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Porn Virus Detected Scam – Remove It

This article will aid you to remove Porn Virus Detected scams fully. Follow the tech support scam removal instructions at the bottom of the article.

Porn Virus Detected is a message seen on a few websites that host a tech support scam. A number of variants are seen, using different URL addresses, different phone numbers and a variation in the message, such as Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected. All of these are shown with pop-ups as alerts and are trying to scare you into calling the phone number provided on their page. To make it sound more trustworthy, the scammers have put the Microsoft name as the entity that has detected the supposed virus. Do not call, unless you want to pay a hefty sum of money.

Threat Summary

Name Porn Virus Detected
Type Tech Support Scam
Short Description A number of tech support scams trying to scare you that you have a virus related to porn and pressuring you to call a phone number provided.
Symptoms Messages, pop-up boxes, and redirects appear in your browser. It is not excluded for there to be a lockscreen function among these, or your PC freezing because of the activity going on in your browser related to the scam.
Distribution Method Freeware Installers, Suspicious Sites, Redirects, Trojan Horse
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Porn Virus Detected – Distribution

Surfing the Web can be dangerous, especially when you reach a new and unknown website. Clicking on advertisements or targeted content could have hidden links that redirect you to suspicious places. That is the most common of ways in which this kind of tech support scams can use for its distribution. Pornography websites are usually filled with advertisements and such redirect links, and they are also a viable way for you to land on a page with the Porn Virus Detected message. Porn sites can also track you with cookies to target you better with their adverts, for example.

Freeware applications, regarded as PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) could also distribute this sort of scam. Different software could cause the scareware to appear in your browsers or another related Microsoft Tech Support scam. Such websites usually come with third-party installations and freeware packages. These packages tend to have extra features selected for installation from the get-go. To avoid installing any additional features could be done if you find an Advanced or a Custom settings menu.

Porn Virus Detected – In Detail

Porn Virus Detected is one of a few messages related to a tech support scam. The scams are multiple and use different websites, and phone numbers. A list with a few of the phone numbers involved in this sort of scam can be seen below:

  • 1-800-953-457
  • 1-844-786-8921
  • 1-844-809-6669
  • 1-800-341-9813

There could be plenty more phone numbers associated with this scam. The criminals that are on the other end of the telephone line will try to trick you into believing that they are part of some sort of an official tech support team of Microsoft. The most common pop-up with the message Porn Virus Detected looks like this:

The full message reads the following:

**** Don’t Restart Your Computer ****

Microsoft has detected that a porn virus has infected your system and trying to steal pictures, data, and social networking passwords.

This is a serious hacking issue. Rectify it immediately. IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED.

Please Do Not Try to Fix Manually. It May Crash Your Data.

ERROR CODE: ERR7343DYJ6

Call 1844-786-8921 (Toll Free) and tell this code to agent. Please Visit Your Nearest Windows Service Centre OR Call Help Desk

Customer Service +1-844-786-8921 (TOLL-FREE)

**** IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED ****

PLEASE DO NOT SHUT DOWN OR RESTART YOUR COMPUTER, DOING THAT MAY LEAD TO DATA LOSS AND FAILURE OF OPERATING SYSTEM, HENCE BOOTABLE SITUATION RESULTING COMPLETE DATA LOSS. The Trojan and backdoors are not themselves easily detectable, but if they carry our significant computing or communications activity may cause the computer to run noticeably slowly. Malicious program are classified as Trojans if they do not attempt to inject themselves into other files (computer ZEUS virus) or otherwise propagate themselves (worm). A computer may host a Trojan via a malicious program a user is duped into executing files or browsing Internet. Network administration department at +1-844-786-8921 (TOLL-FREE)

Another version of this scam looks like this:

You can read that version’s pop-up message below:

** Microsoft Warning Alert **
Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected
Error # 0x80072ee7

Please call us immediately at: 1-800-953-457
Do not ignore this critical alert.
If you close this page, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage to our network.
Your computer has alerted us that it has been infected with a Pornographic Spyware and riskware. The following information is being stolen…
> Financial Data
> Facebook Logins
> Credit Card Details
> Email Account Logins
> Photos stored on this computer
You must contact us immediately so that our expert engineers can walk you through the removal process over the phone to protect your identity. Please call us within the next 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled or from any information loss.

Toll Free: 1-800-953-457

There is also a message stating this:

** Microsoft Warning Alert **
WARNING: You have been subjected to illegally using or distributing copyrighted contents.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content.

In case you see any of those messages, know that you aren’t on the Official Microsoft Support page. Also, no matter how many pop-ups, alerts and message boxes are displayed, remember that his is just scareware that is trying to trick you into calling the phone number that goes along with the corresponding message.

These domains are associated with the scam in question:

  • https://alertwinver.in/8921/
  • https://storage.googleapis.com/microsoft-security-scans-on-system-performed-100x-c900009/alert.html
  • https://storage.googleapis.com/
  • https://alertwinver.in/

Other domains are surely to be involved in the scam, and you should pay more attention to the messages you see as signs of the scam than the URLs.

Your browser and/or screen can become locked, like it may seem like your whole screen is blocked and totally inaccessible. In such a situation, you could try clicking the “Windows” button and combinations such as “Ctrl+Alt+Del” to see if you still can interact with your computer device.

The scammers want to make you believe that the only way for fixing your computer system is by calling one of the phone numbers, provided on your screen. They also will blatantly lie to you that they are part of the Microsoft team of technicians. Not even a small part of that is true. The whole thing is made in a way to convince you into calling the provided telephone numbers, based on scareware tactics.

Do NOT call any of the phone numbers in any circumstance. It is not toll free as presented on the websites, and even the shortest of calls could cost you a fortune. Moreover, while the con artists can present themselves as Microsoft employees or as other, reputable partners, they will try to extract personal information and financial details from you. That information can be sold, and you could get into more problems, like identity theft, your bank accounts getting emptied etc.

Porn Virus Detected – Removal

To remove any Porn Virus Detected tech support scam and its related files manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal guide does not get rid of the scam and its redirects completely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Software like that will keep your system secure in the future.

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How to Remove Porn Virus Detected from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Porn Virus Detected

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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 Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected 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.

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


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Get rid of Porn Virus Detected from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected:

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 Porn Virus Detected. 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 Porn Virus Detected. 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 Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected. 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 Porn Virus Detected files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Porn Virus Detected, 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 Porn Virus Detected:


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Remove Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected 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 Porn Virus Detected 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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