Recently I have experienced a hard time. I keep getting pop-ups about windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202. It says my computer has viruses. A repeating voice asks me to call a phone number. There are many notifications about system and software updates. It never happened before. Where did they come from? Is it real that my computer is infected with viruses? How can I fix this? I know little about computer or virus removal. Please help me. Thank you in advance.
Windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202 is the deceptive alert that tricks you into believing that your computer is infected with viruses. It is trying to promote the fake tech support company. If you see windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202 on your computer, it is real that your computer is infected with malware. However, the real malware is the program behind this pop-up error. In fact, the error and viruses it mentions do not exist at all. This malware attacks various browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox. It hijacks your homepage and redirects you to fake alerts page. You hardly can open a new page. A phone number is provided telling that you will get assistance to fix the computer from tech support company. If you contact them, they will try to persuade you purchase useless software. They may lie that they are Microsoft or Norton’s partner so as to achieve your trust. Do not trust them and send money to power the criminals. You should ignore the fake windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202 and remove the malware behind it.
If you are the victim of the fake windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202, you might install the malware by yourself or it sneaked into your system without your knowledge. When you browsed the Internet, pop-up ad might provide information about computer protection. Once you clicked on it, it recommended malicious software to you and made you believe that it was a piece of useful software. Somehow, you just installed thinking that it would help you protect your computer and remove virus. In other case, the malware was installed along with ad-supported software as a plug-in. The criminals bundle malware with the third party programs. If you download suspicious software, the malware has the chance to access your system. To protect your computer, do not trust pop-up ads and install free software or shareware from unknown websites.
Once the malware access your system, it pretends to scan your system without your approval and displays fake windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202. It just takes the fear as the weapon to defeat you. When you run the browser, the error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202 takes over the homepage. It says that your computer may have a virus and vital error occurs. After it makes you feel worried, it pretends to provide kindly help. It tells that you can call 844-373-0540 for immediate help. At the same time, you will hear a voice asking you to call the free toll on the websites. There is no an option like “X” to close this page. When your computer is connected to the network, you can see notifications about computer security or update now and then. Sometimes, a pop-up windows says, “Outdated Java Plugin Detected”. To continue your browsing, you have to download JAVA to update. Do not take this kind of alert and notification from unknown websites serious. Do not call the number or click on the link to update. If you call, they will trick you into purchasing unnecessary service or useless software. They are not going to remove the virus. They may just withdraw the fake alerts after you give them money. After a period of time, they will play the same trick to scam you. If you click on the link to update, you may download serious computer threat from it. Luckily, you can get rid of fake windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202 completely by removing the malware manually.
Removing the fake windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202 seems to be difficult for ordinary computer users, even those famous antivirus programs cannot do that successfully. Hence, manual removal can ensure that the stubborn virus will be gone completely. As mentioned above, manual removal needs professional knowledge, because the lack of experience may cause errors resulting in some other unpredictable problems. The following guide provides a general concept of the removal. You may not be able to find out some certain files for the virus can be changed. If you fear the loss of important data, please consider making a backup before starting the removal.
1. Restart the Infected Computer into Safe Mode with Networking
(* Usually the malware will be temporarily disabled in Safe Mode which will provide users a chance to get this problem fixed. If you are still getting the virus popup in safe mode with networking, please try safe mode with command prompt instead.)
Restart your computer, immediately, quickly and repeatedly hit F8 key before the Windows start-up screen shows. Select “Safe Mode with Networking”, and then press Enter key.
2. Stop the Processes Related to the fake windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202 in Windows Task Manager
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together and end the virus processes in the Processes tab of Windows Task Manager.
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Press Win+R to get Run window
(2). Type Control Panel in the Run window and hit enter to get Control Panel
(3). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on View tab in Folder Options window
(5). Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders tab
(6). Click Apply to take effect, then click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
4. Delete Virus Files
(1). Using Registry Editor to delete or adjust all the related registry entries of fake windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202.
*Guides to open Registry Editor:
Press Win+R key together to get the Run box, type in ‘regedit’ then click OK, Registry Editor window will pop up
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this fake Antivirus
In a word, the windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202 is fake and it supported by a malicious virus. It is a tool used by the cyber criminals to grab your hard-earned money. Do not understate this malware though it will not damage or block your system in a short time. Though it works slow, it is harmful to your system. It can slow down your browser and the affect the performance of your computer badly. Virus, Trojan and other computer threat may be installed in any minute with the help of remote hackers. What’s worse, it supports the third party programs on your computer and steals your confidential information to earn quick money. We can’t image how horrible it will be if they grab all of your money with the confidential information. Hence, take action right now. Remove the fake windows defender error code 0x80073afd / 0x80040202 out of your system immediately.
Published by David MicKinney & last updated on August 26, 2016 7:51 am