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What is Microsoft Warning alert on Edge and how to get rid of it?

By Eunice Samson | August 14, 2018 |

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Criminals take advantage of every opportunity to lure unsuspecting victims into submitting their sensitive details and financial information. Phishing scams have even made their way into Microsoft Edge. Some users complained that they would constantly see fraudulent and malicious pop-ups, warning them of an alleged virus attack. Those who knew better easily recognized this as a way for criminals to lead them into making rash decisions. Most of the time, the pop-up message would prompt the user to send their personal credentials to commence the repair process.

When you encounter something like this, you should stay calm and learn how to remove Microsoft Warning Alert from Edge on Windows 10. Do not click any links or submit your personal details. Don’t worry because we’ve listed the things you can do to get rid of this issue.

What is the ‘Microsoft Warning Alert’ on Edge?

In some cases, when this alert message appears on Edge, it freezes the browser. You might even see these ominous warnings:



“Brace yourself!”

“Your computer has a serious virus!”

If you see those pop-up messages, just relax because you have nothing to worry about. Typically, this is just an attempt to scare an unknowing Edge user. Before, this was common in Mozilla and Google Chrome, and many users became victims of phishing scams. However, after the security features of these browsers were enhanced, these malicious pop-ups were almost absolutely eliminated. On the other hand, since Edge is still relatively new, it is still susceptible to such threats and attacks.

Some unsuspecting users might be urged to provide their Windows license, their personal data, or their money. So, you should not fall for it. If you need to be genuinely alarmed, your antivirus or your system will send you a timely notification. If you’re still worried, you should have a reliable third-party security tool like Auslogics Anti-Malware. This tool can catch items that your Windows Defender may miss, making your computer more secure.


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Of course, you might ask, “How do I get rid of warning alert from Microsoft?” Well, the first thing you can do is kill the Microsoft Edge process on Task Manager. After that, follow the steps below to remove the malicious pop-up message from your browser completely.

How to Remove Microsoft Warning Alert from Edge on Windows 10

Before you proceed, you should know that the difficulty level of the steps we’re going to share will progress as you move along. Nonetheless, these have been tested by several users to be effective.

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  1. When you see the malicious pop-up message, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Go to the Processes tab, then terminate Edge.
  3. Now, you must launch Microsoft Edge without using the app shortcut. You can do this by clicking Windows Key+S. Type any search term, then press Enter. For instance, you can type ‘sweat-proof water bottles’—anything under the sun.
  4. Right-click the tab you’ve just opened, then close the other tabs.
  5. Exit Edge. The next time you launch Microsoft Edge, the malicious pop-up should be gone.

After following those steps, you must scan your system, ensuring that there is no browser hijacker. You can do this using Windows Defender and Auslogics Anti-Malware. The latter detects cookies that collect your personal data and track your activities. Moreover, it analyzes auto-start items and suspicious entries in the registry. It will also prevent data leaks by scanning your browser extensions.

If malware has hijacked your Edge browser, modifying the default home page, you can follow these instructions:

  1. Launch Edge.
  2. Go to the upper-right part of your browser, then click the three dots that are horizontally aligned. This should open your browser options.
  3. Select Settings from the list.
  4. Scroll down and click Advanced Settings.
  5. Under the ‘Show the home button’ section, you will see a drop-down list. If your browser has been hijacked, this option would be set to ‘A specific page’. You can change the URL or choose Start Page from the list.

Essential Tips for Secure Online Surfing

Of course, after all the stress you went through, you would want to prevent malicious pop-ups from infecting your browser again. Well, you can do this by getting an ad-blocker. Thankfully, Microsoft Edge now supports extensions. So, make sure you visit the Microsoft Store soon and get an ad-blocking extension. Aside from that, you should not allow cookies from all sites. You should only accept them if they come from a trusted source.

It is also beneficial to have a trusted anti-virus/anti-malware. This tool should be able to protect you from threats and attacks. As we’ve mentioned, Auslogics Anti-Malware is a great option when it comes to this topic. It has been designed to be compatible with Microsoft products. So, it won’t interfere with Windows Defender and your system.

Is there anything related to the issue that we failed to cover in this article?

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