FIX: Fake virus alert popup in Microsoft Edge

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • Microsoft Edge is the default browser on Windows 10, and just like any other browser, it has its share of issues.
  • Regarding issues, many users reported fake virus alert in Microsoft Edge.
  • To fix this problem, make sure your clear your cache or reset Edge to the default.
  • We covered Edge extensively in the past, and if you want to learn more about Microsoft Edge, be sure to check out our Edge hub.
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With Windows 10 came a new web browser called Edge and many people have switched to Edge do to its speed.

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

How do 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. Here set up the new start page and when you’re done with that click on Choose what to clear button in Clear browsing data section. fake virus alert microsoft edge3
  6. Now you can choose what to clear. The best practice is to select Browsing history, Cookies and saved website data, Cached data and files and Download history.fake virus alert microsoft edge4
  7. After you’ve done with that click Clear.
  8. Your issues should now be resolved. All that you have to do now is to restart Edge for changes to take effect.

2. Disable your Internet connection and change the default start page

  1. Disable your Internet connection. The simplest way to do this is to unplug the cable from your computer.
  2. After your internet connection has been turned off start Edge browser.
  3. Now you’ll be able to access Settings and change the default start page or clear browsing data like in the previous solution.

That would be all, I hope these solutions helped you to solve the problem with fake virus alert 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.

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