Do you know what 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups are?
If you have been introduced to 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups, you must have visited a malicious scam website. In the past, professionalizing.space was used to deliver the pop-ups with the misleading security message inside, but at the time of research, this website was already down. Hopefully, it stays that way. Unfortunately, that is not something that can stop schemers. All they need to do is set up a new scam website, and they can even use the same methods to expose unsuspecting web browsing users to it. In this report, we explain what you need to watch out for when browsing the web and what to do if you are exposed to a scam website. We also discuss how to remove 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups web components and the related software that could be pushed upon you.
It is very easy to identify 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups because “** System Warning Alert **” is literally the first statement you see when you face them. It is possible that different versions of these misleading pop-ups could exist, but the one we discovered instructed to call +1-888-696-4599. Any message or pop-up that instructs to call this number must be ignored because there is no doubt that it belongs to schemers. According to the message represented by 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups, if you do not call the number, access to your entire computer would be disabled due to the “pornographic spyware and virus” that, allegedly, has invaded your operating system. The message proceeds to inform that Facebook logins, credit card information, email accounts, and personal files are at risk, and this is meant to convince you that you are in trouble. In reality, you would be in trouble only if you called +1-888-696-4599. Ignore these pop-ups!
Fake helpline scams are very popular among schemers. In many cases, they pretend to represent Microsoft, security companies, security tool vendors, etc. They can even use familiar logos, intimidating messages, and set up confusing websites (the URL could look familiar) to trick people. A few other scams we could mention include ERROR # MS-SYSINFO32 Pop-Up or WARNING! 41 threats found!!! Pop-Up, but there are tons of them. If you are tricked into calling the fake helpline number represented via 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups, you could expose yourself to schemers via phone. They could ask personal details – such as your full name, credit card number, and so on – to, allegedly, identify you. They also could make you visit unreliable websites, give remote access to your system, pay money for services, or even download fake security programs. These programs, undoubtedly, would be completely bogus and worthless, but you could be tricked into paying money for they supposedly amazing services.
Hopefully, you have not been tricked by 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups. If you have, in the future you need to check the URL of the website, via which a security warning is delivered. You also need to pay attention to the wording of the message, cross-check the helpline number included in it, and scan your system with a trusted malware scanner to determine whether or not real threats exist first. If you have been scammed, you need to take care of your personal data and your system’s security. For example, if you have disclosed your credit card data, call your bank to help you protect your accounts. If you have downloaded anything, perform removal immediately. The guide below shows how to clear browsing data to delete 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups web components, and it also shows how to uninstall applications. This will not work if real malware got in. Due to this, we recommend installing anti-malware software right away.
Remove 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups
- Open the browser (IE, Chrome, Firefox) and tap Ctrl+Shift+Delete keys.
- Select a time range (Chrome and Firefox) and select boxes (all browsers).
- Click Delete (IE), Clear data (Chrome), or Clear Now (Firefox).
- Open the Start menu from the Taskbar and click Control Panel (enter into search if you cannot find it).
- Go to Programs and then click Uninstall a program.
- Uninstall all recently downloaded programs that you are not familiar with or can identify as malware.
- Install a trusted malware scanner to inspect your system for hidden threats or leftovers.
In non-techie terms:
If you do not want to be scammed, you have to be careful about all security warnings that might come your way. If you have a legitimate and trusted security tool installed, you must not ignore security warnings. However, if you come across warnings online, such as the 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups, you must not pay attention to them. If you do, you could be tricked into calling schemers, downloading malware, paying for bogus malware removal services, and disclosing sensitive data that could be used in scams later on. If you do not know if you need to delete 'System Warning Alert' Pop-Ups-related malware from your system, scan it with a trusted malware scanner. Install a legitimate anti-malware tool for automated removal and full-time system protection. Also, do not forget to clear browsing data to eliminate scam website elements.