[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ince security is tight nowadays, cybercriminals are using a scarring or emotional pop-up technique to trick users into installing their apps. The same thing happens in the case of Four Virus. In this article, we have discussed everything about Four Virus scams.
How To Fix “Your System Is Heavily Damaged by (4) Virus” Error
Well, if you have been using the internet for a while, then you might know about the malware and viruses. Malware comes in different shapes and sizes. Scammers and cyber criminals are always looking for ways to trap innocents. To detect and stop scamming activities, security software exists for the mobile and desktop operating system.
Since security is tight nowadays, cybercriminals are using a scarring or emotional pop-up technique to trick users into installing their apps. Not only that, but scammers nowadays are asking users for payment in exchange for non-existent virus removal.
The same thing happens in the case of Four Virus. It’s a browser hijacker that convinces users into believing that their system is heavily damaged and redirects to other security tools like PCSmartCleanup. Let’s explore more about Four Virus and what it does.
What is Four Virus?
Four Virus is a browser hijacker or you can say an online scan that shows up on the web browser. The Four Virus itself appears as a security alert which tricks users into believing that viruses heavily damaged their system. The existence of Four Virus is seen on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, etc.
Now you all might be wondering how it enters the system? Well, it’s a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that enters your computer and smartphone while downloading software from untrusted sites. Some software developers choose to bunder their software with a browser hijacker to display ads.
Once hijacked, the PUP or ad-supported app starts browser redirects to sites that shows alerts like:
“Your system is heavily damaged by (4) virus!”
“Your system is heavily damaged by Four virus!”
What’s worst is that it also includes the model of the device which you are holding. For example, it might show you alerts like
Your Samsung Galaxy was damaged by Four Virus
Your iPhone was infected by (4) virus!
If a user clicks on those alerts, the scam alert further tells users to take immediate actions to remove those viruses and then it asks users to install suspicious security apps.
So, if your web browser is also redirecting you to the ‘Your System is heavily damaged by (4) virus!” sites, then you need to remove the PUP or adware program. Follow some of the simple methods given below to remove 4 virus scam.
How To Remove Four Virus From Computer & Smartphone?
#1 On Computer
Well, to remove Four Virus Scam alerts from your computer, you need to use anti-malware and anti-adware tools. You can use Malwarebytes or Spyhunter to get rid of Four Virus alerts. Using Spyhunter and Malwarebytes is easy; users just need to install and scan their computer to remove the virus.
After removing the malware, users need to remove the adware and PUPs from the system. To remove Adware and PUPs, download ADWcleaner and scan your computer. ADWcleaner will most probably scan and remove all adware and potentially unwanted programs from your PC.
Users can also remove Four Virus manually through the Control Panel. However, this process takes much time to complete because users need to search for the potentially harmful software on the control panel.
- First of all, open Control Panel
- Click on Programs, and then search for the Four virus or similar looking software
- Once found, right click and select ‘Uninstall’
Since Four Virus is a browser hijacker, users also need to check the browser extension. So, follow some of the simple steps given below to remove Four Virus from a Web browser.
- Open Google Chrome. Click on the three dots and select Settings.
- Now click on Extension and search for suspicious looking extensions
- If you find any suspicious extension, remove it, and restart the browser.
#2 On Android
Removing Four Virus alert messages on Android is easy, users just need to open the Apps section. On the Apps, search for the ‘Locate Four Virus’ Entry. If you spot any similar entry related to Four Virus, then tap on it and select ‘Uninstall’.
Once done, head to the Settings > Apps. On the Apps, tap on the web browser and then tap on ‘Force Stop’. Once stopped, tap on ‘Clear Data’ and ‘Clear Cache’. Once done, open the web browser again and you will no longer get the ‘Four Virus’ alerts.
If the web browser is still showing the “Your system is heavily damaged by (4) virus!” message, then you need to Download & Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Once installed, open the app and tap on ‘Scan Now’. The process might take a few minutes to complete. Once completed, restart your Android device to fix the Four virus alerts.
So, this is all about Four Virus scam and what it does. If you know any other method to get rid of (4) Virus alerts, let us know in the comment box below.