Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet Scam

Also Known As: "Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet removal instructions

What is Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet?

"Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet" is a fake pop-up error message displayed by a malicious website. Users are redirected to this site by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that infiltrate systems during installation of regular software (the "bundling" method). As well as causing redirects, PUPs deliver intrusive online advertisements and record various user-system information.

Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet adware

This pop-up states that there is a security breach and, therefore, the Firewall has blocked Internet access and the issue must be resolved immediately. Users are encouraged to contact "Microsoft's technical support" via a telephone number ("+1-888-81403477") provided. Victims then supposedly receive help in resolving the issue. Bear in mind, however, that "Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet" is a scam. Cyber criminals attempt to scare and trick victims into calling and paying for technical support that is not required. Therefore, never call the aforementioned telephone number. This error can be removed simply by closing the web browser. As mentioned above, PUPs also deliver various intrusive advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ a "virtual layer" - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, pop-ups, banners, coupons, and other displayed ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, these ads can lead to malicious websites and even accidental clicks might result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. PUPs record IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, mouse/keyboard activity, geo-locations, and other similar data that might contain private details. This information is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private details to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, we recommend that you uninstall all PUPs immediately.

"Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet" is very similar to Windows Warning Alert, Windows Health Is Critical, Your Windows Is Infected, and dozens of other fake error messages displayed by malicious websites. As with Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet, these pop-ups also state that the system is damaged in certain ways, however, their purpose is identical: to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, you should never believe any statements from these parties. PUPs are have a similar role. By offering various 'useful features', they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, rather than providing any value for regular users, PUPs cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements, and gather various user-system data.

How did adware install on my computer?

Criminals proliferate PUPs by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", since they know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, bundled apps are hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings. Skip this section often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent system infiltration by PUPs. Firstly, closely analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of those already included.

Text presented within "Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet" pop-up:

WINDOWS FIREWALL BLOCKED THE INTERNET DUE TO SECURITY BREACH
Please Do Not Shut Down Or Restart Your Computer.
Call Microsoft +1-888-81403477 Get Instant Help On Security Issues. Call On Our Toll Free Number.
Instant Help Without Waiting
Call +1-888-81403477 (Toll Free) and Improve Your Computer’s Health
Be Updated With Windows Our Professional Will Keep you Updated with Latest Software.
Know About Safe Browser
Learn About Safe Browsing Get info on +1-888-81403477
Call Microsoft +1-888-81403477 (Toll Free)

The server is asking for your user name and password. The server reports that is is from 0x80070424 Warning: Firewall Security Breach Detection! Please Call Support +1-888-81403477.

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "windows firewall blocked the internet" virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "windows firewall blocked the internet" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Windows Firewall Blocked The Internet ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "windows firewall blocked the internet" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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