The “Internet Security Alert” is just one of the many misleading web pages. It’s made to fill the web browser’s constant stream of fake alerts to force you into calling the fake Microsoft Support Service. If your browser is automatically rerouted to the “Internet Security Alert” offering call Windows Support then most probably that your personal computer has become the victim of the malicious software from the adware family. The adware is developed in order to provide third-party advertisements including misleading advertising like the “Internet Security Alert” popup to the user without asking his permission. The ‘ad supported’ software takes control of all your typical web browsers and redirects them to unwanted web-pages every time you browse the Web.
The ad-supported software which shows misleading “Internet Security Alert” pop-up warnings on your PC, may add tons of ads directly to the web pages that you visit, creating a sense that the advertisements have been added by the developers of the web-page. Moreover, a legal advertisements may be replaced on the fake ads, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful software. The worst is, the ad-supported software be able to gather a wide variety of personal info (your ip address, what is a site you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
The ad-supported software can alter the settings of the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and MS Edge, but often that a malicious software such as this can also hijack all types of web browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user each time run the web browser to see the unwanted “Internet Security Alert” page.
So, obviously, you need to get rid of the adware as soon as possible. Use the free tutorial below. This guide will help you clean your system of ‘ad supported’ software and thus remove the “Internet Security Alert” undesired popups.
How to remove “Internet Security Alert” popup warnings
Fortunately, we have an effective solution that will help you manually or/and automatically remove “Internet Security Alert” from your internet browser and bring your web browser settings, including startpage, newtab page and default search provider, back to normal. Below you’ll find a removal guidance with all the steps you may need to successfully remove adware and its components. Certain of the steps below will require you to shut down this web page. So, please read the few simple steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Internet Security Alert, perform the steps below:
- Remove “Internet Security Alert” pop up scam without any utilities
- Uninstall “Internet Security Alert” related programs through the Control Panel of your PC system
- Remove “Internet Security Alert” pop-up from Internet Explorer
- Remove “Internet Security Alert” fake alerts from Google Chrome
- Remove “Internet Security Alert” pop-up from Firefox
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- Fix web browser shortcuts, altered by ad supported software
- Run free malware removal tools to completely remove “Internet Security Alert” fake alerts
- How to stop “Internet Security Alert” fake alerts
- Tips to prevent “Internet Security Alert” popup and other unwanted apps
- Finish words
Remove “Internet Security Alert” pop up scam without any utilities
Most common ad supported software may be uninstalled without any antivirus applications. The manual adware removal is steps that will teach you how to remove the “Internet Security Alert” popup warnings.
Uninstall “Internet Security Alert” related programs through the Control Panel of your PC system
It’s of primary importance to first identify and remove all PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software apps and browser hijacker infections through ‘Add/Remove Programs’ (Windows XP) or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 10, 8, 7) section of your MS Windows Control Panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed on the screen below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right like below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista) as shown on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and delete all suspicious and unknown apps. We advise to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed programs by date. Once you’ve found anything dubious that may be the adware that made to display misleading “Internet Security Alert” pop up scam within your web-browser or other PUP (potentially unwanted program), then select this application and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the questionable program blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your system.
Remove “Internet Security Alert” pop-up from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your browser, that installed by an malware.
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as 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 click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of adware that causes internet browsers to display misleading “Internet Security Alert” pop-up, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as new tab page, start page and search provider by default to default state.
Remove “Internet Security Alert” fake alerts from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to get rid of the adware, malicious and adware extensions, as well as to restore the web browser’s homepage, new tab and search provider by default that have been modified by adware that causes internet browsers to show misleading “Internet Security Alert” pop up.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will open the Google Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the addon signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option called “Settings”.
The browser will show the settings screen. Another solution to display the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as displayed in the following example and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation dialog box as shown in the following example.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The internet browser will run the task of cleaning. When it is finished, the web browser’s settings including startpage, new tab page and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Remove “Internet Security Alert” pop-up from Firefox
If the Firefox settings such as start page, new tab and default search engine have been changed by the ad supported software, then resetting it to the default state can help.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown on the image below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed in the figure below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Firefox web-browser settings to its original state.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you boot your PC, it will show “Internet Security Alert” undesired site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all harmful tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will display a dialog box which titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as displayed below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious program. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Fix web browser shortcuts, altered by ad supported software
Unfortunately, the ad-supported software which created to display misleading “Internet Security Alert” pop up scam within your internet browser, can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your browsers shortcut files), so that the “Internet Security Alert” ad web page will be displayed when you run the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge or another web-browser.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut file that you use to launch your web-browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut file for the web-browser which is re-directed to the “Internet Security Alert” or other annoying page.
