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How to remove You Have A ZEUS Virus scam?

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You Have A ZEUS Virus is a scam displayed as a fake alert that falsely indicates malware 

"You Have A ZEUS" scam virusYou Have A ZEUS Virus is a fake security message which is used to convince users that they are dealing with a seriously dangerous trojan horse. This may appear once and you should exit the window but when you get these pop-ups constantly or click on them you can get a severe cyber infection. If you are an experienced PC user, you will ignore this but note that Zeus virus became recently more active and getting this malware on the device can lead to serious damage.[1] If you received You Have A ZEUS Virus scam or similar alert, you should know that you are dealing with Tech support scammers[2]. Make sure you do NOT dial 1-844-859-0337 or similar number because you will reach people seeking to swindle your money. Besides, they can install malware behind your back and steal your sensitive information. 

Name “You Have A ZEUS Virus” 
Type  Scam
Related  Zeus virus
Tactics  Fake support scam
Distribution Deceptive websites, suspicious software, bundling, advertisements
Possible danger Can infect the device with real malware that causes severe damage
Elimination  Clear the system from possible intruders using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Remove “You Have A ZEUS Virus” related programs

Keep in mind that the appearance of You Have A ZEUS Virus scam has nothing in common with an infamous Zeus virus on your computer. This story was invented just to scare you. The main threat you need to remove is a potentially unwanted program (typically, adware or browser hijacker) that hijacked your browser and changed its settings. As a result, it causes this alert every time you start your browsing on the web.

The very Zeus virus[3] showed on the Web in 2012. Alternatively known as Gameover Zeus, it has been actively used to steal people's sensitive information, including banking data and passwords. However, the trojan horse was taken down in 2016 and today victims get affected by one of its impersonators.[4]

Although, in the past year researchers reported about the recent activity of the trojan Zeus itself when it affected government institutions and companies. Nevertheless, when you get the message, an alert or even a voice warning on the computer that states about the infection it is most likely You Have A ZEUS Virus fake warning.

The main aim of the ZEUS virus scam is to swindle your money. The method used for that is very simple: after dialing this corrupted number, which is provided in the alert message, a victim is connected to scammers who will do their best to look like experienced Microsoft technicians. All that they seek is to make the user fall for this scam and buy services that he or she doesn't need. Besides, sometimes such criminals try to infect victim's system with malware or similar viruses. 

Fortunately, it is quite easy to identify the real scam by comparing it to the original Windows error or system notification. If the alter looks like the one below, you can start You Have A ZEUS Virus removal process without even thinking. The easiest way to do that is to use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

"You Have A ZEUS" scamYou Have A ZEUS Virus is the fake tech support scam message delivered to your screen or the browser.

Where does the success of this scam come from? 

You have a Zeus virus scam has been so successful among PC users because it works as a manipulation tool. First of all, it convinces the user that the most important information is at risk. Besides, it claims that the error was detected by Microsoft.

Therefore, even if you have no idea what the Zeus virus was, you might still fall for this fake alert and follow the requirements written in this fake BSOD screen. Typically, it claims: 

WARNING!

Your Hard drive will be DELETED if your close this page. You have a ZEUS Virus! Please call Support Now!. Call Toll-Free: 1-844-859-0337 To Stop This Process

Are you sure you want to leave this page?

Keep in mind that this scam has several versions. You can also notice such alerts on your web browser:

Due to the fact that You Have A ZEUS Virus developers have different tactics, you may also receive the following message:

Your Hard drive will be DELETED if you close this page. You have a ZEUS virus! Please call Support Now!. Call Toll-Free: 0800-014-8826 To Stop This Process

Are you sure you want to leave this page?

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 riskware. The following information is being stolen…
Financial Data
Facebook Logins
CC Details
Email Account Logins
Photos stored on this computer
You must contact us immediately so that our expert engineers can walk you through 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.

According to victims, you can be required to pay up to 300 USD for the fake technical solution. Alternatively, the supposed technician might lead you through the tiresome steps which supposedly remove the threat. You can also be asked to tell a specific code to help the crook identify your location. 

If you have been bothered by this scam, we highly recommend you to remove You Have A ZEUS Virus and potentially unwanted programs that could be related to it. Otherwise, you might get misguided to another fishy domain which might contain a real virus instead. If you see a similar message in the future, do not rush to follow the commands.

The screenshot of "You Have A ZEUS" scam"You Have A ZEUS virus" scam is the threat that continues inspiring crooks.

Tech support infiltration techniques

Surprisingly, the scam might have infiltrated the system at the time while you were going through the steps of the installation wizard. As a result, overlooking the add-ons might have resulted in the infiltration of potentially unwanted software causing these fake alerts on your computer. 

Keep in mind that programs which are distributed on trusted web pages might still contain fraudulent attachments. In that case, even if you install Skype or another application, watch out for various promoted search engines and suspicious programs. Unmark them and continue with the installation only when you are sure that no unwanted applications get installed.

“You Have A ZEUS Virus” scam elimination guide

Even it is not a complex virtual threat, we do not recommend opting for manual You Have A ZEUS Virus removal. You should rely on a reliable anti-spyware to do the job for you and help you find all suspicious components that belong to this virus. The main program we recommend using while terminating this malware is the anti-malware program.

However, you can also select any of the trusted antivirus tools and let it remove You Have A ZEUS Virus. The very process does not last long; its duration depends on your hardware capabilities and additional intruders.

In addition, we recommend reviewing the below-indicated instructions to reset your browsers and eliminate malicious elements. On the final note, if you ever encounter a similar scam, do not rush to make reckless actions, but closely look for hints which would reveal the true nature of the phenomenon.

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To remove “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam, follow these steps:

Eliminate “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam from Windows systems

To eliminate You have a ZEUS scam, run thru all your programs and eliminate the suspicious ones.

To remove “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  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 entries related to “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam (or any other recently installed 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.

Uninstall “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam-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 “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam, 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 related to “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  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 “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam 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 “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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 “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam 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 plugins that are related to “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  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

In case “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam did not get removed after following the instructions above, 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 – this should complete “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam from Google Chrome

To fix Chrome browser, you need to reset it. This procedure will also help you eliminate malicious browser add-ons.

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 “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam-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 to complete “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to “You Have A ZEUS Virus” Tech support scam 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. TorusB says:
    November 23rd, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for the warning.

  2. MandyWane8 says:
    November 23rd, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Zeus virus is already ancient history…

  3. hackinghacker007 says:
    November 23rd, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Too bad it didnt work…Its too ordinary already.

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