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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Remove 1-844-809-5828 Pop-up from "Microsoft" Tech Support

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If you keep getting very persistent pop-ups on your computer about system errors and a phone number 1-844-809-5828 for tech support than your computer is definitely infected with adware. As you may already know, adware is a program that has been designed to display adverts and popups on your screen when you're connected to the Internet. Sometimes these are simply embedded on a web page but the more annoying variety comes in the form of pop-up windows, especially when they pretend to be from Microsoft and claim that your computer is infected or has some serious problems. This type of adware is without a doubt the worst kind and no matter how many times you close the window, it will simply return, time and time again. And to make matters even worse, clicking the 'close' or 'ok' button on the corner of the pop-up to close it can only serve to exacerbate matters as this often triggers a further infestation of adware on your machine. (Should you be infected by pop-up windows, the trick is to close them by clicking on the small red 'x' in the corner of the window instead.) This particular adware variant goes one step further and hijack Internet Explorer. It loads a webpage in the background so that the only visible part is the fake pop-up saying that Microsoft detected security error due to recent activity. This pop up says it is from Microsoft but it's obviously not. Here's how it looks:

Microsoft Detected Security Error Due Recent Activity. Please Contact Microsoft Certified Technicians for Help: 1-844-809-5828

Don't call this number! This pop-up has nothing to do with Microsoft. The phone number doesn't belong to Microsoft either. As a matter of fact, Microsoft will NEVER initiate a call to you - that is their company policy.

Why do I often hear adware mentioned in conjunction with spyware?

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 1-844-809-5828 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,

1-844-809-5828 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 1-844-809-5828 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 1-844-809-5828 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 1-844-809-5828 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 1-844-809-5828 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.