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Google Security Warning. Should you be worried? (2019 update)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Google Security Warning – a scam that revolves around legitimate-looking warnings shown on Google Chrome browser

"Google Security Warning" tech support scam

Google Security Warning is the campaign generating fake alerts and warnings aiming to trick users into calling the free phone number of technicians. Unfortunately, once the victim calls a support number to fix the possible issues, scammers can ask to install tools or software, give the remote access to their device or even claim that you need to pay for their consultation. Microsoft has nothing to do with this scam, and you should be aware that emails or phone number are not displayed on the legitimate system messages. This is nothing more than a version of the Google virus

Although “Google Security Warning” scam claims that your computer is locked since the firewall has detected suspicious activity, there is possibly no malware on the PC. At this point, we can assure you that this red warning message is a deceptive trick to lure you into calling via the provided number and sign up for useless or even non-existent services. If you don't want to deal with cybercriminals, you need to ignore such fraudulent pop-ups and get rid of Google virus warning.[1]

Name Google Security Warning
Type Scam
Caused by Adware
Main issues caused on victim's computer Displays fake pop-up messages, redirects to highly suspicious websites
Main aim To mislead the victim into calling the fake tech support number
Dangers The loss of money and personal information, high possibility of getting infected with malware
Elimination To remove Google Security Warning message, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner

“Google Security Warning” scam is fake Google warnings delivering adware-type potentially unwanted program that makes time online significantly affected with all the unwanted pop-ups and redirects to promotional content. Besides the scary message with a security statement, user can encounter other symptoms that decrease the browsing speed and performance of the PC.

These alerts in Google Security Warning scam aim to trick people into thinking their computer has crashed or that hacker has been working on the system. However, in most cases, no virus has been detected or found on the machine. Even the particular malware indicated on these alerts is pre-determined and not running on your device. 

Google warning about virus starts appearing once a victim's computer gets infected with the adware-type program. As soon as it alters system settings, it starts continuous redirects to websites delivering such pop-up messages:

Firewall detecting ‘suspicious’ incoming network connections,we recommend that you click on “Back to Safety.”

Your computer has been Locked
Your computer with the IP address might infected by the Trojans– Because System Activation KEY has expired. Your information (for example, passwords, messages, and credit cards) have been stolen. Call the Help Desk number 0800-090-3829 to protect your files and identity from further damage.
‘Google Security Warning Lock Screen. To immediate rectify issue and prevent data lose

Please call Toll free :0800-090-3829

The content of Google Security Warning pop-up is designed to scare people. Scammers claim that there was a Zeus virus detected on the victim's computer due to the expired System Activation or a trojan horse, spyware that stole your personal data. According to the alerts, for this reason, sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card information, might be taken. To solve the problem and protect their data, users have to call Windows Help Desk via +1-844-843-5125 phone number. 

 "Google Security Warning" scam
"Google Security Warning" virus tries to trick users into believing that their computer is infected and they should call the Tech support.

Calling or contacting these criminals in other ways can be the only reason why your credit card credentials, passwords or any other personal information get stolen or accessed because scammer may trick you into revealing this information over the phone. Also, “Google Security Warning” scam creators try to get on the device remotely to infiltrate the PC with additional malware or obtain valuable data directly from the machine.

Google Security Warning tech support scam can have many different messages and show phone numbers, deliver Fix now button that redirects to direct or even automatic download of the rogue tool that may include malware script. In most cases, the message says the phone number is toll-free or free of charge. However, calling this number might be expensive. 

Besides, they might convince you to agree to install remote access tools in order to fix the problem quicker. Once the attacker gets on targeted machine, malicious tools can get installed immediately.

Scammers usually take advantage of ad-supported applications to redirect users to such fake websites or display misleading pop-ups. However, Google Security virus warning might also cause other browsing-related problems, such as an increased amount of ads or redirects to commercial sites.

"Google Security Warning" virus
"Google Security Warning" is the tech support scam that mainly focuses on getting access to users PC remotely or accessing valuable information.

Nevertheless, fake Google Security Alert is not dangerous; you should not tolerate it. The PUP might force you to visit infected or phishing website[2] where cybercriminals might be prepared a few hoaxes to obtain your private information. Potentially unwanted programs like this can access your browsing history and other online preferences to use that data later on in sponsored malvertising campaigns.[3]

Therefore, we recommend you to get rid of Google Virus Warning not only by closing the browser’s tab. You should also use anti-malware software and run a full system scan to uninstall adware, which is responsible for suspicious activities on your browser. This procedure will help you remove Google security warning entirely.

For automatic removal of Google Security Warning PUP, we recommend Reimage Reimage Cleaner . However, you can choose another professional anti-malware or antivirus software or follow manual adware elimination guidelines below. Besides step-by-step guides, we have a few tips for browser resetting.

"Google Security Warning" pop-up scam
"Google Security Warning" scam shows up on the Google Chrome browser and states that trojan horses, other malware infected the machine and now your passwords, credit card information, and logins can be stolen.

The installation of free applications might bring the adware to your system

You might start encountering such fake warning messages after the reckless installation of free software. Developers bundle the potentially unwanted program which causes the deceptive messages to appear during your browsing sessions with freeware and hide the information about such actions.

Likewise, you might infiltrate the PUP showing a fake warning if you choose Recommended/Quick parameters during the installation process and do not de-select the marks allowing additional downloads. To avoid such PUP, you should pick Advanced or Custom settings and always un-tick the pre-selected checkmarks.

Get rid of Google Security Warning virus within several minutes

Once you receive a Google Security Warning popup, you can temporarily fix the problem by closing the tab/window. However, there is a high possibility that the same or similar fake message will reappear after some time. Likewise, you can take measures right away to get rid of this alert for good.

Thus, to remove Google Security Warning and other problems, you have to investigate the system and wipe out all malicious components from the PC. We suggest you ensure the elimination procedure for robust anti-spyware software. You can use one from the list below.

Additionally, you can find manual Google Security Warning removal guidelines at the end of the article. However, experts from Hungary[4] note that it might be difficult to find all adware-related files and programs manually. Thus, it’s better to save time and opt for the automatic removal option.

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To remove “Google Security Warning” virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate “Google Security Warning” from Windows systems

You can remove the adware from Windows by following the given instructions:

  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 “Google Security Warning” and related programs
    Here, look for “Google Security Warning” 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'

Delete “Google Security Warning” 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 “Google Security Warning” 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'

Uninstall “Google Security Warning” from Internet Explorer (IE)

You must get rid of all adware-related components to fix Internet Explorer.

  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 “Google Security Warning” 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 “Google Security Warning” removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove “Google Security Warning” virus 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, “Google Security Warning” should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase “Google Security Warning” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can either reset Mozilla Firefox right away or first uninstall all suspicious entries to stop seeing the fake pop-up message.

  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 “Google Security Warning” 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 “Google Security Warning” removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of “Google Security Warning” from Google Chrome

Chrome is the browser that shows these fake warning messages the most, so you should clean the web browser and change settings to ensure nothing got left regarding Google Security Warning scam

  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 “Google Security Warning” 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 “Google Security Warning” removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate “Google Security Warning” 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 “Google Security Warning” 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 “Google Security Warning” removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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