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Microsoft Warning Alert Scam (ERROR #268d3x8938) – How to Remove It

This article has been created in order to explain what is the Microsoft Warning Alert scam and how you can remove it from your computer and stop such redirects and fake errors from appearing in the future as well.

A new scam has been reported by security researchers to lock the web browsers of the computers it has been installed on. The scam has one and only purpose – to display a fake Error #268d3x8938 which is basically a pretext for the victim to call a fake tech support number, which is very likely to be a tech support scam aimed at getting victims to call and pay insane ammounts of money in order to get the scammers to pretend to fix issues on their comptuers that may not even exist. Nonetheless, security researchers often outline redirects, like the Microsoft Security Warning to likely be caused by potentially unsafe programs that display redirects and advertisements on victimized computers by them. If you see the Microsoft Warning Alert scam, it is urgent that you read this article as it aims to show you how you can remove it from your computer effectively.

Threat Summary

Name Microsoft Warning Alert
Type Tech Support Scam/PUP
Short Description Aims to scam victims over the phone for their information or money.
Symptoms Your web browser is redirected to a web page that locks you in it and claims that your computer is under threat.
Distribution Method The scam is likely introduced by a suspicious site or as a result of having a PUP installed on the victim PC.
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Microsoft Warning Alert Scam – How Did I Get It

The primary method via which such tech support scam is spread is with the aid of a potentially unwanted program. Such software’s primary purpose is to get users to see it’s advertisements and redirects and this is how the creators of these ad-supported programs generate income. The main method via which programs that cause messages, like the Microsoft Warning Alert Scam on computers is via software bundling which is basically the act of including the installation of the unwanted program alognside the installer of any other free software out there. Such free software may be media players, ad-supported programs, software installers of all types and many other porgrams users often tend to download.

Microsoft Warning Alert Scam – More Information

When the Microsoft Warning Alert scam appears on victims’ computers, the it displays the following notifications on the web browser:

** Microsoft Warning Alert **
“The server microscftOxBOdeOMusgq is asking for your
username and password. The server reports that it is from
Suspicious activity detected on your IP address due to
harmful virus installed in your computer. Call Toll Free now
01’855’Q4’0192 for any assistance. Your data is at a serious
riskThene is a system file missing due to some harmfull virus
Debug malware error. system failure. Please contact
technicians to rectify the issue‘Please do not open internet
browser for your security issue to avoid data corruption on
your operating system. Please contact technicians at ToIIIree
Helpline at @ +I-855-624~0192(Toll free) PLEASE DO NOT
SHUT DOWN OR RESTART YOUR COMPUTER. DOING THAT
MAY LEAD TO DATA LOSS AND FAILURE OF OPERATING
SYSTEM , HENCE NON BOOTABLE SITUATION RESULTING
COMPLETE DATA LOSS . CONTACT ADMINISTRATOR
DEPARTMENT TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE ON TOLL FREE

+1 355-624-0192.

Warning: Your username and password will be sent using
basic authentication on a connection that isn’t secure.”

As visible, the scammers pretend as if the device is compromised and they ask victims to call a fake tech support number. To further motivate victims into calling the number, scammers aim to to convince victims that their critical data such as passwords and other vital information is leaked.

As soon as the victim calls the number, the scammers may demand a high sum of money usually several hundred dollars to fix the problem. They may also demand multiple different types of programs to be installed on the victim’s computer, which may be some sort of fake antivirus products or fake repair tools.

Usually, the program which may be introducting redirects, like the Microsoft Warning Alert scam may also be introducing other forms of advertised content on your computer:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Banners.
  • Online browser redirections.
  • Highlighted text ads.

These advertisements may also conceal other risks to your computer such as redirect you to malicious websites, phishing sites and even URLs that install malware directly on your PC. This is the main reason why if you see the Microsoft Warning Alert page, it is advisable that you focus on not only removing it from your browser, but also checking any adware or browser hijacker type of programs that may be causing these redirects to appear and removing them afterwards.

Remove Microsoft Warning Alert from Your Browser and PC

If you want to remove the Microsoft Warning Alert from your computer, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions that are underneath this article. They have been created with the main idea in mind that if manual removal does not stop the pop-ups and redirects to suspicious pages of the Microsoft Warning Alert kind, an automatic approach should be taken. According to security experts the best approach towards removing the software causing the Microsoft Warning Alert redirects on your computer is to us an anti-malware program, capable of automatically scanning for and effectively getting you rid of thse types of unwanted applications.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove Microsoft Warning Alert from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Microsoft Warning Alert

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Microsoft Warning Alert and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Microsoft Warning Alert on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Microsoft Warning Alert there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Microsoft Warning Alert with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Microsoft Warning Alert from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Microsoft Warning Alert and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Microsoft Warning Alert:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Microsoft Warning Alert. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Microsoft Warning Alert. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Microsoft Warning Alert via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Microsoft Warning Alert. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Microsoft Warning Alert files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Microsoft Warning Alert, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Microsoft Warning Alert:


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Remove Microsoft Warning Alert from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Microsoft Warning Alert from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Microsoft Warning Alert from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Microsoft Warning Alert from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Microsoft Warning Alert will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Microsoft Warning Alert from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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