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Remove the Virus found! Fake Scanner Scam

The “Virus found!” fake scanner is a web browser advertisement that states that viruses are found and that should click Continue to perform a scan of the computer. When you click continue, it pretends to scan your computer and then prompts you to download a potentially unwanted system optimizing program to your computer. This page is simply an advertisement, has no idea what is running on your computer, and you should not download and install anything it promotes.

When the Virus found! page is displayed in your browser it will display an alert that contains text similar to the following:

Windows is infected with viruses and other harmful applications.
Viruses must be removed and system damage should be repaired.

It is necessary to perform virus removal immediately, please go ahead.

** When you leave thie page your Windows remains damaged and vulnerable **

If you click OK on the above alert, it will display a page prompting you to scan your computer.

Your system is infected with (3) viruses!
Your Windows is infected with (3) viruses. This pre-scan has found traces of (2) malware and (1) phishing / spyware software.

Removing the (3) viruses is urgently required to prevent further system damage, loss of apps, photos and other data. Traces of (1) phishing / spyware were found on your Windows computer.
Therefore personal and bank information are at risk and might be stolen by cyber criminals.

1 minutes and 56 seconds remaining before permanent damage is done. Click on CONTINUE to do a full scan and get immediate help.


After this fake scan, it will state that the computer is infected and then prompt you to download system optimizer potentially unwanted program.

After this Furthermore, if you are constantly seeing these types of pages or they are opening by themselves, then it may be possible that you are infected with an adware or other unwanted program that are displaying them. Once again, do not worry as it is quite easy to remove these infections if you follow the guide below.

Why am I Seeing the Virus found! Page?

The Virus found! page is shown through advertisements that redirect you to sites that display this alert. These advertisements can be displayed by installed adware programs or through less than reputable sites that are displaying them to generate advertising revenue.

For the most part, if you see a web page, then you can simply close the browser and start it again. On the other hand, if you are continuously seeing scams with alerts like “Virus found!”, then you should scan your computer for adware and remove anything that is found.

Your computer should now be free of the Virus found! Fake Scanner Scam program. If your current security solution allowed this program on your computer, you may want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.

If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below: