Critical alert from Microsoft Removal

What is Critical alert from Microsoft

“Critical alert from Microsoftâ€, or “Microsoft has detected…†is fake online security warning and a tech support scam hosted on a site that spoofs a Microsoft support page. “Critical alert from Microsoft†is there to scam people and steal their passwords.

To be clear, Microsoft has absolutely nothing to do with this fake security warning. Microsoft’s name is being used in the text of “Critical alert from Microsoft†in order to discourage people from being suspicious and taking time to research the issue. The impersonators can actually be arrested when they’re found.

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What “Critical alert from Microsoft†looks like

A computer-generated voice ominously reads out the warning text from the red banner, including the phone numbers of the scammers. Warning sounds play when you try to get out of the “Critical alert from Microsoft†screen.

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How it’s actually fake

“Critical alert from Microsoft†acts a lot like the other recent fake security warnings/tech support scams that have been spreading, like “Virus Alert from Microsoft”, “Windows Support Alertâ€, “Your Windows Is Infected With 5 Viruses!”, displaying an alarmist browser warning. It claims that the computer has pirated software installed, that it’s spreading viruses, that it’s hacked. Bans people from closing the browser window (which would actually be the best way of dealing with “Critical alert from Microsoftâ€) or restarting their computer. The “Critical alert from Microsoft†site makes it very difficult to actually close the browser window. All this is done to try to scare people and make them contact the scammers. There’s only one thing you need to know to understand why “Critical alert from Microsoft†warnings are all lies: it’s that this warning originates in the browser. Anyone can see this website and see the exact same results, regardless of the state of their computer. Hilariously, even my Android phone gets a “Critical alert from Microsoftâ€!

The scam “Critical alert from Microsoft†is not connected to Microsoft despite using their name. The phone number +1-888-879-3955(Toll Free) does not belong to Microsoft and the real URL of Window help doesn’t match the URL of the scam. The site that hosts “Critical alert from Microsoft†is lazily constructed from images imitating the original Windows help page. You can even see that by the compression artifacts visible on the “menu†— it’s a screenshot!

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How it could be dangerous

If you manage to get off the “Critical alert from Microsoft†website without downloading or revealing anything and contacting anyone, you should be fine. But the site does pose some serious danger. First, “Critical alert from Microsoft†tries to download files. In case your browser is configured to allow pop-ups and redirects, you’ll be prompted to download and save a file. If you actually download it without your browser crashing, it would be safest to delete it.

“Critical alert from Microsoft†also tries to phish for your Windows credentials. A pop-up asks for your username and password, claiming that it’s required if you’re to receive help from Windows agents. The pop-up is reopened immediately after you close it (except on Firefox), whether you input your credentials or not. Phishing is dangerous because stolen passwords and usernames can be used to hijack online accounts which have saved payment information or hack your computer through Remote Desktop. If you think that your password has been exposed to those behind “Critical alert from Microsoftâ€, change it as soon as you can.

Most obviously, “Critical alert from Microsoft†is a tech support scam. These scams can trick people and cost them real money. Not a few dozen dollars like some legitimate cybersecurity tools might — tech support scammers cheat people out of hundreds of dollars.

How to get rid of the “Critical alert from Microsoft†warning

You might have trouble closing the browser window. Try to close the window using shortcuts, or end the browser process. Or, if you don’t have unsaved work, restart your computer and do not restore the tabs on your browser. If you only saw “Critical alert from Microsoft†once, and it’s not repeating, it’s possible that a malicious ad or link took you there. That could mean a problem with the websites that you visit (they should be more careful about what ads they allow to be displayed) or maybe spam emails or messages that spread the malicious link to this scam, but doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re infected with malware (though it can’t hurt to perform a scan).

On the other hand, if you’re constantly being directed to the “Critical alert from Microsoft†page, it’s likely that your computer is infected with some aggressive adware. If that’s the case, a professional antivirus tool like Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool should be able to detect the malware. Then you can work on removing it.

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Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Critical alert from Microsoft. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Critical alert from Microsoft Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Critical alert from Microsoft or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Critical alert from Microsoft Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Critical alert from Microsoft or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Critical alert from Microsoft Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Critical alert from Microsoft or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Critical alert from Microsoft.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Critical alert from Microsoft Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Critical alert from Microsoft or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Critical alert from Microsoft is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Critical alert from Microsoft program.
  7. Select Critical alert from Microsoft or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Critical alert from Microsoft

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Critical alert from Microsoft

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Critical alert from Microsoft, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Critical alert from Microsoft in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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