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Fake Anti-virus Alerts…

Posted by on September 17, 2013 0 Comments Category : Annoyances &Pickle Forum

Increasingly, people are encountering the fake virus alerts that suggest that you have a virus and need to scan your computer. There are many variations but, ultimately, the act of clicking one of the false buttons causes the virus to be installed on your computer. These attacks are so common that everyone should familiarize themselves with the following instructions reprinted from Microsoft:

It’s a fake alert. Not from MSE nor any other MS source. It appears you’re under attack from that rogue ‘Security Scanner’. See > Watch out for fake virus alerts, and also this probably related thread.

You may try cleaning your system using:
– Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free-Edition only! Not the ‘Trial’ – Not the ‘Pro’ versions).
– HitmanPro3 (30 Days Free License).

As this rogue might block the normal-mode use of programs, you may need to use Malwarebytes’ Chameleon utility. See how to use it in this ‘Removal Instructions for Security Scanner Guide’ from Malwarebytes, for both instances (1) If Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not installed on the infected computer, and (2) If Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is already installed on the infected computer.

Alternatively, this ‘Remove Security Scanner (Uninstall Guide)’ from malwaretips.com, or this ‘How to remove Security Scanner (Uninstall Guide)’ from bleepingcomputer.com may be of assistance.

What course of action should I take to deal with the alert?
Whenever you are in a similar situation again with [Not MSE but any other] suspicious fake pop-ups while browsing, do not touch any browser window to close it or browse further, but:
[by courtesy of Stephen Boots]
– Use the key combination + to close all running programs, especially the web browser, and then reboot the machine.
– Immediately press Ctrl-Alt-Del and bring up Task Manager and forcibly end all instances of iexplore.exe (if using IE) or the executable for your browser for any other web browser. Then, reboot the machine.
– Go to Start/Shut Down and restart the PC without touching any browser windows.
Then, go to Control Panel > Internet Options and delete all Temporary Internet Files and Cookies. If you are using an alternate web browser, open the browser settings to do the same: delete the local cached files and cookies.
Finally, perform a full scan with MSE.

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