FIX: Fake virus alert popup in Microsoft Edge

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With Windows 10 came a new web browser called Edge and many people have switched to Edge due to its speed.

Although Edge is a major improvement over Internet Explorer, some users are getting fake virus alert popups in Edge.

Online security is an important part of everyday web surfing and knowing which alerts are real and which are a scam is very important.

In this article we compiled a list that will help you fix the fake alert pop-up, so keep reading.

Quick Tip:

If you are concerned and tired about getting false virus alerts, then switching to a different browser is much quicker than trying to troubleshoot your old one.

On that note, we recommend that you try Opera. It’s secure, it has fraud & malware protection and it not annoying with unnecessary pop-ups and alerts.

The browser allows you to manage all your desktop notifications for different announcements, so you won’t be bothered.

You’ll also keep your device safe with the built-in scanner that alerts you of potentially harmful files, and the free VPN and ad-blocker will diminish any risk of downloading any corrupted files.



Keeping your device secure is the top priority for this web browser. No fake alerts with the free, built-in VPN.

How can I fix fake virus alert in Microsoft Edge?

1. Access Microsoft Edge settings using the Search bar

  1. Go to the Search bar and type Edge settings into it.
  2. Click the results and you should get Edge opened in new window.
  3. Now click the three dots in the top right corner. fake virus alert microsoft edge1
  4. In the dropdown menu choose Settings. fake virus alert microsoft edge2
  5. Click on Choose what to clear button in Clear browsing data section. fake virus alert microsoft edge3
  6. Select Browsing history, Cookies and saved website data, Cached data and files and Download history.fake virus alert microsoft edge4
  7. Click Clear.
  8. Restart Edge.

2. Disable your Internet connection

The simplest way to disable your internet connection is to unplug the cable from your computer. After it has been turned off, start your Edge browser.

Now you’ll be able to access the Settings and change the default start page or clear browsing data like in the previous solution.

That would be all, we hope these solutions helped you solve the problem with fake virus alerts in Microsoft Edge.

If you have any comments or questions, just reach for the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Edge

  • How do I get rid of fake warnings in Microsoft Edge?

To remove the fake warning in Microsoft Edge, try to access Edge settings and clear the browsing cache and cookies.

  • Why am I getting a warning from Microsoft Edge?

This warning in Edge is a scam made by malicious users. Just close the tab on which the error message appears to get rid of it forever.

  • How do you know if a virus alert is real?

If you get a virus message anywhere outside of your antivirus, it’s certain that the virus alert is fake.

  • Does Microsoft send pop up warnings?

No, Microsoft doesn’t send pop-up warnings. If you notice any pop-up warnings in your browser, it’s definitely a scam that you should remove.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2015 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.