Windows Warning Alert (Tech Support Scam) - updated Jun 2019

Windows Warning Alert Removal Guide

What is Windows Warning Alert?

Windows Warning Alert is the browser pop-up window displaying fake warning alerts with tech support number which cannot be trusted

Windows Warning Alert virusWindows Warning Alert scam is the message caused but the unwanted application that already runs on the machine.

Windows Warning Alert is a fake message which is displayed to users with an intent to scam[1] them and extort money. This alert shows a pop-up error message which warns victims that their machine has been infected by spyware and riskware[2] and their personal information is in great danger. However, this warning is bogus and is caused by an adware program installed on users’ PC.

The fake Windows Warning Alert pop-up states that multiple malware infections have been detected and users personal information (financial data, Facebook logins, email account logins, etc.) are at high risk of being stolen. To resolve these issues, a user should contact the supposed “technicians” by a provided telephone number or scan the system to see for themselves. Please note that the phone number might vary for every individual or the fake scan showing up on the screen delivers predetermined results of errors and malware.

People complain about such alerts and questions whether this is a real message from the Microsoft or a virus.[3] Remember these messages are not from the support team, software developers and application distributors. Calling the suggested phone number may end in lost money or a damaged machine.

Name Windows Warning Alert
Type Adware
Category Scam
Main danger Redirects to possibly dangerous pages, aims to trick people into revealing their personal information
Tactics Social engineering[4]
Distribution Software bundling, deceptive websites, advertisements, fake software
Elimination Use the anti-malware program and remove Windows Warning Alert. Get FortectIntego clean the machine fully

Social engineering is a fantastic skill that dramatically helps in the marketing industry. However, cybercriminals learned to adopt this technique and use it for illegal purposes – such as scamming innocent victims while abusing their trust and scaring them into installing software or revealing personal data. Thus, users need to learn how to protect themselves from such dangerous scams. We can help you with Windows Warning Alert removal – simply continue reading this article.

As soon as the victim contacts the alleged tech support via the contact information or the toll-free number, the crooks start explaining the “situation.” We must note that they usually do it with no rush and try to use complicated technical terms to confuse people even more and scare users into believing that their machine is in trouble.

However, do not trust these crooks as they are merely lying and Windows Warning Alert is bogus. The only threat your computer is most likely infected with is adware, and it can be dealt with relatively easy, as long as elimination is not delayed. You can use security software like FortectIntego to exterminate the virus with ease.

Windows Warning AlertWindows Warning Alert is a scam that you should stay away from because scammers often employ social engineering tactics to trick users into revealing personal information.

Sometimes Windows Warning Alert creators might ask you to provide remote access to the computer. If granted, schemers might install malware/spyware on your PC and steal credentials or other personal information. They can also record data stored on the machine.

This data might later be sold to cybercriminals on the dark web forums and used for monetary gain. Additionally, they might offer useless software and make you pay for it. Thus, do not agree to anything they offer or rather, never contact them in the first place.

Scammers can even claim that you need to pay for the provided service. This is a method used to get money directly from users or collect credentials and logins using keystroke loggers and other data-stealing techniques.

There are multiple scams out there which claim that users’ PC is damaged, infected by malware or it requires an alleged software update. These fake messages are caused by adware and should be ignored. We urge you to remove Windows Warning Alert virus for good and not put your personal information and money at risk.

Windows Warning Alert scamWindows Warning Alert is the message stating about possible risks and damage to your machine. Unfortunately, this is fake and caused by the PUP.

Windows Warning Alert is a scam that can lead to various issues with your machine or even put a risk on personal information or privacy issues. If you reveal your email, full name or any other personally-identifiable details, your identity might be at risk.

Other secondary scams like sextortion, email scam techniques use such data to spread around and scare people into paying the ransom or revealing more valuable data. Keep away from contacting these criminals and remove Windows Warning Alert pop-up window and all the PUPs that cause such alerts as soon as possible with anti-malware tools

Particular Windows Warning Error 0x80092ee9 scam

Social engineering attacks that put full-screen error messages look scary enough to make people eager to call the provided number or use suggested tool. This method works especially great when the fake alert states about particular malware, error or a system risk because this specific fact seems to be more legitimate.

Error #0x80092ee9 alert is one of them. This scam shows the message stating that your device might be exposed to spyware, riskware or malicious pornographic content. To find out what is the particular issue, the message offers to call the Windows support team and report the details of this possible security incidents.

Unfortunately, the toll-free number can cost you more than you think and further activities like remote access or rogue tool installation lead to more damage to your machine. The alert is fake, but all the risk can come from accessing the scammers via the provided phone number or pop-up redirects. Stay away from this warning alert and remove Error 0x80092ee9, PUP or another application that causes these messages using automatic anti-malware tools like FortectIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner.

Error #0x80092ee9Error # 0x80092ee9 is a scam particularly targeting Windows users with fake alerts warning about system issues.

Adware can be potentially dangerous

Security experts[5] concluded that adware is relatively harmless software which typically exposes users to various advertisements which are sponsored by partners. To say the least, adware is incredibly frustrating to deal with, as it often installs additional components without users’ permission, covers the legitimate content of official websites with ads, banners, offers, deals and redirects users to gambling, porn, online gaming or other suspicious domains.

Additionally, adware slows down users machines as it runs multiple background processes to deliver advertisements. Thus, every browsing session becomes a nightmare to users affected by it. Therefore, we highly advise avoiding adware and researching information on products or services yourself.

Windows Warning Alert technical support scamWindows Warning Alert scam is a product of cybercriminals who focus on scamming techniques to trick people into revealing information or installing rogue software.

Adware is distributed within software bundles

If you noticed adware present on your computer, you should check which freeware you recently installed. Bundling is a common scheme used by free software developers. They do not adequately disclose the full list of installation; hence users end up with unwanted programs on their machines.

To avoid PUPs and adware, we advise always picking “Advanced/Custom” installation modes. A lot of users often pick “Recommended/Quick” settings as they are trying to save time. However, this method should be deflected.

Once in “Advanced” settings, untick any pre-checked tick boxes. Also, do not forget to read through EULA and Privacy Policy of the application.

Remove Windows Warning Alert scam for good

If you already contacted cybercriminals and got scammed, make sure you follow these steps:

  • Remove Windows Warning Alert scam from your computer entirely;
  • Reset your browser settings and all passwords;
  • Contact your bank and ask for a refund if any money was paid;
  • In some cases, you might want to contact your local fraud department so they can investigate.

Windows Warning Alert removal can be performed either manually or automatically. We suggest using robust security software and deleting all the unwanted PUPs, spyware, malware, etc. with just a few button clicks. You can pick one of the programs mentioned below.

Manual virus removal can also be performed; however, it is not that convenient and takes much longer to execute. If you are a computer-savvy individual, you can follow our step-by-step guide below this article. Every effort has been made by our security experts to make the tutorial as clear as possible. Therefore, we urge you to follow each step without mistakes as the incorrect procedure will merely fail to eliminate the infection.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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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Getting rid of Windows Warning Alert. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

You should follow these instructions if you want to eliminate Windows Warning Alert from your Windows OS:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  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.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from 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

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

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

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

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

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. 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

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Windows Warning Alert registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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