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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

1-844-332-7029 Critical System Alert Scam Pop-Up Removal Guide

Tell your friends:
If your web browser redirects you to dodgy websites that try to get you to call 1-844-332-7029 to remove viruses then your computer is infected with adware and possibly some other malware. I've found a few websites that promote this tech support scam: and It would be a good idea to block both websites because they display fake pop-up windows claiming that your computer is infected with malware. Notice how scammers use Microsoft Security Essentials logo and your IP address which can be easily found using a JavaScript code to make the warning look legitimate. It even pretends to scan your computer but what it really does is simply display a fake web page with fake virus detection. Just like any other tech support scam, it says that you should call a number, in this case 1-844-332-7029, to get your computer fixed. If you don't know already, scammers won't fix your computer and will install bogus programs including remote access tools. Needles to say, it's might end up pretty bad if you decide to call and then follow their directions. Here's how the fake pop-up warning reads:

System has found multiple viruses that pose a serious threat:
Your personal and financial information might be at risk call 1-844-332-7029 for security check.

Some of the threats listed in this pop-up warning do exist but others were made up to scare you. They are clearly not for Microsoft and this pop-up is not from Microsoft Security Essentials. Your IP address, date and other information can be easily pulled using a simple web script in case you wonder how they know such information. The statement that Security Essentials has detected that security lever of your computer is critically low is also false. As a matter of fact, you may not have it installed on your computer.

Spyware and adware are often mentioned in the same breath and this is because a lot of adware programs exhibit some seriously spyware type behavior. Adware comes with a component which monitors your Internet usage and then relays the information gathered back to the programmer. This gives them insight into which websites you have visited and which products or services you looked at when you were on those sites. Using this data they can then choose which adverts you see based on your preferences.

Before you get too alarmed, just because you can see 1-844-332-7029 pop-up warnings on your screen it doesn't necessarily mean that you are being monitored as not all adware has a tracking component – although much of it does – the problem is, how do you know?

Despite this unpleasant behavior using adware is not actually against the law, unless of course it displays fake virus warnings. But I think we can probably all agree that being spied upon whenever we are connected to the Internet is a real invasion of our online privacy regardless. The other additional problem that this spying activity causes is that the constant monitoring and relaying of data also slows your computer and your Internet connection right down – not great, especially considering you're the victim here!

If you have questions, leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

1-844-332-7029 Pop-up Warning Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Remove 1-844-332-7029 virus pop-up related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • Safe Web
  • LyricsSay-1
  • Websteroids
  • BlocckkTheAds
  • HD-Plus 3.5
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove 1-844-332-7029 pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Safe Web, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.

Remove 1-844-332-7029 pop-ups from Google Chrome:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Safe Web, LyricsSay-1, Websteroids, Quiknowledge, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove 1-844-332-7029 pop-ups from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.