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Windows Security has been Compromised. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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

Windows Security has been Compromised is a fake message trying to trick people into purchasing useless security tools

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Windows Security has been Compromised is a scam which is designed to swindle money from gullible people.

Windows Security has been Compromised is a deceptive notification which appears on the screen during browsing sessions and prevents users from using their browser. The screen-locking feature allows tricking people into believing that their computers are infected, and they must take immediate actions. For that, cybercriminals offer to purchase a new Microsoft License via an inbuilt button on the pop-up[1] window. However, experts note that your system is not infected and you should not click on any content in the message since it is a technical support scam[2]

Name Windows Security has been Compromised
Type Malware
Danger level Medium. Includes a screen-locking feature
Distribution Spreads via bundling method
Symptoms Locks the screen and displays a fake message saying that Windows security has been compromised
Indicated number +1 888 398 0888
Removal Get a professional malware removal software to get rid of “Windows Security has been Compromised” virus. Later, we advise scanning the computer with Reimage to fix the damage 

Windows Security has been Compromised message indicates that an adware program sneaked into your system. Usually, you might unconsciously install it while installing third-party applications from unreliable developers. As soon as it settles, this ad-supported program modifies browser settings to redirect users to a website showing this fake notification. 

Here is the fraction of Windows Security has been Compromised alert:

Windows Security has been Compromised

Your Windows Security has been Compromised and Microsoft has detected an unsolvable threat and this threat can result a great loss to your computer and it has been violated the terms of Microsoft. We (microsoft) will not be the responsible for any kinds of security threats.

Your PC has been Blocked, so you cannot access your PC right now and it is very much bad for you. We have covered you with 2 options

Furthermore, the criminals behind Windows Security has been Compromised virus claim that users and re-install Windows but that would lead to data loss. They indicate another option — purchase a new license key by clicking on “What to do?” button below the message. 

We want to warn you that “Windows Security has been Compromised” message is a scam, and you should never fall for this fake technical support trick. Your computer is not infected, and you do NOT need to pay for a supposedly new Microsoft license key. In fact, you only need to uninstall the adware redirecting you to this message.

Keep in mind that you should NOT call via the indicated +1 888 398 0888 number either. Usually, cybercriminals ask to give remote access to the computer to clean the infections allegedly. In reality, hackers install numerous potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) to force you to keep using their services and paying. 

Our experts say that the easiest way to remove Windows Security has been Compromised message is download and install a robust antivirus software. You just need to scan your computer and let it detect all components which are related to the adware and other PUPs. 

Additionally, a wise decision is to run a full system scan with Reimage after Windows Security has been Compromised removal as it can help you eliminate virus damage and restore any modifications that were previously made. 

Adware programs are bundled with freeware to help them spread

Most commonly, adware and similar potentially unwanted program (PUPs) come in a bundle with freeware so users might not notice how it was installed on their computers. Therefore, it is essential to pay close attention during the installation of third-party applications if you want to keep your system safe.

For that, you should reject the Quick/Recommended installation mode once it is offered. Instead, pick Custom/Advanced and attentively follow the steps. Usually, adware appears as a pre-selected checkmark that should be de-selected. Always look for those additional components and reject them. 

Learn how to get rid of Windows Security has been Compromised message

As we have already mentioned, you should start Windows Security has been Compromised removal by downloading and installing a professional security tool. You will find our recommended ones below this article. Although, feel free to use any reliable antivirus of your choice. 

However, you can also remove Windows Security has been Compromised manually. This method requires specific IT knowledge. Thus, experts[3] recommend it only for advanced computer users. Check the guidelines presented at the end of this article.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Windows Security has been Compromised, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Windows Security has been Compromised from Windows systems

Get rid of suspicious programs from Windows OS first:

  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 Windows Security has been Compromised and related programs
    Here, look for Windows Security has been Compromised 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'
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Erase Windows Security has been Compromised 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 Windows Security has been Compromised 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 Windows Security has been Compromised removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Windows Security has been Compromised 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, Windows Security has been Compromised should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Windows Security has been Compromised from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You have to delete unverified entries from Mozilla Firefox and reset your browser.

  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 Windows Security has been Compromised 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 Windows Security has been Compromised removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Windows Security has been Compromised from Google Chrome

Get rid of Windows Security has been Compromised message from Chrome by uninstalling unknown extensions.

  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 Windows Security has been Compromised 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 Windows Security has been Compromised removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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