Can’t Remove Windows Security: Microsoft Edge pop-ups?
If you see the “Windows Security: Microsoft Edge” alert, don’t panic. It’s fake! It is a part of a new online scheme. The crooks play with your fears. They want to lure you into unwanted actions. Do not follow their instructions. Do not call “tech support” centers and do not enter your password into odd pop-ups. You should close the pop-up messages and exit the malicious website. If you cannot do so, use your Task Manager to close your browser. Start a new browsing session and pay close attention to your browser. If the fake “Windows Security: Microsoft Edge” reappears, scan your system for malware. This annoying browser redirection is usually caused by PUP-s (Potentially Unwanted Program). The PUP is an app or browser extension which has functions. It could be anything. From a toolbar to a video converter, anything works as long as it gives the user a reason to keep it installed. Once the PUP calls your browser “home,” it reveals its true nature. The parasite takes control of your web browser and initiates an aggressive ad-bombardment. The PUP displays adverts and gets paid when you click on them. Thus, it floods you with coupons and discounts. If you refuse to click, it changes its strategy. The parasite starts browser redirection. It loads sponsored websites in new tabs and windows. That’s the tricky part. The consorted websites are often corrupted. Scams like the “Windows Security: Microsoft Edge” one are often run through PUP parasites. This one did not fool you. Yet, with a parasite on board, there will be a next time. Do not test your luck! Clean your system ASAP!
How did I get infected with?
The “Windows Security: Microsoft Edge” alerts appear courtesy to a PUP. The question is: how did the parasite enter your OS. Well, the answer is quite simple. You installed it. Either intentionally or unintentionally, you let the parasite on board. The PUP is a simple approbation. It needs your, the user’s, approval to get installed. No permission, no admission. If you, however, act recklessly, you are very likely to approve the installation. The PUP hides in software bundles, fake updates, and torrents. It lurks in the shadows and waits for you to make a mistake. Do not make its job easier. Pay close attention to the fine print. When available, use the advanced/custom setup option. Most of the apps we download off the web come bundled with bonus programs. The extras, more often than not, are parasites like the PUP. You can prevent the unwanted apps from installing only under the advanced installation. Make sure you know what you install. Deselect all suspicious apps. Read the terms and conditions before you agree to them. You can, of course, speed up this step by using an online EULA analyzer. Abort the installation if you detect anything suspicious.
Why are these ads dangerous?
The “Windows Security: Microsoft Edge” alerts may not seem legitimate to you, but to someone else, they might cause serious trouble. The scheme is designed to lure people into contacting the crooks. Don’t do it! You will get in touch with criminals. The crooks are master deceivers. They know how to trick you into unwanted actions. They might lure you into subscribing into overpraised services, or they might convince you to install rogue software. The crooks target your wallet and your personal information. These criminals use tricks to lure you into disclosing sentient information. Do not play games with them. You cannot win. The “Windows Security: Microsoft Edge” scam did not trap you. If you, however, have a parasite on board, you might not be that lucky the next time. Do not risk it. Make sure that your system is parasite-free.
How Can I Remove Windows Security: Microsoft Edge Pop-ups?
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.
STEP 1 : Uninstall unknown programs from Your Computer
Simultaneously press the Windows Logo Button and then “R” to open the Run Command
Locate the any unknown program and click on uninstall/change. To facilitate the search you can sort the programs by date. review the most recent installed programs first. In general you should remove all unknown programs.
STEP 2 : Remove add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox or IE
Remove from Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools—> Extensions
- Remove any unknown extension by clicking on the little recycle bin
- If you are not able to delete the extension then navigate to C:\Users\”computer name“\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\and review the folders one by one.
- Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind
- If you are using the latest chrome version you need to do the following
- go to settings – Add person
- choose a preferred name.
- then go back and remove person 1
- Chrome should be malware free now
Remove from Mozilla Firefox
- Open Firefox
- Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
- Disable and remove any unknown add on
- Open the Firefox’s Help Menu
- Then Troubleshoot information
- Click on Reset Firefox
Remove from Internet Explorer
- Open IE
- On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
- Go to Toolbars and Extensions
- Disable any suspicious extension.
- If the disable button is gray, you need to go to your Windows Registry and delete the corresponding CLSID
- On the Upper Right Corner of Internet Explorer Click on the Gear Icon.
- Click on Internet options
- Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset.
- Check the “Delete Personal Settings Tab” and then Reset
- Close IE
Permanently Remove Windows Security: Microsoft Edge Leftovers
To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify any registry leftovers or temporary files.