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Remove “System Warning” Pop up (Microsoft Support Scam) - Jan 2021 updated

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‘System Warning’ scam alerts still continue alarming Windows OS community

The image illustrating 'System Warning'

‘System Warning’ pop-up is a counterfeited message which tries to persuade gullible netizens that their devices are in need of technical treatment. Contrary to some users’ expectation, the notification is a classic example of tech support scam – popular money extortion and cyber felony technique.

Within the last couple of years, the veneer of scam was greatly improved. Now Microsoft security warning popup 2017 contain may contain new baits to entangle users in their scheme. While Zeus virus remains one of the most popular virus to frighten users, some of the latest scams may alarm netizens that their devices have been infected with Cerber, Locky or NotPetya/Petya infections.

Alarmed by such notorious threats, users may call the supposed Microsoft Support technician whose number is indicated in the ‘Security warning’ alert. It is not a coincidence that usually the technician speaks with the Indian accent. Unfortunately, the majority of PC and browser tech support scams are designed by Indian nationals.

Their only concern is to exert pressure on gullible and less advanced computer users to extort money for the supposed virus removal services. Usually, scam developers only aim to wheedle out money, but some of them might have more destructive ambitions.

There were cases when fraudsters dropped real ransomware after supposedly repairing the device.
Thus, if you noticed ‘System Warning’ message either on your browser or on the system, look for the number or email message. No genuine notifications contain such information.

This type of scam is classified into two types: PC-based and browser-based tech support scams. The latter cases of ‘System Warning’ scam pop-ups are technically ads triggered by adware scripts. These scripts then divert you to the additional new tab which does not let you exit unless you forcefully shut it down via Task Manager.

The image illustrating 'System Warning'

There have been ‘Add the extension to leave the page’ scam variations. Besides the option of adding the extension (which is not recommended), the above discussed Task Manager is the only solution to terminate the infection.

Originally, browser-based ‘System Warning’ scam messages are not considered to be malicious. Nonetheless, they should not be ignored as they might direct you to phishing sites which may wheedle out highly personal information, such as credit card credentials.

A couple of years ago, similar ads have been caught promoting disputable System Protector software. If you encounter similar pop-up alerts, remove ‘System Warning’ tech support scam web scripts. ReimageIntego or Malwarebytes might speed up the process.

While the principle of ‘Your computer is not protected’ alerts remains the same, the veneer of the message is ever-evolving implying that different scammers engage in the distribution of such erroneous Microsoft Help scam alerts.

If you are curious to dial the number, the technician will lead you through the series of unnecessary steps or load you with unnecessary technical information to gain your trust. Some of the crooks even tend to deceive users that the legitimate system files are the corrupted ones. Certainly, due to lack of basic technical knowledge, senior computer users might easily fall into the trap.

After supposedly eliminating the computer threat, ‘System Warning’ tech support developers might charge their victims with the astounding bill. Alternatively, they might offer to purchase a rogue antivirus which costs several hundreds of pounds.

In case this advice is already too little too late, uninstall the purchased program and scan the device and the browser with the acclaimed malware elimination tool. It will also benefit you eliminating ‘System Warning’ pop-up adware.

Tech support prevention

In order to escape the frustrating outcomes of ‘System Warning’ virus on Windows OS, you will need to apply diverse countermeasures. Indeed, a professional malware removal might be of great value especially if it blocks pop-ups and access to insecure sites.

In case, you ignore cyber security warnings and often visit torrent sites or movies streaming domains, be aware that tech support scam scripts tend to await for victims there. PC-based tech support scams occupy the device via outdated questionable media players, file converters or worse – exploit kits.

Keep your security apps updated. In addition, inspect the program or browser extension before downloading it. Other online community members’ comments, reviews are of great help. Before installing any software, choose ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ settings to detect optional download options. Deselect pre-marked irrelevant add-ons. Here is the short list of programs which might deliver tech support scam malware to the device:

  • diverse toolbars
  • browser extensions (including Chrome Web Store add-ons)
  • plugins
  • scanners and other system tools

Even if you witnessed ‘System Warning’ redirect, there is no need to panic but, instead, calmly exit the site. If you are dealing with the PC version of the scam, you might need to restart the device in Safe Mode to eradicate the malware.

Practical advice how to terminate fake alerts on Microsoft Edge

If you prefer using the relatively new MS Edge browser, bear in mind that it still needs improvement, especially in the cyber security sphere. Be aware that there is a rich diversity of ‘Microsoft Edge virus 2017’, leave alone an enormous army of browser hijackers and adware targeting this particular browser.

Note that adware might deliver you the MS Edge version of ‘Security warning’ pop-ups. You might take note of the following advice:

  • update browser regularly
  • enable and check whether all Window Updates are installed correctly
  • look for phone numbers and email addresses in the supposed ‘Security warning’ alerts. If you regularly get redirected to the tech support site, initiate the system scan.

