Pornographics Security Warning scam (Tech Support Scam) - Free Guide

Pornographics Security Warning scam Removal Guide

What is Pornographics Security Warning scam?

Pornographics Security Warning is a fake website created to exploit vulnerable people

Pornographics Security WarningPornographics Security Warning tries to trick users into calling a provided number

Pornographics Security Warning is a malicious site that tries to fool users into thinking that their Windows operating system was blocked due to suspicious activity. Scammers encourage people to contact them and then they pretend to be Microsoft's technical support. During the call, most often they try to convince people to provide them with access to the computer remotely.

After that happens, fraudsters can block users from doing anything, blackout the screen, look at their personal photos, videos, go through all the files and blackmail them. Sometimes they try to get people to type in their bank details so they can steal the funds. There are a lot of things that they can do, but the main goal is to coax people and exploit them for financial gain.

Getting fooled by these technical support schemes can lead to monetary losses, identity theft,[1] or malware[2] infections. If you have suffered from these scammers you should definitely contact the police as soon as possible, change all your passwords, and scan your machine for any suspicious programs.

NAME Pornographics Security Warning
TYPE Microsoft technical support scam; adware
SYMPTOMS If you have adware hiding in your system, you might experience redirects to scam sites, increased amount of commercial content like pop-ups, banners and surveys
DISTRIBUTION Redirects by malicious websites or adware
DANGERS Scammers pretending to be from Microsoft can steal your bank account information or install malware
ELIMINATION Scan your system professional security tools
FURTHER STEPS If you have contacted the scammer, you should change passwords for all your accounts. After malware removal (if such was installed), you should also fix the damaged system with a maintenance tool ReimageIntego

Learn to identify online scams

Encountering such a page can be very intimidating as there are a lot of warning signs, a short period of time to contact the “technical support,” and other scare tactics. Fraudsters want you to act based on emotions and turn off your critical thinking by making you believe that you have no time and something horrible can happen.

There is nothing else you can do other than just not believe everything you see while browsing the web. Crooks mostly prey on people with minimal IT skills so you have to be extremely aware, and read everything carefully. This is the message from the site word for word:

Pornographics Security warning

Windows was blocked due to questionable activity. You need to contact us immediately so that our engineers can guide you through the removal process by phone. PLEASE call us within the next 5 minutes to to avoid a complete malfunction of your computer.

Did you catch the mistake? The word “to” was typed in two times in a row. This is such a small detail but it tells you that the page is definitely fake. Microsoft is a giant tech company and it would never make such a mistake, as it has to pass many channels before it gets published.

Pornographics Security Warning scamIndividuals behind the scam pretend to be Microsoft employees

Another thing that you can look out for is the full-screen mode. Many of these technical support scam pages automatically appear in full screen to hide the URL at the top and make it look not like a website that just opened in the browser, but a legitimate Windows prompt. To exit or turn on the full-screen mode you have to click the F11 key on your keyboard.

You should also remember that Windows Defender, the security system, will never show prompts asking you to call a phone number. Microsoft, of course, does have live support, but if you think that you really need it, you can always go to the official Microsoft website and call them that way and ask about anything that you are concerned about.

A browser extension could be causing redirects to scam sites

Fake alert web scams have been increasing over the years, and there have been instances where they were caused by browser extensions. These days, adding browser plugins is very easy and fast. Because of that, people do not do their research like read the reviews or look at the ratings. Sometimes people even add multiple extensions at once and test them out.

Few people know that extensions can cause a lot of unwanted changes in their browsers and control the settings. For these reasons, you have to make sure that there are no shady add-ons. You can remove browser plugins by going to your settings. Find the list of extensions installed in your browser and look for anything suspicious. We show how to do that in the guide below:

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

After you remove the extensions and scan your system for adware[3] you should clear your browsers, fix any system damage and optimize the machine with a repair tool ReimageIntego. It is extremely useful, especially after virus infections as it can fix corrupted files, registry issues, and various system errors.

Adware elimination

Pornographics Security Warning scam page could have been opened automatically by adware the same way you could have gotten redirected by a malicious site. For that reason, we strongly suggest you inspect your system and check if there are no potentially unwanted programs[4] that could cause you more danger.

If you still get redirected to suspicious pages, see a lot of commercial content, like pop-ups, banners, surveys we strongly suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools that will scan your machine, eliminate it, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a PUP can make any changes.

You can also remove PUPs manually, but they can be disguised as handy tools, have any name and icon so it is hard to identify them. You may risk deleting the wrong files and not getting rid of the infection at all. If manual removal is what you still prefer, we have step-by-step instructions below:

Windows 10/8:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

Windows 7/XP:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.
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Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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