This article will aid you to remove the Google Chrome Warning Alert scam fully. Follow the tech support scam removal instructions at the end of the article.
Google Chrome Warning Alert is a message seen on various websites that host a tech support scam with a phone number that allegedly belongs to Google Chrome support or Windows Help Desk. Pop-ups that show constantly could lock your browser on that current landing page. The browser can be shut down in some cases, without any negative effects, but in other ones your computer and browser might get affected further with more malware. Most variants of this scam feature a background image that aims to look like an official alert from Google Chrome. Do not call any phone numbers and read more about the scam below.
|Name||"Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam|
|Type||Tech Support Scam|
|Short Description||A number of tech support scams trying to scare you that you have a legitimate Google Chrome Warning Alert about a virus found on your PC. You are provided with a phone number to a supposed tech support team.|
|Symptoms||Pop-up boxes, messages, and redirects appear in your browser. It is not excluded for there to be a lock-screen 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|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss "Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam.|
Google Chrome Warning Alert – Spread
Browsing the Internet can be dangerous, especially when you reach new and unknown websites by causally browsing and they turn out to be malicious. Clicking on advertisements or targeted content could have hidden links that redirect you to dubious online places. That is the most common way in which this kind of a tech support scam can use for its spread. Other websites could be filled with advertisements and redirect links and you could land on a page which has the Google Chrome Warning Alert message.
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 Advanced or a Custom settings.
Google Chrome Warning Alert – In Depth
Google Chrome Warning Alert is one of a few messages related to a tech support scam. The scam doesn’t differentiate much between the domains which are involved with it, but they use different phone numbers. Two of the most frequently seen phone numbers associated with the scam are the following:
All of these technical support scams are shown with pop-ups as alerts and are trying to scare you into calling the phone number given on the page. To make it sound more trustworthy, the scammers have put both the Google Chrome and Windows names as the supposed entities which you should call up.
There could be plenty more phone numbers associated with this scam, depending on the Web addresses and landing pages associated with the scam. These 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 Google Chrome or Windows Help Desk and say they are employees there. That is definitely a lie. The most common background with the message Google Chrome Warning Alert looks like this:
The full message reads the following:
Your computer has been Locked
Call Google Chrome : 1800-235-661
Your computer with the IP address [redacted] has been infected by the Trojans — Because System Activation KEY
has expired & Your information (for example, passwords, messages, and credit cards) have been stolen. Call the
Windows Help Desk 1800-235-661 to protect your files and identity from further damage.
Call Google Chrome : 1800-235-661
Call Google Chrome : 1800-235-661
Back to safety
In case you see any of those messages or other ones, know that they aren’t official messages from Google/Google Chrome or Microsoft/Windows. Also, no matter how many pop-ups, alerts and message boxes are displayed, remember that this is just scareware that is trying to trick you into calling the 1800-235-661 (or 0-800-090-3913) phone number that goes along with the corresponding message. Lots of domains are involved with this scam, and you should pay more attention to sites you are visiting and if you think they are legitimate (especially their URLs).
Another message that usually comes in the form of a pop-up image and can’t be closed by clicking on its “X” button gives the following message:
** Google Chrome Warning Alert **
Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected
Please call us immediately Call Google Chrome at 1800-235-661
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 risk ware. The following information is being stolen…
Call Google Chrome: 1800-235-661
Stay Page | Leave Page
As seen above, the site will state that a pornographic virus has been detected. What the scammers were probably trying to say is that you were visiting porn sites that contain malware, and that is likely to be the cause as they might have spread adverts on websites with such content. Read on the “Porn Virus Detected Scam” to see details about a similar scam message type.
Your browser or computer screen can become locked and may seem like your whole screen is blocked and totally inaccessible. In such a situation, you could try clicking the “Windows” button (if you have such on your keyboard or a similar one) and combinations such as “Ctrl+Alt+Del” or even the “Close” button to check if you still can interact with your computer system.
The scammers want to make you believe that the only way to fix your computer device is by calling one of the phone numbers, provided on your screen. They also will blatantly lie to you that they are an expert team of technicians and as already mentioned above, in most cases pretend to be Google employees. Not even a small fraction of that is true. Also, note that most of the time the person on the other line has an Indian accent or is from India – that is not racist or discriminatory in this case, but sadly it may be true. The whole scam is made in a way to convince you into calling the provided telephone numbers, based firmly 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 next to a small fortune. Furthermore, while the con artists can present themselves as employees of Google, Microsoft or similar experts and even partners, know that they will try to acquire personal information and financial data from you. That information can be sold, and you could get into more problems, such as identity theft, your bank accounts getting emptied etc.
Remove “Google Chrome Warning Alert” Scam
To remove the Google Chrome Warning Alert 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.
"Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam-FAQ
What Is "Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam?
The "Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam threat is adware or browser redirect virus.
It may slow your computer down significantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What Are the Symptoms of "Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and have poor performance in general.
Symptom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts recommend that you check your computer for viruses.
What Types of Unwanted Programs Are There?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to Do If I Have a "virus" like "Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your email passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activities with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these recommendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
How Does "Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam Work?
Once installed, "Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam can collect data about your web browsing habits, such as the websites you visit and the search terms you use. This data is then used to target you with ads or to sell your information to third parties.
"Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam can also download other malicious software onto your computer, such as viruses and spyware, which can be used to steal your personal information and show risky ads, that may redirect to virus sites or scams.
Is "Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam Malware?
The truth is that PUPs (adware, browser hijackers) are not viruses, but may be just as dangerous since they may show you and redirect you to malware websites and scam pages.
Many security experts classify potentially unwanted programs as malware. This is because of the unwanted effects that PUPs can cause, such as displaying intrusive ads and collecting user data without the user’s knowledge or consent.
About the "Google Chrome Warning Alert" Scam Research
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