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Remove “Internet Security Alert” virus (Removal Instructions) - Nov 2020 update

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Internet Security Alert – scam used to trick users into contacting the alleged Windows technical support

Internet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FECInternet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FEC is a hoax designed to extort money out of innocent users

Internet Security Alert is a tech support scam that you can encounter at any time while browsing the internet. While some people might face the misleading page accidentally, users who see it continuously are most likely have their PCs infected with adware. Also known as Internet Security Alert Code 055BCCAC9FEC, the virus tries to make victims believe that their machines are infected with “harmful viruses” and sensitive information like passwords and credit card details might be stolen. Of course, this is not true, as no virus warnings would occur on users' browsers. There are several variations of this hoax, but most appear on a blue background with a pop-up, while some versions, like Red Screen Internet Security alert, are shown in bright red to scare users even more. 

Name Internet Security Alert
Alternatively known Internet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FEC
Type Adware, tech support scam
Colors of the fake alert Navy blue and red screen
The most affected browsers Chrome, Firefox, Edge
The main idea of the scam
  • Claims that the user's computer is infected with malware;
  • Reports that personal information is at risk;
  • Pushes its victim into contacting the alleged Windows tech support
Main risks
  • Revealing personal information;
  • Letting cybercriminals access to your computer system;
  •  Downloading malware;
  • Paying for useless services or software.
Removal Sometimes it is hard to eliminate adware from the system because it hides under different names. The easiest way to find it – using a professional tool, like ReimageIntego

Usually, Internet Security Alert code 055BCCAC9FEC scam shows up on Windows or Mac to trick users into dialing the special number and then asking them to provide the remote access to their computer. It uses a red color and says that this service is going to fix the critical “error” on the victim's computer. At this point, we want to assure you that scammers who are working behind this scam should never get access to your computer system. 

The scam[1] also states that your personal data, like passwords, bank account details or local hard disk files might be compromised. However, such alerts have no possibility to check the system, so you can be sure that adware is the only problem you have. No matter that Internet Security Alert claims to be related to Windows Technical Support group, do not call use (866) 564-0233 telephone number to fix the “problem.”[2] 

Sometimes the bogus Internet Security Alert uses audio voice to scare its victims even more. The message used for that states the following:

Internet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FEC

Your computer might be infected by harmful viruses. Please do not shut down or reset your computer.

The following data might be compromised if you continue:

1. Passwords
2. Browser History
3. Credit Card information
4. Local Hard Disk Files.

Call Windows Technical Support: (866) 564-0233 (Toll Free)

Internet Security Alert scamInternet Security Alert scam is a fake error message which is closely related to adware. Such viruses tend to cause deceptive messages via the web browser to convince victims to call tech support scammers which are fake as well

Beware that the malicious Internet Security Alert code 055BCCAC9FEC on Mac or Windows is designed to promote the fake security software or deceive you into giving personal information to swindle money and generate revenue. Various suspicious websites may redirect you to such an “alert” since they distribute rogue ads and pop-ups. Even accidental clicks may be the reason why the malware infected your computer.

Be aware that Microsoft Windows neither display alerts about possible threads of your computer, nor publish their technical support number elsewhere than on their official website. Thus do not be deceived by this scam and instead of agreeing to purchase unreliable security application or submit personal information, we encourage you to scan your computer using security software and take care of Internet Security Alert removal. Additionally, we suggest you used ReimageIntego to restore Windows Registry which might have been altered due to the infection.

In addition, the described scam pop-up is very similar to other deceptive messages that cybercriminals compose to trick unsuspecting users into calling fraudsters. One of the most prevalent ones, according to Usunwirusa.pl team[3], are “Microsoft System Security Alert” and “Windows Security Alert.” Make sure you get rid of them by eliminating related adware right after you start seeing them. To remove Internet Security Alert from Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or other web browsers, check recently installed freeware and remove suspicious entries. Additionally, you should reset your web browsers to eliminate any modifications made by criminals.

Red Screen Internet Security alert – just another variant of the scam

Red Screen Internet Security alert is a variant of the scam that appears in the red-colored window and uses the same misleading techniques to scare its victims. There is barely any difference from the original fake warning. However, users may encounter two different pop-ups that accompany the scam.

The red color is known to be the one to makes people worried, so scammers opted for it to make them automatically assume that something is wrong. It is a clever psychological trick used by cybercrooks. Additionally, Red Screen Internet Security alert is using scare tactics by claiming that personal information might be leaked if the PC is restarted. Having in mind numerous data leaks and breaches, there is no surprise that people are convinced into contacting hackers via the given phone number.

