Scareware is a kind of malware which deceives users of the infected system into visiting harmful websites. It may also attempt to dupe the user into installing or buying any malware by sending fake warning and pop-ups.

How To Avoid Scareware Attacks?

Merely having a security software will not be sufficient to protect the device against scareware. The best ways to prevent Scareware infection is to be careful regarding online ads and games. Also, do not download any unknown and suspicious software.

How to locate and remove Spyware infections?

Prerequisite step for Windows

To identify and remove scareware from the system, users need to load the PC in Safe Mode with Networking. After that, they need to sign in to the infected user account. It is doubtful that the malware will start in the Safe Mode.

Windows (General)

Update your antivirus or anti-malware program. After that, conduct a full system scan.
Remove any suspicious or malicious applications and files that are detected.
Conduct a System Restore. Make sure that you do it from the latest restore point in order to fix any possible problems prompted by the scareware.
Windows (Advanced)

Go to Folder Options.
In the Folder Options screen, go to view.
Go to Advanced Settings and locate Show hidden files and folders.
After that, click on OK.
Go to the C drive of the computer.
Locate ProgramData. Click on it to open.
Change the view to details.
Search for any .exe extension file which was last modified when you encountered scareware signs. Do not open such files. Just put them in the Recycle Bin.
Head back to the C drive.
Go to Users.
Open the folder called AppData.
Delete any suspicious files from the folders contained within the AppData.
Reboot the PC and see if the scareware has been removed or not.
MacOS

Turn on your Mac device.
Go to Applications and click on Utilities.
Launch Activity Monitor.
Find the processes which are related to the scareware by going through the entire list.
Select all such processes.
Click on X present at the upper lefthand side of the screen.
In the next prompt, click on Quit.
Eliminate the login bootup process.
Go to Finder on your dock.
Look for the scareware files you wish to delete.
Transfer all the scareware related data to the Trash. After that, empty the Trash.

 

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