The Microsoft Spyware Alert popup or voice is misleading advertising which can be loaded into your internet browser with the help of adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). The “Microsoft Spyware Alert” adware may modify the settings of web-browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and IE or install a malicious browser extension which developed to generate lots of annoying and misleading pop up ads. It’ll lead to the fact that when you launch the browser or surf the Net, it will always be forced to display Microsoft Spyware Alert popup, even when your internet browser is configured to stop pop-ups or your PC system has a program that blocks pop-up ads. On current date, the adware continues to increase the number of PCs which have been infected.
Technically, the Microsoft Spyware Alert adware is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates tons of misleading and annoying pop-up ads. It may download and install on to your computer other malicious and unwanted software without your permission, force you to visit misleading or harmful pages. Moreover, the ad-supported software can install web browser hijacker. Once installed, it will modify your web browser setting like start page, newtab page and default search engine with an unwanted web-site.
The Microsoft Spyware Alert adware often change all web browser shortcuts which located on your Desktop to force you visit some intrusive ad sites. As a result, your internet browser can still redirect you to an annoying ad web-page despite your computer is actually clean of adware and other malware.
It’s important, don’t trust Microsoft Spyware Alert and do not click on links placed on it, as they can lead you to a more harmful or misleading pages. The best option is to use the tutorial posted below to clean your machine of adware and thereby remove Microsoft Spyware Alert popup and voice.
Remove Microsoft Spyware Alert popup (removal tutorial)
The answer is right here on this page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It will help you easily to free your machine of ‘ad supported’ software that causes undesired Microsoft Spyware Alert voice and pop ups. Moreover, you can choose manual or automatic removal method. If you are familiar with the PC system then use manual removal, otherwise use the free anti malware tool created specifically to get rid of adware. Of course, you can combine both methods. Certain of the steps will require you to reboot your system or close this web-page. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
Manual Microsoft Spyware Alert pop-ups removal
The useful removal instructions for the Microsoft Spyware Alert popup and voice. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to delete Microsoft Spyware Alert pop-ups let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Uninstall potentially unwanted programs using Windows Control Panel
The process of adware removal is generally the same across all versions of Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed programs on your PC and remove all unused, unknown and suspicious programs.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all software installed on your system. Scroll through the all list, and remove any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the Microsoft Spyware Alert adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you boot your personal computer, it will open the Microsoft Spyware Alert misleading web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all harmful tasks that have been created by malicious application.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will display a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the ‘ad-supported’ applications, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Clean up the web-browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by adware
Important to know, most antimalware applications which are able to remove ad supported software, but unable to find and recover changed shortcuts. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcuts for your Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, IE and Microsoft Edge web-browsers manually.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The adware can replace it. If you are seeing something such as “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the web-browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as displayed on the screen below.
Once is finished, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for internet browser shortcuts which redirects to the Microsoft Spyware Alert misleading site. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove Microsoft Spyware Alert pop-up from Chrome
Run the Reset browser tool of the Chrome to reset all its settings like startpage, new tab page and default search provider to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of web browser redirects to undesired ad web sites such as Microsoft Spyware Alert.
- First start the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is done, your web browser’s home page, newtab and search engine by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Delete Microsoft Spyware Alert from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your internet browser, that installed by an malicious software.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as on the image below.
After the task is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your machine for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your browser’s startpage, new tab page and search provider by default to default state.
Remove Microsoft Spyware Alert voice from Firefox
If the FF internet browser application is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Mozilla Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Mozilla Firefox settings like homepage, new tab and default search engine to its default state. It will save your personal information like saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed on the image below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Firefox web browser settings to its original state.
Scan your system and remove Microsoft Spyware Alert with free tools
After completing the manual removal steps above all unwanted applications, malicious internet browser’s add-ons and ad-supported software that causes a large amount of intrusive Microsoft Spyware Alert pop up should be uninstalled. If the problem with Microsoft Spyware Alert popup is still remained, then we suggest to scan your PC for any remaining malicious components. Run recommended free ad-supported software removal programs below.
Scan and free your internet browser of Microsoft Spyware Alert popup with Zemana Anti-malware
We advise using the Zemana Anti-malware. You may download and install Zemana Anti-malware to find and remove Microsoft Spyware Alert popups from the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge browsers. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically check and detect all threats present on your personal computer.
Download Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) by clicking on the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
After the download is done, start it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana will try to update itself and when this procedure is done, press the “Scan” button . Zemana Free utility will start scanning the whole computer to find out ‘ad supported’ software that causes browsers to show annoying Microsoft Spyware Alert pop-up.
This process may take some time, so please be patient. When you’re ready, click “Next” button.
The Zemana will get rid of adware which made to redirect your web-browser to various ad pages like Microsoft Spyware Alert and add threats to the Quarantine.
How to get rid of Microsoft Spyware Alert voice with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer of the ad supported software. The free utility is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you delete intrusive Microsoft Spyware Alert pop-ups from your web browsers, PUPs, malicious software, hijacker infections, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Download MalwareBytes Free from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
After the download is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes AntiMalware will try to update itself and when this procedure is finished, press the “Scan Now” button for checking your personal computer for the ad-supported software that causes unwanted Microsoft Spyware Alert popups. When a malware, ad-supported software or potentially unwanted software are found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Review the report and then press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal utility, we recommend you to read and follow the steps or the video guide below.
Scan your PC system and remove Microsoft Spyware Alert with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that may be downloaded and use to get rid of ad-supported software that causes lots of unwanted Microsoft Spyware Alert popups, browser hijacker infections, malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your personal computer. You can run this utility to find threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security application.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the following link and save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
When the downloading process is complete, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the tool is started, you will see a screen as shown in the figure below.
Further, press “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the adware that causes multiple undesired pop ups. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. After that process is finished, AdwCleaner will show a list of detected threats as on the image below.
You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box as displayed below.
You need to press “OK”. Once that process is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. When your machine is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to block Microsoft Spyware Alert popup
It is also critical to protect your browsers from malicious sites and advertisements by using an ad blocking program such as AdGuard. Security experts says that it’ll greatly reduce the risk of malware, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard may also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking application is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After the download is done, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions as displayed below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop pop-up, Microsoft Spyware Alert pop-ups, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent the Microsoft Spyware Alert popup and voice
These days some free software makers bundle additional programs that could be PUPs such as this adware, with a view to making some money. These are not free applications as install an unwanted programs on to your MS Windows machine. So whenever you install a new free application that downloaded from the World Wide Web, be very careful during install. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), choose custom or manual installation mode, uncheck all additional applications.
Now your computer should be clean of the ad supported software which causes malicious Microsoft Spyware Alert pop ups. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popup and unwanted harmful web pages) and Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your machine for new adwares and other malicious software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Microsoft Spyware Alert pop-up or voice from the Google Chrome, FF, IE and Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.