Do you know what Possible Suspicious Activity is?
If you see the Possible Suspicious Activity notification on your screen, the chances are high that you have opened an untrustworthy domain, have been redirected to it from another page, or malware opens it automatically because the warning you see is nothing more than a scam. Such scams are created by cyber criminals seeking to scare users into dialing the promoted telephone number. If they are convinced that there are problems they need to fix and make a call, cyber criminals have a chance to sell useless software or gain access to their computers. Do not be one of these users. Instead, go to find out why the Possible Suspicious Activity alert is displayed on your screen. If you see it periodically, you might have an advertising-supported application (adware) installed on your computer. Of course, in some cases, it might be enough to stop visiting suspicious domains in order not to see it on the screen again, but, as our researchers’ experience shows, the majority of users exposed to scams have some kind of untrustworthy application active on their PCs. As mentioned above, it is very likely that it is an adware program, but a potentially unwanted application or a malicious browser extension might be responsible for showing Possible Suspicious Activity fake alerts too.
The only purpose of the Possible Suspicious Activity scam is to convince users that security-related problems have occurred. Specifically speaking, it will try to convince you that malware has been detected and it can steal credit card details, logins, photos stored on the computer, and more. Of course, these are all lies. This scam only wants you to call +1-888-448-5333 (a different telephone number might be used too). Users are told that engineers will walk them “through the removal process over the phone,” but it is not true because you do not have malware indicated in the alert you see on your PC. It is more likely that they will try to sell you expensive software you do not even need, or try to gain access to your computer so that they could then access personal details or install malware on it without your knowledge. Finally, they might tell you that you must provide your name, surname, email, and other personal information to receive the help needed. Do not provide any information about yourself willingly because it might be later sold expensively in the black market. You should not even bother dialing the telephone number the Possible Suspicious Activity alert contains because, as you already know, it is completely fabricated.
If the Possible Suspicious Activity fake alert was shown on your screen only once, most likely, you have ended up on an untrustworthy domain. Unfortunately, it is a more serious situation if you see it periodically because this suggests that there is active malware on your computer. It should be an advertising-supported application (adware). Users tend to download and install these applications on their computers by mistake, but, of course, they might enter their systems without permission as well. It has been observed that such untrustworthy programs like adware usually arrive on users’ PCs in software bundles, which is why ordinary users often do not even notice how this happens. The Possible Suspicious Activity fake alert will not disappear from your screen until you detect and erase that program from your computer, so take action immediately after you finish reading this article.
Closing the web browser to dismiss the Possible Suspicious Activity fake alert does not always help. If malware is responsible for opening it on your screen, you will eliminate this disturbing warning only by deleting it from your system completely. Unfortunately, we do not know what kind of malicious application is responsible for showing these alerts, so you will have to find and delete it yourself. First, check Control Panel and delete all suspicious programs you find. Then, reset your browser to default to remove malicious extensions. Alternatively, you can use an automated malware remover – it will delete all bad software and active malicious components in no time. If you ask us, the latter is the method you should adopt.
How to delete the Possible Suspicious Activity scam
Remove untrustworthy software
- Click Start.
- Click Control Panel.
- Open Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the untrustworthy program.
- Click Remove.
- Press Win+R simultaneously.
- Type Control Panel in the box and press Enter.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Select suspicious software.
- Click Uninstall.
Reset web browsers to default
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Press Alt+T simultaneously and click Internet Options.
- Click Advanced.
- Click Reset.
- Put a tick in the Delete personal settings box.
- Click Reset.
- Start Mozilla Firefox.
- Press Alt+F.
- Select Troubleshooting information from the browser’s menu.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- In the confirmation box, click Refresh Firefox again.
- Launch Google Chrome and press Alt+F simultaneously.
- Open Settings.
- Click Advanced.
- Click Restore settings to their original defaults.
- Click Reset in the confirmation box.
In non-techie terms:
If the disturbing Possible Suspicious Activity warning has appeared on your screen out of the blue, you should ignore it completely because it is fabricated. The only purpose of such fake warnings is to scare users into dialing the telephone number they promote. Do not worry; malware the fake warning tells you about does not exist on your computer, so there is no point in contacting “certified technicians” either. Your only task is to find and delete malware from the system to eliminate the fake alert once and for all. Keep in mind that closing the web browser is all users need to do in some cases.