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Remove “Compromised Windows Security” ads (Easy Removal Guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

What lies behind “Compromised Windows Security” notifications?

Compromised Windows Security virus generates fake notifications of a supposedly corrupted operating system. While users who are not familiar with scam might rush to fulfill the requirements, others know the true intentions of such notifications. What you are dealing with is adware. When this application succeeds in infiltrating the operating system, it starts displaying fake alerts and notifications. Moreover, they provide a phone number of a technician which will save you from these sufferings. Though this number might look like the light at the end of the tunnel, in fact, it is a well-designed scheme. Thus, we recommend you to remove Compromised Windows Security at first. If you are not sure how to do it, let Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego help you. Though this adware does not possess elaborate and complex features as a trojan or another highly aggressive computer threat – ransomware – however, its visit should not be ignored. Therefore, Compromised Windows Security removal should become your current priority.

The example of a Compromised Windows Security notification

This adware is another sample of tech support scam. Lately, there has been a steady increase of this deception forms. Needless to say, it is highly effective as users who encounter this scam for the first time, fall for the scam and contact the supposed technical support specialist. Later on, he or she tries to convince the victim that in order to solve current issue, the user needs to purchase additional software which would guarantee the safety of the operating system. Since cyber security is a sensitive topic and each of us is cautious to escape computer threats, the victim might behave according to the crook’s expectations without giving it a second thought. Likewise, Compromised Windows Security ads work the same way. The alerts display 855-616-6772 number. They are designed to look genuine. Alerted that a virus might infect your system, you might consider calling the number. Obviously, neither you nor any other victim of this scan should fulfill crooks‘ requirements. In fact, you might make matters worse as you download a potentially fraudulent malware removal application. Therefore, real threats might settle on your operating system. Then, you might really need to clean your device.

When does the adware take over the PC?

Though these adware applications look more sophisticated than mere PUPs, their distribution techniques are not exceptional. In fact, the adware sneaked into the device when you installed a new application. Unaware that it comes with bonus programs, you quickly rushed through the guide. Unfortunately, due to this habit, you facilitated Compromised Windows Security hijack. If you are interested in the prevention ways, you should keep in mind these recommendations. First of all, upon installing a new application, select “Custom” settings. They will disclose optional add-ons. Unmark them carefully not to install adware again.

Compromised Windows Security removal process

The best way to terminate “Compromised Windows Security” virus would be to use automatic method. Install an anti-spyware application and run the scam. Usually, Compromised Windows Security removal requires only a couple of minutes. Therefore, you can be sure that the application completely roots out the adware. It also comes in handy when warding off more threatening virtual threats. If you are willing to remove Compromised Windows Security manually, you can find the instructions below. However, keep in mind that this virus might have spread its files throughout the entire registry, so you will need to be very vigilant.

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To remove “Compromised Windows Security” ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of “Compromised Windows Security” from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall “Compromised Windows Security” and related programs
    Here, look for “Compromised Windows Security” or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Eliminate “Compromised Windows Security” from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for “Compromised Windows Security” or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase “Compromised Windows Security” from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for “Compromised Windows Security” and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete “Compromised Windows Security” removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall “Compromised Windows Security” ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, “Compromised Windows Security” should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove “Compromised Windows Security” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select “Compromised Windows Security” and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete “Compromised Windows Security” removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete “Compromised Windows Security” from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select “Compromised Windows Security” and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete “Compromised Windows Security” removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of “Compromised Windows Security” from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous 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 select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for “Compromised Windows Security” or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    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 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 “Compromised Windows Security” removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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  1. kimcy4+74 says:
    September 26th, 2016 at 8:40 am

    They look so real…

  2. freddieg says:
    September 26th, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Removed it in a flash.

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