Q. I have been constantly getting VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT pop-up error messages all day, its driving me crazy! I don’t know how to remove them and they pop up at random. Please help.
A. The “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-up is a fake alert! Scammers uses fake error messages on misleading websites, displaying “Microsoft Support Numbers” and enticing you to call. These fake alerts aim to trick you into calling a fake Microsoft support hotline.
If you are constantly getting those “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” fake error messages popping up in your internet browser then may be possible that you have an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) installed on your PC system. Don’t panic because we have got the solution. Here’s a guide on how to remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” fake alerts from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, IE and MS Edge and other web-browsers.
Text presented in “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-up:
VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT ***This computer is BLOCKED*** Do not close this window and restart your computer Your computer's registration key is Blocked. Why we blocked your computer? The window's registration key is illegal. This window is using pirated software. This window is sending virus over the internet. This window is hacked or used from undefined location. We block this computer for your security. Contact microsoft helpline to reactivate your computer. Enter Windows registration key to unblock or Call Support at +1-844 624 2345(Toll Free)
What is the purpose of Adware? Adware is a form of malicious software. It is developed to bombard you with unsolicited ads and pop-up windows that could potentially be dangerous for your computer. The best method to delete ad-supported software is to run an adware removal utility.
Other signs of the presence of Adware include:
- annoying toolbars;
- pop-ups and new tabs are loaded without your request;
- your web-browser is rerouted to pages you did not want;
- your machine is no stable leading to crashes;
- your browser settings are being modified without your request.
Even worse, Adware can gather lots of privacy info (your ip address, what is a web-page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the World Wide Web, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
So, obviously, you need to remove Adware immediately. Use the free instructions below. This guide will help you clean your PC system of Adware and thereby remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop up scam.
Remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-up scam (removal steps)
There exist several free ad-supported software removal utilities. Also it is possible to get rid of “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop ups manually. But we suggest to combine all these solutions below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the instructions. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to shut down your browser or restart your PC.
To remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-up scam, complete the steps below:
- Remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” popup scam without any utilities
- How to automatically delete “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop ups
- How to block “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” scam
- How can you prevent your personal computer from the attack of adware
- To sum up
Remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” popup scam without any utilities
The step-by-step guide will help you get rid of “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-up scam. These “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” removal steps work for the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, MS Edge and Google Chrome, as well as every version of operating system.
Delete suspicious applications using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
The main cause of “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” popup scam could be PUPs, ad-supported software or other unwanted programs that you may have accidentally installed on the PC. You need to identify and delete all suspicious programs.
Make sure you have closed all web browsers and other programs. Next, delete any unknown and suspicious programs from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, press the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Choose “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of applications installed on your system. Most likely, one of them is the adware that cause “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” scam to appear. Select the questionable program or the program that name is not familiar to you and uninstall it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in Microsoft Windows, choose “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, select “Uninstall a program”.
Choose the suspicious or any unknown programs, then press “Uninstall/Change” button to uninstall this unwanted application from your PC.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Choose an undesired application, then press “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” scam from Chrome
In this step we are going to show you how to reset Google Chrome settings. potentially unwanted applications such as the adware can make changes to your browser settings, add toolbars and unwanted add-ons. By resetting Chrome settings you will remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-up and reset unwanted changes caused by adware. When using the reset feature, your personal information like passwords, bookmarks, browsing history and web form auto-fill data will be saved.
- First launch the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the addon labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is finished, your browser’s newtab, startpage and search provider will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” scam from Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer browser you return your internet browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by adware that cause “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” popups to appear.
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect. It will remove adware that causes browsers to open the “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop up scam, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like start page, newtab and default search engine to default state.
Remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
If the Firefox settings like newtab, default search engine and homepage have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help. Essential information like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
Start the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” adware. When, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
How to automatically delete “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop ups
The manual guide above is tedious to follow and can not always help to completely remove the “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop ups. Here I am telling you an automatic way to remove this adware from your computer completely. Zemana Anti Malware, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and Hitman Pro are anti-malware tools that can search for and delete all kinds of malicious software including adware that causes “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-up on your browser.
Use Zemana Free to delete “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-up
Does Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) remove adware which shows “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop up on your computer? The ad supported software is often installed with malicious software which can force you to install an program such as keyloggers you don’t want. Therefore, recommend using the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM). It is a tool made to scan and delete adware and other malware from your computer for free.
- Click the link below to download Zemana. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- Once downloading is complete, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is finished, click the “Scan” button . Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) utility will begin scanning the whole PC system to find out adware that cause “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop up to appear. Depending on your computer, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana Anti-Malware utility is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as being affected by malware.
- When Zemana Free has finished scanning, a list of all threats found is produced. Once you have selected what you want to delete from your computer click “Next”. After finished, you can be prompted to reboot your computer.
Delete “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-up scam from internet browsers with HitmanPro
HitmanPro is a free removal tool that can check your PC system for a wide range of security threats such as malicious software, ad supported softwares, potentially unwanted apps as well as adware that shows “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-ups on your computer. It will perform a deep scan of your computer including hard drives and Microsoft Windows registry. Once a malware is detected, it will allow you to remove all detected threats from your system with a simple click.
Download HitmanPro on your computer from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
Once the downloading process is complete, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the Hitman Pro desktop icon. After the utility is started, you will see a screen as on the image below.
Further, click “Next” button to scan for adware that causes multiple “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop ups. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. When the system scan is complete, Hitman Pro will open a list of all items found by the scan as shown on the screen below.
Review the scan results and then click “Next” button. It will display a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button.
How to automatically remove “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
If you’re still having problems with the “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” scam — or just wish to scan your machine occasionally for adware and other malicious software — download MalwareBytes Free. It’s free for home use, and identifies and deletes various undesired apps that attacks your computer or degrades computer performance. MalwareBytes can remove adware, potentially unwanted software as well as malware, including ransomware and trojans.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware for MS Windows. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once downloading is done, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the set up file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up MalwareBytes Free on your system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to search for adware that causes multiple “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop ups. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is done.
When the scan is done, MalwareBytes will display a scan report. In order to remove all threats, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will get rid of adware that causes internet browsers to open the “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” popups. After the process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
We advise you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes to remove adware, hijacker infection and other malware.
How to block “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” scam
By installing an adblocker program like AdGuard, you are able to stop “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT”, autoplaying video ads and get rid of tons of distracting and unwanted ads on web-sites.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed in the following example.
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 guide as shown in the figure below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop undesired advertisements, block “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT”, as well as other harmful or misleading websites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that may be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent your personal computer from the attack of adware
To sum up
Now your PC system should be clean of the adware that causes multiple “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” pop-ups. We suggest that you keep Zemana Anti Malware (to periodically scan your personal computer for new ad supported softwares and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up advertisements and malicious web-sites). Moreover, to prevent any adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to locate potentially unwanted apps.
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