Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR Scam

Also Known As: "Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR removal instructions

What is Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR?

Similar to Security Update Error, Microsoft Corporation HAS BLOCKED YOUR PC, Your Data Is At A Serious Risk, and many others, "Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR" is a fake error message displayed by a malicious website. Research shows that users are redirected to this site by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Research also shows that most of these PUPs infiltrate systems without consent. Potentially unwanted programs cause redirects, diminish system performance, generate 'malvertising' ads, and gather private data.

Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR adware

The "Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR" error states that the system has been infected with a trojan and, therefore, there is a significant risk of personal data leakage. Users are advised to eliminate malware immediately and encouraged to seek help from "Microsoft Help Desk" by calling the telephone number ("+1-844-734-4622") provided. These "technicians" then supposedly resolve this issue. Bear in mind, however, that "Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR" is fake and has nothing to do with Microsoft. It is a merely a scam - cyber criminals claim to be certified technicians and generate revenue by monetizing fake technical support. Research shows that these people often demand remote access to victims' computers. After gaining access, they install malware or modify various settings (for example, change passwords). Cyber criminals demand ransom payments or offer additional "help", which is also monetized. This fake message should be ignored. You can remove it by closing the browser or rebooting the system. Potentially unwanted programs are also known to misuse computer resources to perform various tasks (such as cryptocurrency mining, etc.) without consent. This significantly diminishes system performance. Another downside is display of ads. PUPs often deliver pop-ups, coupons, banners, and other similar ads by employing tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they often conceal underlying content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, some execute scripts that download/install malware or redirect users to other malicious websites. Even accidental clicks can result in high-risk computer infections. Furthermore, PUPs often record user-system information that might be personally identifiable. PUP developers sell the details to third parties for dubious marketing purposes. These actions are performed to generate revenue. Therefore, PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and browsing safety. You are strongly advised to eliminate them immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name"Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR" virus
Threat TypeAdware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
SymptomsSeeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageDecreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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The Internet is full of potentially unwanted programs, all of which are virtually identical. Most offer various "useful features", however, only a small fraction of provide any real value. Claims to enable various functionality are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Potentially unwanted programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. They misuse computer resources, promote suspicious websites (most of which are fake search engines), deliver intrusive ads (vai the "Pay Per Click" [PPC] advertising model), and record user-system information.

How did adware install on my computer?

To proliferate potentially unwanted programs, developers employ intrusive ads and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They do not properly disclose information regarding installation of third party programs - this information is concealed (usually within the "Custom/Advanced" settings). Therefore, rushing the download/installation processes and clicking various ads often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs, exposes systems to risk of various infections, and compromises your privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, be very cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general. Carefully analyze each download/installation step (especially the "Custom/Advanced" options) and decline offers to download/install additional applications. Third party download/installation set-ups often include unwanted applications, and it is risky to use these tools. Download your software from official/trusted sources using a direct download URL. Intrusive ads often seem legitimate and it is difficult to determine if they originate from the visited websites. If you have clicked ads that lead to dubious websites (such as adult dating, gambling, etc.) not relating to the promoted product, we strongly recommend that you to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions.

Text presented within "Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR" pop-up:

Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR
There was a dangerous try to get access to your personal logins & banking information.
Luckily, your Firewall managed to block this suspicious connection.
We recommend you to freeze your accounts until some measures will be taken.
There is a great threat of leaking of your personal data.
So, you need to respond swiftly!
Trojan Virus may have already hurt your hard disk and its data.
That is why we are checking and verifying your current system security.
Do not waste your time and consult one of our service centres or call us.
Contact Number +1-844-734-4622 (TOLL-FREE)
Your urgent response is needed.
Call Help Desk +1-844-734-4622

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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.

Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR 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 Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR 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 Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "microsoft edge critical error" 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 Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR  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 Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "microsoft edge critical error" 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 Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR 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 Microsoft Edge Critical ERROR ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "microsoft edge critical error" 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.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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