This article has been created in order to explain to you what is the “Windows Warning Alert” scamming message and how to stop this tech support scam on your browser plus how to secure your PC completely by removing any adware that may be causing such redirects.
A new “Windows Warning Alert” voice and flickering message, asking to call the Microsoft Tech Support number +1 877 247 8999 has been reported by security researchers. The message, whose primary purpose is to begin to scare users that their computer is compromised and they should immediately call the number and the scamming message also prevents victims from closing their browser. If you see the “Windows Warning Alert” web page, do not call the number and read this article in order to learn how to remove this scamming message and remove any software on your browser or PC that may be causing such scamming sites to appear on your PC.
|Name||“Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up|
|Type||Tech Support Scam|
|Symptoms||A flickering web page appears, with a voice message, saying that spyware has infected your PC and to fix it, you should call +1 877 247 8999.|
|Distribution Method||Most likely spread as a result of either visitng the wrong website, clicking on the wrong ad or having a PUP installed on your computer, causing browser redirects to suspicious sites, like the +1 877 247 8999 scam itself.|
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“Windows Warning Alert” Scam – How Did I Start Seeing It
The main method of propagation this scamming website uses is to slither it’s web page – winserrordirect(dot)info(dot)tm on your web browser. This can occur as a result of several scenarios.
One of those is if you have visited a website of unwanted type and have clicked on a banner or different type of advertisement, which may have initiated a web browser redirect to the web page.
Another likely scenario is if you have let the “Windows Warning Alert” scam inside your computer as a result of allowing a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) which displays advertisements to be installed. Such software, primarily browser hijackers and adware often cause web browser redirects to unwanted websites. You may have accidentally installed a PUP by installing a free program, like a driver or your favorite media player, for example which may have had the PUP added to the installation wizard “as a free useful extra”. Usually those installation steps are difficult to discover and this is the main reason why you should always go through the Advanced or Custom installation modes of your installer, since such installation steps are often concealed there. And the reason why your PC did not flag this program as a virus is that these low-level types of threats are often skipped by conventional antivurus software.
”Windows Warning Alert” – More Information
As soon as you visit the website of the “Windows Warning Alert” scam, you are welcomed by the following screen:
In addition to this, a voice message also appears on your computer, which simply reads the text from the pop-up that appears, which is the following:
** Windows Warning Alert **
Malicious pornographic spyware / riskware discovered
Error # Unknown System Failure!
Please call us immediately: +1 877 247 8999
Do not ignore this critical warning.
Closing this page will disable your computer access to prevent further damage to our network.
Your computer has warned us that it has been infected with a pornographic Spyware and riskware. The following information is stolen…
> financial data
> Facebook Logins
> Credit cards details
> Email Account Logins
> Photos stored on this computer
Please contact us immediately so that our experienced engineers can accompany you through the removal process over the phone, to protect your identity. Please call us within the next 5 minutes to keep your computer away disabled or from any loss of information.
Toll Free: +1 877 247 8999
When we checked the number +1 877 247 8999, we concluded that it was reported by several users in association with scams. Users who have got tricked into calling the number report that the scammers pretended to be Microsoft support and they aimed to get the victims into paying a hefty amount of money for them to fix the issue, but in addition to this, they were also willing to negotiate and lower the “tariff”. If you see this pop-up, be advised that there is no such issue and your computer may even be infected by malware at this point, but may only have unwanted software which can be removed if you keep reading this article.
Remove “Windows Warning Alert” Scam Pop-up from Your PC
Before actually getting to the point of removal of the unwanted software that may be causing pop-ups, like “Windows Warning Alert”, you will need to close your browser first, which cannot be done conventionally. This is why you will need to do the following:
Step 1: Press CTRL+ALT+DEL.
Step 2: Open Task Manager.
Step 3: Right-Click on Google Chrome (chrome.exe) and click on End Process. If this doesn’t work, right-click again and click on End Process Tree.
After you have done this, you should follow the removal instructions underneath and remove the unwanted program either manually or automatically. Be advised, that if you want a completely secure PC which is also protected in the future, experts always recommend to download and scan your computer, using an advanced anti-malware program. Such will fully remove any intrusive programs and malware that may currently be residing on your PC and protect you as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up
Step 2: Uninstall “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up 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 “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up 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 “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up 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 “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up 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 “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up 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 “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up 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 “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up 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 “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up will be removed.
Eliminate “Windows Warning Alert” Pop-up 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.