your computer and may destroy your system and files before you even know it. Security researchers recognize “Your Account Is Set To Close” as a highly dangerous variant of a Trojan horse virus.

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As you possibly already know, the Trojan horse viruses are some of the worst malware that may infect your machine. This is because their  modular nature and their capacity to sneak unnoticed inside most operating systems render them the ideal malware instrument for a broad spectrum of cyber crimes such as fraud, backdooring, remote access, espionage, data theft and more.

Many of our users reported to us about an ongoing email scam with the following messages:

Subject: Microsoft account security notification

Microsoft account

Your account is set to close on 1/9/2023

Dear ********,

Your account ******** is scheduled to be closed on 1/9/2023 due to account inactivity and failed to resolve errors on your mail. Once your account is closed it will be deleted in accordance with the Microsoft Services Agreement.

If you want to keep your account, sign in between now and 1/9/2023. All your files, data and info will be just as you left them until then.

To learn more, click here.

The Microsoft account team

The following paragraphs will give you with a better understanding of the nature of these computer threats and will provide you the details you might need to remove “Your Account Is Set To Close” from your system and ensure it is safe in the future. The directions for elimination of “Your Account Is Set To Close” can be found below in a detailed removal guide. In the guide, you can also find recommended software for malware removal which you can use to quickly detect and delete the Trojan before it has caused you a significant harm.

The “Your Account Is Set To Close On” Email Scam

One of the biggest challenges of dealing with virus like the “Your Account Is Set To Close On” email scam is to correctly detect them. If the targeted by the “Your Account Is Set To Close On” email scam user does not remove it from the infected system it could become a threat.


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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove “Your Account Is Set To Close”!

How to remove “Your Account Is Set To Close”

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find “Your Account Is Set To Close” in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select “Your Account Is Set To Close” from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to “Your Account Is Set To Close”.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to “Your Account Is Set To Close”.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove “Your Account Is Set To Close” from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the “Your Account Is Set To Close” extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to “Your Account Is Set To Close” and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of “Your Account Is Set To Close” on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the “Your Account Is Set To Close” extension
  4. Get rid of “Your Account Is Set To Close” by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “”Your Account Is Set To Close”” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete “Your Account Is Set To Close”

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the “Your Account Is Set To Close” process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete “Your Account Is Set To Close”
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “”Your Account Is Set To Close”” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall “Your Account Is Set To Close”

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for “Your Account Is Set To Close” in there
    4. Uninstall “Your Account Is Set To Close” from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any “Your Account Is Set To Close”-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to “Your Account Is Set To Close” in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    Is “Your Account Is Set To Close” dangerous?

    Such threats are very sneaky and usually show no visible symptoms once they get inside the targeted system. Normally, the hackers who create them use a number of deception techniques in order to secretly distribute Trojan viruses across the web and to infect as many computers as possible. It is very possible that you get infected with such a malware piece when you interact with seemingly harmless web content. Here are a few examples of web materials that can be used to disguise Trojans:
    Spam email files or links or other online spam messages.
    Hacked or illegal software that may be downloaded from the internet.
    Deceptive web ads, fake pop-ups and misleading web offers that either redirect users to Trojan-infected pages or serve as direct download links for the infection.
    Legal web pages that have been compromised and set by cyber criminals to spread the Trojan infection.
    Other malware that serves as a backdoor for Trojans and different viruses.
    Sadly, without the help of a professional security program on your system, it may be impossible to detect such malware transmitters and avoid the infection. Thus, it is important to keep your computer protected with an anti-virus or an anti-malware tool if you want to keep your system safe from potentially dangerous and untrustworthy online locations and materials.
    The harm a Trojan can do
    As described above, “Your Account Is Set To Close” can have a variety of different malicious capabilities which is why we cannot say for sure what its attack will look like in your individual case.  Unauthorized changes in your system, theft of passwords and login credentials, espionage, keystroke logging, and even insertion of ransomware, spyware and other viruses are just some of the possible actions. However, it is best if you never experience any of these and take steps to remove the danger before it is too late. If you need assistance or if you have concerns, please follow the instructions in the guide below or leave us a comment in the comments section.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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