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Remove “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” virus (Removal Instructions) - May 2018 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

“Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” – a fake message created by cyber criminals

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“Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” is a technical support scam[1] that is aimed to trick users into calling a specific phone number in order to fix computer-related problems. Scammers create threatening messages on compromised websites and use adware programs to redirect users to them. As soon as users accidentally install some potentially unwanted program (PUP), his or her browser might start redirects to misleading tech support website.

Name Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected
Type Technical support scam
Distribution Adware, malicious ads, compromised websites
Targeted OS Windows
Phone number 1-888-326-5882
Purpose Trick people into calling fake Microsoft help line
Other symptoms Redirects to suspicious websites, increased amounts of ads and pop-ups on the browser
Elimination To uninstall Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” adware, install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and run a full system scan

“Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” virus typically redirects users to or sites that displays fake Microsoft alert. Microsoft-related scams[2] comprises the majority of all tech support scams. The reason for such tendency is simple – users react to Microsoft or Windows alerts more sensitively convinced that related notifications are genuine.

"Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected" example
"Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected" may leave a bigger "impact" for those users who indeed visit web pages with adult content.

Creators of this technical support scam use psychological terror and want to make people believe their computers were infected by malicious pornographic spyware. Due to the infection, their sensitive information and credit card details might be in danger. However, only Microsoft support line can protect from the damage. However, we want to warn that the following alert is not legitimate:

Microsoft Warning Alert
Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected
Error # 0xx90025ee9
Please call us immediately at: 1-888-326-5882
Do not ignore this critical alert.
If you close this page, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage to our network.
Your computer has alerted us that it has been infected with a Pornographic Spyware and risk ware. The following information is being stolen:
> Financial Data
> Facebook Logins
> Credit Card Details
> Email Account Logins
> Photos stored on this computer
You must contact us immediately so that our expert engineers can walk you though the removal process over the phone to protect your identity.. Please call us within the next 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled or from any information loss.

In order to grant more reliability, a specific error code 0xx90025ee9 is indicated as well. However, this error message is just a creation of people standing behind malicious pornographic spyware/riskware detected scam. Even if you have recently visited adult-oriented websites, we can ensure that this error does not warn cyber infection on your computer.

"Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected" Microsoft Scam

Researchers from[3] report that pornographic spyware alert has a couple different versions. They might use other phone numbers and give another error code. Despite these minor changes, the aim of the hoax remains the same. Therefore, if you receive an unknown error code or suggestion to call some support service, you should always look up for more information online.

Online forums are full of people questions what is pornographic spyware and is this alert sent by Microsoft. Victims of various scams also share their stories how these scammers took advantage of them. Typically, these cyber threats are created for these reasons:

  • Convincing users into installing TeamViewer or another program enabling remote access in order to gain access to user’s computer.
  • Selling useless or corrupted security programs that are expensive.
  • Tricking users into installing an obfuscated antivirus that is actually malware or spyware.[4]
  • Obtaining credit card details and other sensitive information.

"Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected" alert

Frightened that their credit card credentials and personal data will be leaked, might follow the predetermined scenario of the scammers. Instead of wasting time and money on such felonies, instead, proceed to “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” removal.

Luckily, this particular scam can be easily terminated. You can simply exit it by clicking on Prevent this page from creating additional dialogues. Then, scan the device with malware elimination tool, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes. It will help you also remove “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected.”

"Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected" malware
"Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected" may leave a bigger "impact" for those users who indeed visit web pages with adult content.

Redirects to technical support scam website usually begin after adware infiltration

This tech support scam works mainly through the adware scripts placed on movie streaming, torrent sharing domains and similar domains overcrowded with links and ads. Clicking on a certain link may trigger the installation of the ad-supported application.

Such adware/malware temporarily paralyzes the website. In order to exit the web page, clicking on the exit button is not sufficient. Click on the earlier mentioned button. Let us assure that no serious spyware nor data-stealing viruses have corrupted your computer.

"Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected" example

Additionally, adware which is responsible for redirecting to scam website might travel in software bundles and sneak into the system if users do not pay attention to the installation of freeware. The hijack might happen when users rely on Quick/Recommended settings. To avoid such problems, it’s important to use Advanced/Custom settings and follow the instructions attentively.

“Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” removal instructions

In spite of the alarming content of such scam, you can easily remove “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” virus. You can opt rather for an optimal solution – automatic elimination. Scan the infected computer and let your chosen anti-malware program to clean all adware-related components.

However, if you feel skilled enough, you can opt for the automatic “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” removal. For more information, please check the instructions presented below. But if redirects to scam site reappear, we highly recommend using security software.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” virus, follow these steps:

Erase “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” from Windows systems

Follow the instructions to get rid of all questionable programs that might be responsible for redirects to scam website:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” and related programs
    Here, look for “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” from Internet Explorer (IE)

Though it is not elaborate, you may run through these steps and ensure that all elements of “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” are permanently eliminated.

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete “Malicious Pornographic Spyware/Riskware Detected” removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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