FAQ about ‘Security Warning’ alerts

Question: What is this Microsoft Security Warning pop-up 2017? It shows the full date and further details including my browser type and OS details. The message says to contact Microsoft Help Desk technicians due to my computer being hacked and infected with spyware. Is it a scam or a genuine alert?

Answer: Dear novirus visitor, thank you for the inquiry. If the message urges you to call ‘Microsoft Support technicians’ ad includes the phone number, note that such alert is fake.

No official Microsoft security alert includes any phone number. Additionally, such scam notifications might plague Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Opera browser as well. Even if you got redirected to the site only once, you might still run the scan with a cyber security tool.

Question. My browser got blocked with Microsoft Edge virus 2017! I can’t exit the web page! What can I do? Was my computer really infected with a virus?

Answer. First of all, you should calm down. Even if the genuine security warning alerts emerges, it never asks you to dial any number or take immediate action within five minutes. In fact, you might notice the exaggerated style of the message.

In any case, click CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to launch Task Manager. Find the task entitled according to the browser, right-click on to ‘End Task.’ Scanning with ReimageIntego or Malwarebytes might be a good option.

Question. I got the ‘Security Warning’message on Mozilla Firefox. Closing the browser does not help, after it managed to load, it still redirects to the scam site. I’d appreciate the advice how I can get rid of the scam.

Answer: Unfortunately, your browser got compromised with a more complex browser scam variation. As in previous inquiries, we highly recommend eliminating browser infection with cyber security tool.

In order to revert the browser to its previous state, perform full browser reset. More information how to do that is provided in the manual ‘Security Warning’ removal instructions. Regardless of where you see the fake alert, it in includes a phone number, treat it as a scam.

Eliminate ‘System Warning’ scam and its components

Depending on what type of ‘System Warning’ virus variation you encountered, you might need to apply multiple termination measures. If you got misguided to the scan website only once, it is only sufficient to exit the site. Scanning the browser is a wise decision as well.

In case you get redirected to the scam site continuously, perform full browser reset. This function completes ‘System Warning’ scam removal.

You might also look for shady applications in the list of your system apps. In the case of PC-based tech support scam, remove ‘System Warning’ virus by launching anti-malware tool in Safe Mode.

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To remove “System Warning” Pop up, follow these steps:

Uninstall “System Warning” Pop up in Windows systems

Note that 'System Warning' pop-ups might be triggered by diverse adware. Ensure that no insecure programs reside on the system. Below instructions will help you eradicate the threat on all major browsers.

  1. Go to Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, open Add/Remove Programs). Go to 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, open 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open Quick Access Menu. Then click Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open 'Quick Access Menu'. Then click 'Control Panel' and select 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Remove “System Warning” Pop up and programs related to it
    Now, take a look at the list of programs and find “System Warning” Pop up or other programs that you do not remember installing.
  4. Right-click on these programs and select "Uninstall." Then click OK to save changes. Right-click every suspicious program and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall “System Warning” Pop up in Mac OS X system

  1. Users who use OS X should click on Go button, which can be found at the top left corner of the screen and select Applications. Click on 'Go' to open a drop-down menu and select 'Applications'.
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for “System Warning” Pop up or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on each malicious application and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete “System Warning” Pop up from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Delete suspicious browser add-ons
    Launch Internet Explorer, and then open IE by clicking on the Gear icon, which is located at the top right corner of the Internet browser. Then, click Manage Add-ons. Open browser menu and go to 'Manage add-ons'
  2. Manage Add-ons window will appear on your screen. Now, search for “System Warning” Pop up and other questionable browser add-ons. Right-click them on each of them and select Disable. To eliminate malicious applications, right-click on each of them and click 'Disable'
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Click the Gear icon at the top right corner of the Internet browser and then click Internet Options. Stay in General section.
  4. Now, delete malicious URL and enter Delete suspicious URL, type in your preferable site name and click 'Apply' to save
  5. Reset all Internet Explorer settings
    Click on Gear icon and then opt for Internet options. Then go to Advanced section.
  6. Click Reset.
  7. A new window appears, and then you have to tick Delete personal settings and click Reset to finalise “System Warning” Pop up removal. In 'Advanced' tab, click 'Reset'. Then tick 'Delete personal settings' and click 'Reset'.

