The Google Security Warning popup appeared on your PC without any notice? After that, you’re faced with the fact that your web browser is now redirected to other undesired web pages and filled with a variety of pop up advertisements and banners. The cause of all your problems with your machine is an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that has been installed on many machines around the world without users permission, so you’re one of many. Most probably, you do not even know how and where this adware has got into your computer. In the few simple steps below, we will explain all the general features of adware and its typical behavior on the PC system, as well as effective methods for manually removing Google Security Warning popups from your computer.
The ad-supported software, that opens unwanted “Google Security Warning” popups, is the part of the software that is used as an online promotional tool. It’s designed with the sole purpose to show dozens of advertisements, and thus to promote the goods and services in an open web browser window. It is designed to fill the web-browser’s constant stream of ads, or reroute the web-browser to not expected and intrusive advertising web pages such as “Google Security Warning”. Moreover, the adware can substitute the legitimate advertising links on misleading or even banners that can offer to visit harmful sites.
The malicious programs from the ad-supported software family that alters the settings of web browsers usually affects only the Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The ‘ad supported’ software may change the Target property of a internet browser’s shortcut, so every time you run the web-browser, instead of your start page, you will see the undesired Google Security Warning web-page.
The guide below explaining steps to remove Google Security Warning pop up problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the ‘ad supported’ software that may attack Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer and other popular browsers. The guide will help you remove adware and thereby clean your web browser from all undesired ads including Google Security Warning popup scam.
How to remove Google Security Warning pop up
Even if you have the up-to-date classic antivirus installed, and you’ve checked your computer for malicious software and removed anything found, you need to do the guide below. The Google Security Warning pop-up error removal is not simple as installing another antivirus. Classic antivirus programs are not made to run together and will conflict with each other, or possibly crash Microsoft Windows. Instead we recommend complete the manual steps below after that use Zemana Anti-Malware, MalwareBytes or AdwCleaner, which are free programs dedicated to scan for and remove adware that causes internet browsers to open misleading Google Security Warning pop-up. Use these tools to ensure the adware is removed.
Manual Google Security Warning pop-up error removal
The useful removal steps for the Google Security Warning popup. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to delete Google Security Warning pop up let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Delete adware through the MS Windows Control Panel
First method for manual ‘ad supported’ software removal is to go into the Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of software on your system and see if there are any suspicious and unknown applications. If you see any, you need to uninstall them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an Web search to find details on the application. If it is a potentially unwanted program, adware or malicious software, you will likely find information that says so.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as displayed on the image below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed in the figure below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown in the following example.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as shown in the following example.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and get rid of all software which has the name such as “Google Security Warning”. We advise to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. When you have found anything suspicious that may be the adware, adware or potentially unwanted applications, then choose this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious application blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully get rid of it from your machine.
Clean up the web-browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by adware
Once installed, this adware may add an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Edge. Due to this, every time you start the web-browser, it will open an unwanted ad page.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The adware can replace it. If you are seeing something like “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the web browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example like below.
Once is finished, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for browser shortcuts which redirects to an undesired pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you launch your PC system, it will open Google Security Warning undesired web-page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all malicious tasks that have been created by malicious applications.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard at the same time. This shows a prompt that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your machine. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this malicious task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ software, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the following example.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by malicious program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Get rid of Google Security Warning popup error from Firefox
If the FF web browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Mozilla Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Firefox settings like new tab, homepage and search engine by default to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
Run the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the following example.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the ad-supported software that displays misleading Google Security Warning pop-up on your PC system. After, it’s complete, press the “Finish” button.
Remove Google Security Warning pop up error from Internet Explorer
The IE reset is great if your web-browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your internet browser, that installed by an malware.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your personal computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove ‘ad supported’ software which displays misleading Google Security Warning popup scam on your machine, disable malicious and ad-supported web browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as home page, new tab page and default search provider to default state.
Remove Google Security Warning popup scam from Chrome
If your Google Chrome browser is redirected to undesired Google Security Warning page, it may be necessary to completely reset your browser program to its default settings.
- First, start the Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will display the Chrome main menu, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings dialog box as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Google Security Warning pop-up automatic removal
There are not many good free antimalware applications with high detection ratio. The effectiveness of malware removal tools depends on various factors, mostly on how often their virus/malware signatures DB are updated in order to effectively detect modern malicious software, ad-supported software, browser hijackers and other PUPs. We suggest to run several applications, not just one. These programs that listed below will allow you get rid of all components of the adware from your disk and Windows registry and thereby remove Google Security Warning pop-up scam.
Automatically remove Google Security Warning pop-up with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a utility that can delete ‘ad supported’ software, PUPs, browser hijacker infections and other malicious software from your machine easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of computer resources.
Download Zemana from the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Once downloading is complete, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana Anti-Malware will try to update itself and when this process is finished, press the “Scan” button to begin scanning your computer for the adware that causes multiple misleading Google Security Warning alerts and pop ups.
A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. During the scan Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will detect all threats present on your personal computer. All found threats will be marked. You can remove them all by simply press “Next” button.
The Zemana will start to get rid of ‘ad supported’ software that causes multiple misleading Google Security Warning alerts and popups.
Automatically get rid of Google Security Warning pop-up scam with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC of the adware. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal application designed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you delete intrusive Google Security Warning pop-up scam from your web-browsers, potentially unwanted software, malware, hijackers, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
- Download MalwareBytes Free by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
- When the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is finished, click the “Scan Now” button for checking your system for the ad supported software that developed to display misleading Google Security Warning pop up scam within your internet browser. This task can take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- When the scanning is finished, MalwareBytes AntiMalware will open a list of found items. You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply press “Quarantine Selected”. When disinfection is done, you can be prompted to restart your PC.
The following video offers a few simple steps on how to remove hijackers, adware and other malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
Remove Google Security Warning popup error from browsers with AdwCleaner
The AdwCleaner utility is free and easy to use. It can scan and get rid of malware, potentially unwanted software and ad supported software in Chrome, FF, MS Edge and Internet Explorer browsers and thereby get rid of all annoying Google Security Warning popup ads. AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and get rid of harmful registry entries and files that are hidden on the personal computer.
Download AdwCleaner utility from the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: July 23, 2020
Once the download is done, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as displayed in the figure below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to start the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” .AdwCleaner program will scan through the whole PC system for the ad supported software that shows misleading Google Security Warning pop up on your PC. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the AdwCleaner is checking, you may see number of objects it has identified either as being malware.
Once AdwCleaner has finished scanning your computer, AdwCleaner will show a screen that contains a list of malware that has been found like below.
Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and press “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will get rid of ad supported software that causes web browsers to show misleading Google Security Warning pop-up scam and add threats to the Quarantine. Once the cleaning process is complete, the utility may ask you to restart your personal computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to block Google Security Warning pop up scam
It is important to run ad blocker applications such as AdGuard to protect your machine from malicious pages. Most security experts says that it’s okay to block advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop Google Security Warning and other undesired web pages.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link and save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the downloading process is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the following example.
You can click “Skip” to close the setup application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop ups, web-sites such Google Security Warning, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent your PC system from the attack of Google Security Warning pop-up
Now your PC should be free of the adware which shows misleading Google Security Warning popup error on your PC. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop ups and undesired malicious web sites) and Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your system for new malware, browser hijackers and ‘ad supported’ software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new adwares, harmful programs and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Google Security Warning pop up from your browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.