Your Device Is Under Threat Scam

Also Known As: "Your Device Is Under Threat" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Your Device Is Under Threat removal instructions

What is Your Device Is Under Threat?

Displayed by a malicious website, "Your Device Is Under Threat" is a fake error similar to Threats Detected, Microsoft Has Blocked The Computer, Firewall Breach Detected, and many others. Research shows that users are redirected to this website by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that are likely to infiltrate systems without permission. In addition, potentially unwanted programs also run unwanted processes, deliver 'malvertising' ads (pop-ups, coupons, banners, etc.), and gather various information.

Your Device Is Under Threat adware

"Your Device Is Under Threat" error states that the system has detected suspicious activity caused by a type of malware. It goes on to state that, due to this computer infection, private details (logins/passwords, banking information, etc.) might be at risk and, therefore, users should immediately contact certified technicians via a telephone number ("+1-888-316-8777") provided, otherwise the presence of the malware will lead to permanent data loss and serious privacy issues. In fact, "Your Device Is Under Threat" error is fake, a scam - cyber criminals generate revenue by tricking users into calling and paying for technical support that is not required. The malware simply does not exist. Furthermore, criminals usually ask victims to grant remote access to their computers. Once connected, they stealthily install malware and/or change system settings. They then claim to "detect" more errors/issues and offer their help for an additional fee. For these reasons, we strongly advise you to ignore "Your Device Is Under Threat" and never call the telephone number. You can remove this error by closing the web browser (preferably, via Task Manager) or restarting the computer.

Be aware that some potentially unwanted programs and malicious websites mine cryptocurrency or run other unwanted processes in the background, without permission. In doing so, these websites and PUPs significantly diminish computer performance. Furthermore, PUPs continually deliver various intrusive ads. These are delivered using various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they conceal underlying website content, significantly diminishing users' Internet browsing experience. In addition, displayed ads typically lead to malicious websites and, in some cases, execute scripts designed to download/install malware. Clicking them can thus cause high-risk computer infections. Furthermore, potentially unwanted programs gather various information (e.g., IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, keystrokes, etc.) that usually includes personal details. Developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal information to generate revenue. Thus, information tracking might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly advise you to uninstall all potentially unwanted programs immediately.

As mentioned above, "Your Device Is Under Threat" shares many similarities with dozens of other fake errors. All claim that the system is damaged, infected, missing files or corrupted in other similar ways. These claims are merely attempts to extort money from unsuspecting users by scaring and tricking them into purchasing unnecessary services. All potentially unwanted programs are virtually identical. Most offer various useful features, however, only a small percentage of PUPs provide the functionality promised - they are useless for regular users. Rather than providing any real value, potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

PUPs are typically proliferated using 'malvertising' ads and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, since many users are careless and lack knowledge of these threats, potentially unwanted programs often infiltrate systems without permission. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party programs together with regular software/apps. Developers conceal "bundled" apps within the "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. Many users click various ads without considering the possible consequences. Furthermore, they rush download/installation processes and skip steps. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs/malware.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In most cases, installation of potentially unwanted programs can be prevented simply by paying close attention when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Carefully analyze each window (especially the "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation dialogues and cancel all additionally-included programs. Furthermore, be aware that unofficial downloaders/installers are monetized by promoting dubious apps (the "bundling" method). Therefore, we strongly advise you to avoid using such tools. Most malicious ads appear legitimate, however, once clicked, they redirect to various dubious websites (e.g., adult dating, gambling, pornography, etc.) If you encounter such ads, immediately remove all suspicious programs and browser add-ons.

Text presented within the first pop-up:

Windows Defender Security Centre
Your device is under threat.
turn on Real-time protection?
Virus&threat Protection
Real-time protection is off,
Leaving your device vulnerable.
Device performance & health. No action needed.
Firewall & network Protection. No action needed.

Screenshot of the second pop-up:

Your Device Is Under Threat Scam second popup

Text presented within the second pop-up:

The server - is asking for your user name and password. The server reports that it is from Suspicious activity detected on your IP address
due to harmful virus installed in your computer. Call Toll Free now +1-888-316-8777 for any assistance. Your data is at a serious risk. There
is a system file missing due to some harmful virus Debug malware error, system failure. Please contact technicians to rectify this issue. Please
do not open Internet browser for your security issue to avoid data corruption on your operating system. Please contact technicians at Toll free
helpline at +1-888-316-8777 PLEASE DO NOT SHUT DOWN OR RESTART YOUR COMPUTER, DOING THAT MAY LEAD TO DATA LOSS AND FAILURE OF OPERATING SYSTEM,
HENCE NON BOOTABLE SITUATION RESULTING COMPLETE DATA LOSS. CONTACT ADMINISTRATOR DEPARTMENT TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE ON TOLL FREE +1-888-316-8777
Warning: Your user name and password will be sent using basic authentication on a connection that isn't secure.

The appearance of "Your Device Is Under Threat" pop-up (GIF):

Your Device Is Under Threat scam gif

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.

Your Device Is Under Threat 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.


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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 Your Device Is Under Threat 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 Your Device Is Under Threat ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your device is under threat" 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 Your Device Is Under Threat  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 Your Device Is Under Threat ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your device is under threat" 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 Your Device Is Under Threat 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 Your Device Is Under Threat ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "your device is under threat" 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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