How to remove “Your device is under threat” pop-up?

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Issue: How to remove “Your device is under threat” pop-up?

Hi guys. For the last couple of days Windows Defender keeps showing a notification, which says “Your device is under threat.” It says to turn on virus protection. OK, so I opened Windows Defender and double checked that virus protection is on. I also ran a scan, but no threats were found. So messy… What should I do?

Solved Answer

Cyber criminals started spreading a new type of Tech-Support-Scam,[1] which is currently referred to as “Your device is under threat” alert. Just like other scams, this one shows up on a web browser and reports a spyware/riskware infection.

In comparison to Windows Support Alert, Windows has detected a malicious virus, Google Chrome fatal error and other scams, “Your device is under threat” scam diverges from the rest as it mimics the interface of Windows Defender. People see a window identical to Windows Defender Security Center, which shows a Virus & Threat Protection feature[2] disabled.

On the right side of the browser’s window, “Your device is under threat” pop-up features a fake Action Center, which urges to turn on virus protection and call for remote tech support to prevent system from damage and data loss.

The “Your device is under threat” scam is not malicious, so once you see it, close your web browser’s window and check the system for malware. In general, tech support scam alerts are caused by adware infection, which might be installed onto your PC along with a free program like a download manager or PDF converter.“Your device is under threat” scam removal

However, the “Your device is under threat” is rather misleading as its developers managed to create is very realistic and professional. People who got tricked to call for supposed technicians reported that this scam is dedicated for spreading shady system optimizer.[3] The latter mimics the performance of genuine optimization tools, but instead of reporting existing PC’s problems, they provide a list of fake problems, all of which are predetermined and fake. This way, developers of third-party optimization programs seek to sell the licenses of their programs. Do not fall for this trick as you don’t need a useless optimizer.

If you think that such a tool would be of use for you, we would recommend installing Reimage. It’s a reputable optimization tool, which will help you to remove the “Your device is under threat” scam and fix other problems, such as registry errors, cached temporary files, corrupted system files, and similar.

Nevertheless, the “Your device is under threat” error can be fixed manually. If you opt for removing this malware manually, you can use a removal tutorial given below.

 “Your device is under threat” scam removal

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  • Close your web browser's window. If you cannot do that i a usual way, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and open Windows Task Manager.
  • Find the process of your web browser, click on it, and select End Task.

Close your web browser

Now you have to options – either remove “Your device is under threat” adware automatically using Reimage or another professional anti-malware, or uninstall malware manually. If you prefer the latter methods, please perform the steps:

  •  Press Windows key + I and open Apps section. (Windows 10)
  • In earlier Windows versions you should navigate to Control Panel -> Programs & Features.
  • Carefully check the list of installed programs. Uninstall unknown programs or the ones that you did not install purposely. 
  • Click on the unwanted program and select Uninstall.

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  • Then open your web browser (do not restore the last browsing session) and reset its default settings. NOTE: it's a must to reset web browser's defaults regardless whether you removed malware automatically or manually. Otherwise malicious browser plug-ins may keep pushing the “Your device is under threat” alert while you browse. 

Reset web browser

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You can uninstall this program with the help of the step-by-step guide presented to you by experts. To save your time, we have also selected tools that will help you carry out this task automatically. If you are in a hurry or if you feel that you are not experienced enough to uninstall the program by your own, feel free to use these solutions:

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Prevent websites, ISP, and other parties from tracking you

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

Therefore, to stay completely anonymous and prevent the ISP and the government from spying on you, you should employ Private Internet Access VPN. It will allow you to connect to the internet while being completely anonymous, prevent trackers, ads, as well as malicious content. Most importantly, you will prevent the illegal surveillance activities that NSA and other governmental institutions are performing behind your back.


Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

About the author
Julie Splinters - Computer optimization specialist

When it comes to computer optimization, Julie Splinters is the expert. Whether it is a slow smartphone, Windows, Mac or Linux operating system, she will find a solution within minutes.

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