Hi there. I have a Dell laptop and it is infected with Liam. x virus which takes over my browser and displays tons of ads whenever I try to get online. It gives Microsoft’s phone number to ring and get support. Earlier today I called the number and the woman on the other end said she could remove it for £150, at which point it became obvious it was a scam. No way. Has anyone else had this problem – or heard of it? I really need this virus gone. Please help. Thanks in advance
Liam.x Virus comes bundled with adware or Trojan that can appear on random computers without user’s assent. It aims at attacking both Apple computers and Windows computers. The virus hijacks all kinds of web browser including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari and displays fraudulent ads to trick innocent computer users and then extort their money through phone scam. Pop-ups from Liam.x are not safe as they often claim to be from Microsoft telling users that their computers are infected and urging them to call a toll free number for assistance. In fact, the pop up has nothing to do with Microsoft. This is just one of the tech support scams. If you really call the number, you will find out that the ‘tech’ on the other end is with a heavy foreign accent claiming to be a Microsoft representative and ask he will need you to pay a large amount of money in order to get your computer fixed.
The effects of Liam.x Virus on the browser are very obvious, pop-up ads, coupons, and other online offers will appear once you start surfing the web. You may even notice that the computer is unusually slow, crashes, or stops responding frequently. Additionally, your web browser’s home page is changed unexpectedly, and you cannot restore the home page at all. Constant and unexpected pop-up windows keep interrupt your browsing activities. Just stay away from Liam.x pop-up virus and don’t call the fake Microsoft Support number under any circumstances. The guy needs your money and says they can fix your computer remotely. But what they really do on your computer is to and then access to trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software. Bear in mind that real Microsoft Tech won’t request credit card information like this way. Liam.x Virus is designed to bill you for phony services and it can create many problems on your machine, therefore you have to delete it without any delay.
1. It can compromise your system and may introduce additional infections like rogue software.
2. It forces you to visit websites and advertisements which are not trusted and may lead you to pay money wrongly for worthless products.
3. It takes up high resources and strikingly slows down your computer speed and even causes your computer stuck frequently.
4. It may allow cyber criminals to track your computer and steal your personal information.
From malicious drive-by-download scripts from corrupted porn and shareware / freeware websites.
Through spam email attachments, media downloads and social networks.
When clicking suspicious pop-ups or malicious links.
Open unknown email or download media files that contain the activation code of the virus.
Currently many computer users had the same experience that this virus couldn’t be removed by any anti-virus applications. So the manual approach is always required to combat this virus. And here is the step-by-step removal guide for all computer users.
1. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Liam.x Virus is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
2. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press Windows key + R to open Run box. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
Then a Registry Editor window will pop up as the following picture shows:
b. Search malicious files and registry entries and then remove all of them:
If Liam.x Virus is installed your computer, all the log-in credentials, online transaction data, banking data and more stored data on hard-drives or browsers can be the targets of the hackers who designed the virus. Generally speaking, the virus usually comes along with freeware downloaded from the Internet or attached with spam emails. It modifies startup items and your browser settings as soon as it is downloaded and then it starts hijacking your web browser and redirects you to a fake Microsoft page claiming your PC is seriously infected and calling its number can help you get tech support. But in reality, it is just a telephone scam designed to rip you off. In reality, nothing is wrong with your computer beyond having it remotely controlled by a scammer. This type of scam has been running since approximately 2008 and if you really need to protect your PC, the only thing you need to do immediately is to remove Liam.x Virus in a hurry.
Note: If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from Yoocare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on May 22, 2015 1:42 am