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

“Google Security Warning” virus Removal Guide

What is “Google Security Warning” virus?

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 social engineering attack that delivers a phone number on a pop-up message which states about lost safety of the PC.

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 FortectIntego

“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 FortectIntego. 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.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of “Google Security Warning” virus. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

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

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove 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.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove 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

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of “Google Security Warning” registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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