What is Digitalprivacyalert.org scam? And how does it work?
Digitalprivacyalert.org scam that is currently bombarding a lot of users. This fake alert appears on malicious domains and pops out of nowhere alerting users that their browsing is being track by Google in order to collect personal data. And so to prevent this data gathering by Google, users supposedly have to click on the “STOP NOW” button. When you get redirected to one of the malicious domains hosting the Digitalprivacyalert.org scam, you will see the following alert on your screen:
“Stop Google from Tracking Your Searchers:
Google tracks your searches and likely has a large amount of personal data about you. This sensitive information is tied together to create a detailed profile about your online activities.
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If you are one of the users who encounter such bogus alert, you must not believe its deceiving message for you could end up answering an online survey that may ask you for your personal information. It could also ask you to install an unknown and suspicious software that may potentially harm your computer.
Some users who keep seeing the Digitalprivacyalert.org scam reported that when they try to click outside of the pop-up window or on another window it does not close the pop-up at all and stays visible on top of all the windows. It can get irritating to the point where it you can no longer use some keyboard functions as this pop-up is apparently capable of blocking keyboard functions, thus, restricting your browsing activities. A user also reported that he wasn’t able to type properly in the address bar and when tried getting rid of it in the Task Manager, failed to do so. And even if you somehow managed to get rid of the pop-up that does not mean that it won’t appear again. Therefore, you need to get rid of the adware or potentially unwanted program installed in your computer that’s been causing this pop-up’s appearance.
How does Digitalprivacyalert.org scam travel the web?
Just like other scam alerts, this one is displayed on malicious domains and you can redirect into one when you click on some ads you see online. However, if you keep seeing this alert more often than not, then an adware is most likely installed in your computer and is the one that’s been causing this fake alert to appear from time to time. Therefore, for you to completely remove the Digitalprivacyalert.org scam, you need to remove the ad-supported program behind it as well.
You can remove the Digitalprivacyalert.org scam by following each one of the removal steps provided below as well as the advanced removal guide that follows.
Step 1: The first thing you have to do is close the tab or the browser displaying the Digitalprivacyalert.org scam. However, if your browser is forced to go into full screen mode because of the fake alert, tap F11 in your keyboard to exit full screen mode.
Step 2: After that, try to close the browser manually. If you find it hard to do so, close the browser through the Task Manager.
Step 3: Tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Task Manager.
Step 4: After opening the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for the affected browser’s process and end it by clicking End task or End Process.
Step 5: Close the Task Manager and reset all the affected browsers to default.
- Open Google Chrome, then tap the Alt + F keys.
- After that, click on Settings.
- Next, scroll down until you see the Advanced option, once you see it, click on it.
- After clicking the Advanced option, go to the “Restore and clean up option and click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” option to reset Google Chrome.
- Now restart Google Chrome.
- Open Mozilla Firefox and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
- Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
- Select Options and then move to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section and then restart the browser.
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Next, click the wrench icon for Settings.
- Then click Internet Options.
- After that, go to the Advanced tab.
- From there, click the Reset button. This will reset Internet Explorer’s settings to their default condition.
- Now click OK to save the changes made.
- Restart your computer.
Step 6: Tap the Win + R keys to open Run and then type in “appwiz.cpl” to open Programs and Features in Control Panel.
Step 7: From there, look for the adware program or any unfamiliar program that could be related to the Digitalprivacyalert.org scam under the list of installed programs and once you’ve found it, uninstall it.
Step 8: Close the Control Panel and tap the Win + E keys to open File Explorer.
Step 9: Navigate to the following directories and look for the adware installer like the software bundle it came with as well as other suspicious files and delete them.
Step 10: Edit your Hosts File.
- Tap the Win + R keys to open then type in %WinDir% and then click OK.
- Go to System32/drivers/etc.
- Open the hosts file using Notepad.
- Delete all the entries of any suspicious web URL like Digitalprivacyalert.org.
- After that, save the changes you’ve made and close the file.
Step 11: Now you have to flush the DNS cache of your computer. To do so, right click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (administrator). From there, type the “ipconfig /flushdns” command and hit Enter to flush the DNS.
Step 12: Close the File Explorer and empty your Recycle Bin.
To make sure that you’ve completely gotten rid of Digitalprivacyalert.org scam as well as the adware program behind it, you need to use an efficient program like [product-name]. To use it, follow the advanced steps below:
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.