We want to inform you about a newly released fake alert that got the name of Fake Windows Defender Alert: Zeus Virus. This fake alert says that your PC has been infected with a virus. However, ironically, this message itself is malicious and it outright lies about your PC being infected. Therefore, you should remove this alert from your PC so that it could not nag you. The main purpose of this fake alert is to promote a certain tech support phone number that can charge you money for the call even though the alert says that the call is toll-free. The fact of the matter is that the tech support phone number is a scam that is set to make money for the people that set it up. We have more information on this new scam below, so if you see a message claiming that your PC has been infected by Zeus Virus, then rest assured that you got this exact fake alert.
Before we go any further, we think it is important to discuss the possible distribution methods of this alert. It is likely that your computer can become infected with Fake Windows Defender Alert: Zeus Virus as a result of installing a malicious software bundle. The Internet is full of these kinds of bundles that have one primary application that acts as the bait only to install additional software such as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs,) adware, bad toolbars, browser hijackers, and, in this particular case, fake security alerts. This fake alert may be injected into your web browser secretly as the bundles are unlikely to allow you to deselect its installation. Apart from being disseminated through malicious bundles, Fake Windows Defender Alert: Zeus Virus can also be distributed in other ways. We believe that this alert can also infect your PC as a result of you accidentally clicking a malicious link that initializes the download of this alert. These links can be pop-ups that appear when visiting shady websites and if you click them, then the alert can be transferred onto your browser.
Fake Windows Defender Alert: Zeus Virus is a typical scam that is similar to 024-7718-0138 Support, '1-844-275-0979' Pop-Up, Win0rr02x012417ml.club, and many others. Most of them present the victims with the narrative that their computer has been infected with malware or that the PC has encountered a critical error and that you need the help of a professional tech support expert to resolve it. Fake Windows Defender Alert: Zeus Virus is set to open as a pop-up page at random while you browse the web and will do that repeatedly regardless of what you do, apart from actually getting rid of it. This alert can open in full screen mode, so you need to press ESC or F11 on your keyboard to exit the full screen. Alternatively, you can close the browser after pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del, accessing Task Manager and terminating the browser’s process.
Fake Windows Defender Alert: Zeus Virus is hosted on http://547566458877948786467.win, but the good news is that it does not work now. Nevertheless, it can come back online or set up on a different domain. The pop-up will also render a dialog box that asks you to enter a user name and password. Apparently, the scammers want you to call (88) 359-4379 to get hold of tech support experts so that they can help you with your alleged malware attack. The alert says that the call is toll free but you may have to pay for the consultation “services.”
In closing, Fake Windows Defender Alert: Zeus Virus is just a plain tech support scam that will nag you constantly if you do nothing about it. Its creators want to trick you into calling the provided phone number so that the fake technicians could sweet talk you into purchasing their services. Therefore, you ought to remove this alert as soon as you can. We think that resetting the browser to its default settings should do the trick. Please see the guide below for more information.
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