Error #268D3 is not a virus but a type of browser hijacker. Usually, browser hijackers are not malicious programs and display advertisements or fake messages on the browser with information about malware or viruses infecting the computer or device. It needs to be removed once found out in the system.
Error #268D3 is a scam created by hackers and not related to Microsoft or Windows OS support. It may prompt a message that contains a warning that the computer is infected by malware and instructions are given to fix the problem. This program is designed in a way where it can penetrate into the browsers. Error#268D3 may appear in different forms like a search toolbar. This type of Browser Hijacker is able to track the browsing patterns and search history. It will be able to record the preferences of the unsuspecting user and this information will be sent to the hacker and he will be able to generate ads that will be designed accordingly.
The information gathered from the user’s computer may be sold to a third party for advertisement schemes. The pop-ups usually look legitimate and genuine and it may appear as banners or advertisements or as a separate window that includes special coupons and deals of the user’s typical preference or likes based on his browsing activity. Once the user or individual clicks the ads or links, a download of a freeware program will be prompted and it is usually malicious and will only bring harm to the computer once it is downloaded and installed in the computer or device.
Error #268D3 includes a contact number or a hotline that proves that it is indeed a warning from a legitimate source. Once the unsuspecting victim calls this number for support, instead of giving a solution to the problem, the hackers will give an option to buy fake programs. In other cases, a fake technician will give an option to access the computer and once given an access he will be able to gather information and use it for cybercriminal purposes.
Error #268D3 is a type of Browser Hijacker that are particularly aggressive and contains messages that are intrusive. It may be hard to get rid of and it may also cause the slowing of the computer’s processes or function, as this program is running secretly without the knowledge of the unsuspecting victim.
What causes Error#268D3?
This type of Browser Hijacker can be delivered in different ways. It can come from an illegal program download. Cybercriminals usually incorporate this software together with the free programs and create a bundle that will be downloaded together. The unsuspecting user might believe it is a legitimate source and then download and install its contents and it may go unnoticed by the user himself. Always exercise caution when installing programs, choose custom installation, in this process the list of files will be provided. Make sure to check the files and if there are suspicious files remove them immediately.
Error#268D3 can also be delivered when it is included in malware software. The files are usually coming from legitimate sites and then uploaded by the hackers in different portals or file-sharing networks that usually offer free downloads.
It can also be delivered thru web scripts or redirects to malicious websites. The users can accidentally navigate in the malware infected pages when interacting with banners and ads that were placed by cybercriminals with the intention of their criminal purposes.
It can also be infected thru spam email messages and it can be distributed thru pop-ups or hyperlinks which pose as a legit site of the users’ usual interest. It can be disguised as web services that offer legitimate instructions.
Error #268D3 can also be included as a part of browser hijacker programs. The extensions will be available from a seemingly legitimate developer which includes fake reviews. As soon as the malware is downloaded and installed, the unsuspecting victim’s computer or device will be infected.
How to prevent and remove Error #268D3?
Once Error #268D3 is detected in the computer, the user must keep in mind not to click any link or call the contact number included in the warning message. The ads or warning message is only generated by the Browser Hijacker to trick unsuspecting users to download or buy the malicious software program they will be offering. Uninstalling this program is the only way to get rid of it from the computer or device infected.
The user must only download software programs from legitimate sources and always check the files before installing them. Downloading software from third-party sites have the possibility of being already modified by the cybercriminals and it will be bundled with adware, malware, or viruses.
The user can install Microsoft Edge; this browser will be able to block scam sites with the help of the Windows Defender SmartScreen.
When infected by error #268D3, follow these steps to remove it completely.
- Remove all suspicious programs. The user must uninstall all the malicious apps and programs that have been recently installed in the computer or device.
- Download trusted software, usually an adware cleaner that will scan for malicious programs that cause the problem. Install the software and perform a full scan of the affected computer, once done restart the computer and then check if the problem is still present.
- Scan the computer or device using a high-quality security software or antivirus program for the undetected malware or virus.
- Reset the default browser settings as it was affected by a type of browser hijacker. By doing this step, it will be able to remove all the changes that have been performed by the malware on the browser.
- Delete all the temporary files that are currently present on the computer or device and restart it.
Error #268D3 is a scam and the unsuspecting user must never click on the link and never call the number written on the warning message it comes with. Always be vigilant and use common sense whenever browsing the internet to prevent these types of problems to occur on your computer or device.