New online scamming virus-like notifications have beug appearing in the Wild, very similar to the “Your system is heavily damaged by (4) virus!” scam. The messages have begun appearing as a resul of a web redired to a URL which displays a pop-up with them. The objective of those messages is to get victims to install a suspicious phone application which will install a software on the victim’s computer, known as PCSmartCleanup. The software has been reported to be suspicious and demand money to fix non-existent issues on your computer. This is the main reason why we strongly advise you to remove completely this scamming messages from your browser and PC by reading the following article.
|Type||Scam / Browser Redirect|
|Short Description||A browser redirect to a usually random URL which displays a tab locking message, asking victims to download a rogue antivirus program.|
|Symptoms||A new tab on your browser may display a message saying “Your Windows Is Infected With (2) Viruses”.|
|Distribution Method||Via Adware or advertising malware installed on your computer or by being redirected from a suspicious site.|
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How Does Winsecurity Virus Spread
In order to be widespread, the scam may take advantage of an ad-supported software, known as potentially unwanted programs on your computer. This software may cause multiple web browser redirects, among which may be the following scam. Such programs are often known as adware or browser hijackers and they may be installed via other adware on your PC or via software bundling. Bundling is an aggressive marketing trick to slither software such as the one causing the “Your Windows Is Infected With (2) Viruses” pop-ups to appear. This means that if you have downloaded a free program installer of your favorite media player or any other freeware, you may have also installed the Winsecurity scamming message program on your PC as well.
Other methods by which you can land on the Winsecurity web page is if you have visited suspicious website that has a script which causes the redirects or pop-ups of this scam to appear directly on your computer. Some suspicious websites have smart methods that bypass any ad-blockers or similar programs of such type.
Winsecurity Scam “Virus” – Activity and Purpose
The end goal of the Winsecurity scamming program is to show a fake message with instructions within it on how to download a fake antivirus program, also known as rogue antivirus. Such software performs a fake scan of your computer, shortly after which aims to convince you to pay money in order to perform the removal of those viruses. This scamming practice often results in victims paying the cyber-criminals online and even risking their financial details by exposing their credit card number, security code and other credentials.
The most often seen message of the Winsecurity scam appears in the following way:
It pretends to give victims a deadline which is couple of minutes and dispays a fake countdown timer in order to get victims to panic. However, when the timer runs out, nothing happens, it is only a scareware tactic. The message which tricks inexperienced victims into clicking the “REMOVE” button and downloading the fake removal software is the following:
Your Windows Windows 10 is infected with (2) Viruses!
25 September 2017
Your Windows Windows 10 is infected with (2) Viruses. The pre-scan found traces of (2) malware and (1)
phishing/spyware. System damage: 28.1% – Immediate removal required!
The removal of (2) Viruses is required immediately to prevent further system damage. loss of Apps. Photos
or other files.
Traces of (1) PhishingISpyware were found on your computer. Personal and banking information are at
2 minutes and 0 seconds
In addition to displaying this message, the web links which may be presented to you in correlation to this message may be malicious as well. Most of them usually have tracking technologies embedded directly within them, such as:
- Flash cookies (LSOs).
These technologies are not malicious by essence, but they may be authorized to collect different information from your computer and store it. Such info may be:
- Your location and language.
- Browsing history.
- Online clicks.
- Online search history.
In addition to this, the website Winsecurity.info itself may use those technolgoies when you purchase the fake antivirus software as well. This is likely done with the purpose to collect your personal and financial information.
Similar to many tech support scams, the “Your Windows Is Infected With (2) Viruses” scam may also display a fake telephone number which aims to get you to call a fake tech support agent. Beside the risk of the call subscribing your number to services that may ramp up your telephone bill, the person on the other side may want you information as well. This is why, it is strongly recommended not to call any number provided there and to immediately remove the “Your Windows Is Infected With (2) Viruses” scam with an anti-malware software which is specifically used to tackle low-level threats like this one as well as high end ones.
How to Remove “Your Windows Is Infected With (2) Viruses” Scam
Since this scam can appear both on your computer as well as mobile device, we have divided the removal instructions into removal for computers and mobile devices as well.
If you have started seeing pop-ups, just like or similar to the “Your Windows Is Infected With (2) Viruses” scam, you should immediately shut down your web browser and follow the instructions below to remove it and protect your PC in the future as well. Since manual removal may be a tricky process, experts strongly advise to use an advanced anti-malware software to get rid of the “Your Windows Is Infected With (2) Viruses” scam with an automatic scan of your computer by using an anti-malware software.
PC Removal Instructions:
Manually delete Winsecurity.info from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Winsecurity.info threat: Manual removal of Winsecurity.info requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
Automatically remove Winsecurity.info by downloading an advanced anti-malware program
Smartphone and Tablet Removal Instructions:
- Guide 1: How to Remove Winsecurity.info from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Winsecurity.info from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Winsecurity.info from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Winsecurity.info from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Winsecurity.info from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Winsecurity.info from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Winsecurity.info from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Winsecurity.info from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Winsecurity.info
Step 2: Uninstall Winsecurity.info 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Winsecurity.info on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Winsecurity.info there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Winsecurity.info from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Winsecurity.info and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Winsecurity.info 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Winsecurity.info files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Winsecurity.info, 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.
Remove Winsecurity.info 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.
Erase Winsecurity.info 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.
Uninstall Winsecurity.info 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.
Remove Winsecurity.info 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Winsecurity.info will be removed.
Eliminate Winsecurity.info 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.