About "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus: What is it and how to Remove it Correctly?
Have you noticed that your browser is slow and unresponsive? Is your PC starting to be bombarded by intrusive pop-up ads that may urge you to install various software updates, enter personal data for this purpose and send notifications in your browser? Also, when you click on website links, do you end up on completely different sites that look suspicious? You have infected your computer with the "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus.
What is "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus, and how does it work?
"Microsoft System Security Alert" virus is considered to be the part of the software that displays ads. The virus takes over the browser to track user activity, showing deceptive ads and redirecting to dangerous sites. It happens that a virus takes over an entire PC.
"Microsoft System Security Alert" virus is a program that gets onto the computer without the user's knowledge. The browser is disrupted and excessive ads, flashing pop-ups, banners, links, and more appear. In most cases, the purpose of "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus is to generate revenue for the developer.
"Microsoft System Security Alert" virus Types
"Microsoft System Security Alert" virus has two main types: those that appear through downloading an unverified program and those that occur after.
What are the consequences of "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus?
Do you suspect that your PC has been infected by "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus? Then pay attention to its symptoms:
- The browser is slow and often abruptly stops working.
- Ad banners often attack any site you're on.
- The browser's home page changes, and you can't change it back.
- Visiting any site redirects you to a completely different area.
- Unknown toolbars/plugins/extensions appear.
- Several pop-up ads may open at once.
- Unwanted applications are installed on your computer on their own.
How do you remove "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus?
There are different circumstances of Adware manifestations, but there are several ways that can help:
- It would help if you used the browser settings tool to reset its home page. You can also reinstall the browser.
- Remove "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus from Control Panel.
Use AVarmor, whose specialization is focused on "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus removal. This program can properly scan and remove unwanted "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus, its files, and registry changes.
Method 1: Remove "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus from browsers
If the problems with the browser remain unchanged, then the user should manually try to remove all unwanted plug-ins, extensions, and settings. Let's understand how to do it in different browsers.
Reset all current Internet Explorer settings. You need to reset them to their defaults so that the Internet Explorer browser returns to its original state.
- Click the gear symbol (top right corner).
- Navigate to Internet Options.
- Select Advanced.
- Click on Reset Settings.
- Now check Delete personal settings. Click on Reset.
- Close each Internet Explorer window and restart it.
Reset all Firefox settings because you need to reset the browser to its default settings.
- Go to the Firefox menu.
- Select Help.
- Choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on Update Firefox.
- Click on Reset Firefox.
- Close each open browser window and restart Firefox.
The current Chrome settings need to be reset to their defaults so that Google Chrome goes back to the way it was from the beginning.
- Click the Chrome menu icon.
- Go to Settings.
- Under Settings, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you select Show advanced settings.
- Once again, go to the bottom of the page to choose Reset Browser Settings.
- Click Reset and restart the browser.
Reset all current Microsoft Edge settings.
- Click the "..." sign on the Edge menu.
- Select Extensions.
- Look at the recently installed browser add-ons and select the ones you want to remove.
- Now change the home page settings.
- Once again, click on "...".
- Go to Settings.
- Go to the On Startup section.
- In this area, find a adware and disable it.
Reset all current Safari settings
- Go to the Safari menu.
- Select Preferences.
- The Preferences window will appear where you need to select Extensions. Look for recently installed extensions.
- Uninstall each recently installed extension.
- Go to the Preferences window and choose General, where the home page should be set to the desired URL.
Method 2: Remove "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus from Control Panel
To fix the situation, you need to go to the Windows Control Panel. Each version of the operating system has its way:
Windows 8: right-click in the lower-left corner, where you select the Control Panel.
Windows XP, 7, 10, Vista: go to Start, where you must select the Control Panel.
Now set View By small icons. Windows XP has its method: click Switch to the classic view on the left.
- Open Programs and Features. In Windows XP, you open Add or Remove Programs.
- Click on Installed On to sort each program by the installation date.
- Find "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus and remove it immediately.
- Additionally, uninstall all unknown programs that have been installed on the PC recently.
Method 3: Use AVarmor
The antivirus program will find the malware and then remove it from your browser and PC.
First, you need to download AVarmor and run it. After the scan is complete, you need to select the found objects, which will be located in the Registry and Web Browsers tabs. Boldly delete each found object to clear your computer.
How do you prevent the "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus?
Here are ways to protect your PC from adware
- To avoid having adware downloaded to your computer, you should be careful when surfing the Internet and not visit untrustworthy and suspicious websites.
- Do not download freeware. You should only download software from reputable sites.
- You should avoid clicking on advertisements/notifications when browsing the web. For example, a virus often may notify you that your PC is already infected, so you should install the antivirus that it offers itself.
- Constantly update the OS on each of your devices. More outdated systems are vulnerable to viruses.
- We recommend scanning every file you download with AVarmor, which will protect your PC in real-time from "Microsoft System Security Alert" virus.