Delete “System Warning” Pop up from Microsoft Edge

Reset settings in Microsoft Edge (Technique No.1):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser, then click on More button, which is situated at the top right edge of the screen
  2. Select Settings from the drop down menu.
  3. When the Settings panel appears, find Clear browsing data section and hit Choose what to clear button. Open Settings and click on 'Choose what to clear' button
  4. Then mark all components that you wish to delete and after that hit Clear. Click 'Clear'
  5. Right-click the Start button (that has Windows logo on it) and choose Task Manager. Right-click the Start button again and choose 'Task Manager'
  6. Go to Processes tab and look for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and select Go to details. If there is no Go to details option, select More details and carry out previous instructions. Right-click on 'Microsoft Edge' and choose 'Go to details' option If 'Go to details' option does not show up, choose 'More details' instead
  8. Once Details tab appears, look for entries that contain Microsoft Edge name. Right-click on such individual entries and choose End Task option to terminate them. Locate all entries that relate to Microsoft Edge and click 'End Task'

Reset Microsoft Edge (Technique No.2):

In case the Technique No.1 did not help you to fix the problem, use advanced Edge reset option.

  1. Important: you must backup your files before you use these tips
  2. Locate this folder on your PC: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select all items in this folder and right-click with your mouse. Select Delete. Open Microsoft Edge folder on your PC, click every entry with the right mouse button and select 'Delete'
  4. Click on the Start button (that has Windows Logo on it) and in Search my stuff field, type in window power.
  5. With the right button of your mouse, click on every entry and select Run as administrator. Locate where Windows PowerShell is, right-click on it and click on 'Run as administrator' option
  6. Once you get Admin's rights, Windows PowerShell window should show up shortly. Paste this line:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and hit Enter. Copy and then paste the necessary command and hit 'Enter'

After completing these steps, Microsoft Edge should be “System Warning” Pop up-free.

Delete “System Warning” Pop up from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To delete 'Security Warning' Firefox virus version, delete questionable add-ons from the browser and then reset it to the default settings.

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Launch Mozilla Firefox, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Add-ons Extensions. Open browser menu and go to 'Add-ons'
  2. Now, locate “System Warning” Pop up and other suspicious extensions. Click Remove to eliminate them. Go to 'Extensions' and locate malicious browser add-ons. Hit 'Remove' button to delete each entry
  3. Reset all Mozilla Firefox settings
    Click on the Firefox at the top left corner and then click the question mark. Then, select Troubleshooting Information. Open menu by clicking on the indicated icon and on '?'. Then select 'Troubleshooting Information'.
  4. Reset Firefox to its default state message should appear then. You will see Reset Firefox button. Click this button a few times and finalise “System Warning” Pop up removal. Hit 'Reset Firefox' button a few times

Delete “System Warning” Pop up from Google Chrome

To revert Google Chrome browser to its former state, uninstall any related add-ons.

  1. Remove malicious extensions
    Launch Google Chrome, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Tools Extensions. Open browser's menu, then click 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Now, look for “System Warning” Pop up and other suspicious extensions and then click the trash icon to remove them. Find malicious extensions and click on the Trash bin icon to remove them
  3. Open Chrome menu and go to Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. Once you open browser's 'Settings', click on 'Manage search engines...' button
  4. In Search Engines..., configure default search engine settings. Remove untrustworthy ones. We advise you to leave only Google or another reputable website of your choice. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  5. Reset all Google Chrome settings
    Open menu by clicking the button at the top right corner of Google Chrome, and go to Settings.
  6. Scroll down to find Reset browser settings button. Click on it. When in 'Settings', click Show advanced settings and then find 'Reset browser settings' button. Click on it.
  7. Click Reset to approve this action and finish “System Warning” Pop up removal. Click 'Reset' to finish the removal process.

Delete “System Warning” Pop up from Safari

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for “System Warning” Pop up or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and remove untrustworthy extensions
  3. Reset all Safari settings
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete “System Warning” Pop up removal process. Select all checkboxes and click 'Reset'

Prevent the government from spying on you

As there is a growing debate in government about collecting users' data and spying on citizens, you should take a closer look at this issue and find out what shady ways of gathering information can be used to collect information about you. You need to browse anonymously if you want to avoid any government-initiated spying and tracking of information. 

You can enjoy secure internet browsing and minimize the risk of intrusion into your system if you use Private Internet Access VPN program. This VPN application creates a virtual private network and provides access to the required data without any content restrictions.

Control government and other third party access to your data and ensure safe web browsing. Even if you do not engage in illegal activities and trust your ISP, we recommend being careful about your security. You should take extra precautions and start using a VPN program.

Reduce the threat of viruses by backing up your data

Due to their own careless behavior, computer users can suffer various losses caused by cyber infections. Viruses can affect the functionality of the software or directly corrupt data on your system by encrypting it. These problems can disrupt the system and cause you to lose personal data permanently. There is no such threat if you have the latest backups, as you can easily recover lost data and get back to work.

It is recommended to update the backups in parallel each time the system is modified. This way, you will be able to access the latest saved data after an unexpected virus attack or system failure. By having the latest copies of important documents and projects, you will avoid serious inconveniences. File backups are especially useful if malware attacks your system unexpectedly. We recommend using the Data Recovery Pro program to restore the system.

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