Internet Security Alert Red Screen Red Screen Internet Security alert - yet another fake warning that shows up in red color and prompts users to call the provided number

As usual, this is just a hoax and should not be trusted. While most users are already aware of Red Screen Internet Security alert and similar scams,[4] there as still thousands of less computer-savvy individuals who most likely will call the number. Bad actors may, and most likely will do the following once contacted:

  • Will speak in technical terms to confuse the user even more
  • Will try to convince that the machine is heavily infected and needs fixing using dodgy software that they promote
  • Will ask for remote access, steal personal information, or install data-tracking malware on the device
  • Will prolong the conversation due to a premium number

Thus, do not be a victim of a scam – scan your machine with anti-malware tools or get rid of the PUP using our guide below. If you encountered this scam, remove Red Screen Internet Security alert before it starts redirecting you to malicious sites. Simply close down your browser and make sure that recently opened tabs do not show up again. Next, check the system with security software to see if it infected and get rid of detected malware.

Malicious websites can trigger an installation of adware

The developers typically make considerable investments to design appealing advertisements and attract naive computer users into clicking it.

Malicious ads usually promote:

  1. Shopping coupons;
  2. Gambling sites;
  3. Adult dating websites;
  4. Unknown their party software or plug-ins.

Once the user clicks the ad, it may redirect to websites promoting malicious content or even trigger an installation of another high-risk malware. Thus, if you encounter various redirects to less than reliable pages, immediately leave the site and avoid clicking on ads in the future.

Besides, if your computer is infected with this adware, it may stealthily download other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or plug-ins and collect browsing-related data, such as (IP address or geolocation) and use it in designing more attractive advertisements or the ones related to your interests.

Tips to avoid Internet Security Alert attack

Internet Security Alert

  1. Keep your security software regularly updated in order to eliminate vulnerabilities that hacker use to develop various types of adware, malware, spyware, etc.;
  2. Never submit your credit card or bank account details;
  3. Avoid clicking malicious ads and never agree to install plug-ins from unrecognized developers;
  4. Download applications only from verified distributors and use the direct link if possible;
  5. Never skip steps of download/installation process since some of the potentially unwanted programs are hidden among the “optional components” of regular applications;

Internet Security Alert removal can be completed using one of two methods

To remove Internet Security Alert virus, you can choose between two options — manual and automatic removal. However, our IT professionals highly recommend using automatic removal with security software since your computer might be infected with other malicious programs you are not aware of.

To find all suspicious components and get rid of Internet Security Alert popup for good, you should run a full system scan with updated anti-spyware. Of course, don't forget to choose a reliable security program and download it from verified distributors.

Remember, cybercriminals are offering useless or over-priced security applications, so you should never trust them. Besides, they can infect your computer with malware after tricking you into thinking that Windows Internet Security Alert scam is real. Yet, if you have already been tricked into downloading or purchasing one, contact your bank immediately and inform about an unauthorized transaction.

If you are considering opting for manual Internet Security Alert removal option, use the following steps. Make sure you are very attentive while following them because, after the removal of useful system files, you may lead your computer to additional problems.

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To remove “Internet Security Alert” virus, follow these steps:

Delete “Internet Security Alert” from Windows systems

To remove Internet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FEC from Windows, get rid of all questionable applications from the system. Please delete every suspicious entry to entirely kill fake ads on your computer.

To remove “Internet Security Alert” virus from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  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 entries related to “Internet Security Alert” virus (or any other recently installed 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.

Uninstall “Internet Security Alert” from Mac OS X system

To get rid of the scam from MacOS, rely on the following steps. You need to find adware-type programs on the system and uninstall them from there.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove “Internet Security Alert” virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for “Internet Security Alert” virus-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 “Internet Security Alert” virus, 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 related to “Internet Security Alert” virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the “Internet Security Alert” virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate “Internet Security Alert” from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for “Internet Security Alert” virus and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete “Internet Security Alert” virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove “Internet Security Alert” virus from Microsoft Edge

To fix Edge and eliminate this scam from the web browser, you need to follow the guide given below.

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 “Internet Security Alert” virus-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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

Get rid of “Internet Security Alert” from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To eliminate Internet Security Alert popup from Firefox, get rid of suspicious add-ons and extensions with the following guide:

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 plugins that are related to “Internet Security Alert” virus and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  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

In case “Internet Security Alert” virus did not get removed after following the instructions above, 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 – this should complete “Internet Security Alert” virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase “Internet Security Alert” from Google Chrome

To get rid of this alert from Chrome, we highly recommend resetting it.

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 “Internet Security Alert” virus 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the “Internet Security Alert” virus-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 to complete “Internet Security Alert” virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete “Internet Security Alert” from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to “Internet Security Alert” virus 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

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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