What is “Warning: Internet Security Damaged”?
For a moment or so you might think that something is seriously wrong with your computer as you see an alert in your computer saying “Warning: Internet Security Damaged”. Nothing is really wrong with your computer as it “Warning: Internet Security Damaged” is a tech support scam except that you might have to check your computer for any adware, browser hijacker or malware which caused the tech support scam to appear. Some users can’t really be blamed why they succumb to this tech support scam, especially the ones who has seen this for the first time – and if this is indeed the first time you have seen this kind of alert, calm your juices as it is nothing but a scam meant to scare naïve users and make them call some “help desk”. And that’s something you shouldn’t do as the crooks behind this scam might only trick you into giving them remote access to your PC or charge you for an unnecessary service.
Here are some of the context of the “Warning: Internet Security Damaged” tech support scam:
“Warning: Internet Security Damaged!!!
A Suspicious Connection Was Trying to Access Your Logins, Banking Details & Tracking Your Internet Activity.
Your TCP Connection Was Blocked by Your Firewall. Your Accounts May be Suspended Until You Take an Action. Your Personal Information May Have Leaked. IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED. Your Hard Disk May Have Trojan Virus! Please Do Not Try to Fix Manually. It May Crash Your Data. Consequently, we are performing additional security checks to verify system, security. Please Visit Your Nearest Windows Service Centre OR Call Help Desk Customer Service +1 844-347-5037 (TOLL-FREE)”
A lot of tech support scam like “Warning: Internet Security Damaged” scam often use Microsoft’s name just to make them seem more believable. It’s really preposterous as Microsoft has long since cleared out that they don’t have anything to do with these kinds of shenanigans.
How do you come across this kind of tech support scam?
As mentioned earlier, tech support scams like “Warning: Internet Security Damaged” are mostly triggered by some adware-type of program installed in your computer. Now if you notice some suspicious-looking program in your computer and you don’t recall ever installing it, then that’s probably because this adware program might have sneak its way into your computer when you installed some software bundle. All software bundles do not only contain one program and basically has other additional programs hidden in it that when users install the bundle using only a quick setup they end up installing all the programs in the bundle without even realizing it. So the adware behind “Warning: Internet Security Damaged” have gotten in when you install the bundle. The next time you install these kinds of software packages, make sure that you don’t use the quick setup but only the Custom or Advanced setup as they reveal the other optional downloads added in the bundle.
Terminate “Warning: Internet Security Damaged” scam from your computer as well as the adware behind it by going over these steps:
Step 1: Reboot your PC to Safe Mode with Networking.
- For Windows 8 users, tap Win + Ikeys, while for Windows 10 users click the Start menu icon on the Taskbar.
- Click the Power button and then click Reset while pressing down the Shift key.
- Open the Troubleshoot menu and go to the Advanced Options.
- Click Startup settings and click restart to open the boot menu.
- Tap F4 or F5 keys for Safe Mode with Networking.
For older versions of Windows, refer to the advanced step to reboot your PC into Safe Mode with Networking.
Step 2: Tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager.
Step 3: Go to the Processes tab and look for any suspicious process that may have something to do with the “Warning: Internet Security Damaged” scam.
Step 4: Open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then tap Enter or click OK.
Step 5: Look for Desktop Cleaner or any other suspicious program that could be related to the “Warning: Internet Security Damaged”scam and then Uninstall it.
Step 6: Tap Win + E keys to open the File Explorer.
Step 7: Navigate to the following directories and look for the malicious files related to the tech support scam or the adware program.
- %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% or %PROGRAMFILES%
Step 8: Also look for fake adware’s installer or the software bundle it came with and remove them.
Step 9: Close the File Explorer.
Step 10: Reset all your browsers to default.
- Launch Google Chrome, press Alt + F, move to More tools, and click Extensions.
- Look for suspicious browser extensions or any unwanted add-on, click the Recycle Bin button, and choose Remove.
- Restart Google Chrome, then tap Alt + F, and select Settings.
- Navigate to the On Startup section at the bottom.
- Select “Open a specific page or set of pages”.
- Click the More actions button next to the hijacker and click Remove.
- Open the browser and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
- Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
- Select Options and then move to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section and then restart the browser.
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Tap Alt + T and select Internet options.
- Click the General tab and then overwrite the URL under the homepage section.
- Click OK to save the changes.
Step 11: Empty your Recycle Bin.
To ensure the removal of “Warning: Internet Security Damaged” and its components, follow the advanced guide below:
Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOSscreen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Optionuse the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Boxwill show up.
- Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro
A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.
- A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading SpyRemover Pro. Installation will start automatically once download is done.
- After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.
- Register SpyRemover Pro to protect your computer from future threats.