Further, necessary to look at the text that is written in the “Target” field. The adware that developed to show misleading “Internet Security Alert” fake alerts within your web-browser can change the contents of this field, which describes the file to be start when you launch your internet browser. Depending on the web browser you’re using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you’re seeing an unknown text similar to “http://site.addres” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the screen below.
Next, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you run the web browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the “Internet Security Alert” web site or any other unwanted web-pages. Once the step is done, we recommend to go to the next step.
Run free malware removal tools to completely remove “Internet Security Alert” fake alerts
If you’re not expert at personal computer technology, then we advise to use free removal tools listed below to get rid of “Internet Security Alert” pop up for good. The automatic solution is highly recommended. It has less steps and easier to implement than the manual way. Moreover, it lower risk of system damage. So, the automatic “Internet Security Alert” removal is a better option.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to remove “Internet Security Alert”
We recommend you to use the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your system of adware which shows misleading “Internet Security Alert” pop up on your computer. Moreover, the tool will allow you to remove potentially unwanted apps, malware, toolbars and browser hijackers that your computer can be infected too.
- Please go to the following link to download Zemana Free. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the downloading process is finished, please close all programs and open windows on your PC. Next, run a file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) onto your PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana will start and show the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan” button to detect adware that causes multiple misleading “Internet Security Alert” alerts and popups. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the tool is scanning, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- After the system scan is done, you will be shown the list of all found items on your PC.
- Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click the “Next” button. The tool will delete ad supported software that causes multiple misleading “Internet Security Alert” alerts and pop-ups and add items to the Quarantine. After that process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the PC.
- Close the Zemana AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Run Malwarebytes to delete “Internet Security Alert” pop up
Delete “Internet Security Alert” pop up scam manually is difficult and often the ad supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malware, PUPs, toolbars and hijackers that your machine can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 25, 2019
After downloading is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes will try to update itself and when this task is done, press the “Scan Now” button for scanning your machine for the adware which cause misleading “Internet Security Alert” pop-up to appear. Depending on your personal computer, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes Anti Malware is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified either as being malicious software. In order to get rid of all items, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Free is a free application that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal tool, we suggest you to read and follow the guidance or the video guide below.
Double-check for potentially unwanted apps with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a completely free tool. You don’t need expensive solutions to remove adware that displays misleading “Internet Security Alert” popup warnings on your PC system and other misleading apps. AdwCleaner will delete all the unwanted applications like ad supported software and hijacker infections at zero cost.
Visit the page linked below to download AdwCleaner. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: January 30, 2020
Once the download is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as displayed in the following example. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to open the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” for checking your machine for the adware which causes misleading “Internet Security Alert” pop-up on your browser. During the scan AdwCleaner will find out threats exist on your PC.
When the scan get finished, a list of all threats detected is prepared as on the image below.
In order to get rid of all items, simply press “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will delete ‘ad supported’ software which cause misleading “Internet Security Alert” popup scam to appear. After that process is finished, the tool may ask you to reboot your PC. After restart, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stop “Internet Security Alert” fake alerts
Use an adblocker tool such as AdGuard will protect you from harmful ads and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and block phishing and spam web-sites. Additionally, ad blocker applications will allow you to avoid annoying popup ads and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard from the following link. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is done, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions as shown on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop popup advertisements, “Internet Security Alert” popups, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
Tips to prevent “Internet Security Alert” popup and other unwanted apps
These days certain freeware authors bundle bundled apps that could be PUPs like this adware, with a view to making some money. These are not free programs as install an unwanted applications on to your Windows system. So whenever you install a new free program that downloaded from the World Wide Web, be very careful during install. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), choose custom or manual installation mode, uncheck all bundled software.
Now your computer should be clean of the adware that shows misleading “Internet Security Alert” fake alerts on your PC system. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popups and annoying harmful web-sites) and Zemana (to periodically scan your machine for new adwares and other malware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of “Internet Security Alert” fake alerts from the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.