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Alert! If you get an error on your Windows PC that looks like the above, DO NOT under any circumstance contact the phone number on that screen. It’s a SCAM to take your money. You will not be able to close the window, it will keep popping up. If you get this error, you’ll need to kill the Internet Explorer processes that have spawned.

Listen to the actual message below:

1. Right click on your Windows Taskbar
2. Click on TASK MANAGER
3. In the TASK MANAGER, click on DETAILS
4. Find all processes called INTERNET EXPLORER
5. Right click each one and choose END TASK

Some of them will not end. Once you find the first one, that was your original I.E. session, it will close all of the others with it.

How to identify “Error #268D3” virus?

If the computer gets infected with “Error #268D3” virus, the user starts to receive intrusive pop-up messages during browsing sessions and experience redirects to Microsoftsupportdesk.com or other rogue websites. “Error #268D3” malware opens suspicious websites that are filled with Microsoft logos, and these websites immediately pop-up a big alert which starts with a line “ ** YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED ** .“ Then it says that the error code is #268D3 and that the user must call tech support number immediately. The message claims that user’s computer is infected with virus and spyware, and user’s passwords, credit card details, and photos are being stolen. This message commands the user to call the number within 5 minutes; otherwise, the computer will be disabled. Do not worry – your computer is not going to be disabled after 5, 10, or more minutes. This way, the adware-type software only tries to intimidate you. If you see this bogus message on your screen, you should ignore it and remove Error #268D3 error virus from your computer without a delay because you are simply dealing with fake tech support scammers, which seek to intimidate you and talk you into calling the number provided. These are fake tech support numbers that you SHOULD NOT CALL:

Listen to the actual message here

  • 855-712-8551;
  • 855-976-9325;
  • 855-466-6491;
  • 1800 213 922

What is the aim of tech support scammers?

“Error #268D3” scammers seek to convince the computer user to call the number, and their primary objective is to convince the PC user to give them access to the computer. Scammers then can place malicious programs on the PC system, such as Trojans, viruses, or worms. Beware, because they might try to spy on you and steal your personal or banking information.

However, some scammers do not seek to get access to victim’s computer, but they aim to talk the victim into buying rogue anti-spyware or anti-malware programs. You should not let frauds fool you, so as soon as you notice ads by “Error #268D3,” you should check the list of programs that were recently installed on your computer system. If you are not an advanced computer user, you can detect “Error #268D3” adware with a help of a well-known and trustworthy anti-malware program like Malware Bytes – You can download it here.

How did Error #268D3 hijack your computer system?

Usually, such potentially unwanted programs (PUP) spread along with other free software, and can be installed without users knowledge. It happens because the statements about the existence of these additions are usually concealed behind Default or Standard installation settings, and the majority of computers users tend to rely on them. To avoid installing optional applications, we recommend you to choose Custom or Advanced option and then drop off all unwanted attachments by deselecting them. Only then you can finish the installation procedure as usual.

We also recommend you to inform your employees or family members how to install software properly and also warn them about tech support scammers.

How to remove Error #268D3 adware from your PC?

You should remove Error #268D3 virus as soon as you can, since this program ruins computer’s performance, generates a never-ending flow of pop-up ads, and attempts to deceive the PC user. Cyber criminals hide themselves behind the name of Microsoft to delude you but remember that Error #268D3 ads are fake, and they have nothing in common with Microsoft company. Microsoft support would never ask you to provide personal information or credit card details via phone. To stop these fake alerts from appearing on your computer screen, you should implement Error #268D3 removal automatically or manually. Choose the method which looks the best for you, and get rid of this adware parasite right away. Download it here.

For instructions on how to remove it manually click Alert Virus Removal.

If both of these fail call me on 1300 136679

 

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