Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private removal instructions
What is Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private?
"Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private" is a fake error message displayed by various malicious websites. Research shows that in most cases users visit these sites inadvertently. They are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive ads delivered by other rogue sites. Potentially unwanted programs are likely to infiltrate systems without users' consent and in addition to causing redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements, gather sensitive data, and even run unwanted background processes.
"Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private" states that the system has detected a type of infection and, for this reason, it has been blocked. The malware poses a direct threat to users' privacy (personal data such as logins/passwords, banking details, might be stolen). Therefore, it is recommended that users remove the virus immediately. To achieve this, they must contact Microsoft's engineers via a toll-free telephone number ("0800-088-5277") and follow the instructions provided. Despite these statements, the entire "Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private" error is fake and has nothing to do with Microsoft. Cyber criminals generate revenue by scaring and tricking users into calling and paying for tech support that is not required - your computer is probably secure. Cyber criminals abuse users' trust. For these reasons, "Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private" should be ignored. Never call the aforementioned telephone number and removed the message simply by closing the web browser. Note that some sites employ scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, eliminate the browser via Task Manager or simply reboot the system. After re-running the browser, do not restore the previous session, otherwise you will return to the malicious site.
As mentioned above, potentially unwanted programs deliver various intrusive ads (e.g., coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.) To achieve this, developers employ tools (e.g., "virtual layers") that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, these ads often redirect to malicious websites and run scripts that stealthily download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, even a single accidental click can result in high-risk computer infections. Another important downside is information tracking. Research shows that PUPs typically gather keystrokes, websites visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geo-locations, and other data that might include personal details that PUP developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) to generate revenue. These people purchase data, misusing personal details to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of information-tracking app(s) can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. PUPs also mine cryptocurrencies or run other unwanted processes without consent. By misusing system resources, PUPs significantly reduce overall system performance. For these reasons, all potentially unwanted programs must be uninstalled immediately.
There are many fake errors similar to "Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private". The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) This Build Of Windows 10 Is Corrupted, Windows Defender Security Center, Something Went Wrong With Your Internet Service, and Windows Firewall Warning Alert. All claim that the system is damaged (e.g., infected, missing files, etc.), however, these claims are merely attempts to extort money from unsuspecting users. All potentially unwanted programs are very similar. By offering a wide range of "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, but are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functions promised, PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?
Some PUPs are known to have official download websites, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, potentially unwanted programs typically infiltrate systems without permission. Developers proliferate PUPs using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps. PUP developers do not disclose these installations properly - they hide "bundled" PUPs within "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. Therefore, rushing download/installation processes, skipping steps, and clicking various advertisements often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and, especially when downloading/installing software. Remember that intrusive ads may seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious websites. If you experience these redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. We strongly recommend that you avoid using third party download/installation set-ups, since developers monetize them by promoting PUPs. Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links.
Second pop-up of "Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private" scam:
Text presented in this pop-up:
www.support.microsoft.com says :
** YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED **
Error # 268D3
Please call us immediately at: ' 0800-088-5277 '
Do not ignore this critical alert.
If you close this page, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage to our network.
Your computer has alerted us that it has been infected with a virus and spyware. The following information is being stolen...
>Credit Card Details
>Email Account Login
>Photos stored on this computer
You must contact us immediately so that our engineers can walk you through the removal process over the phone. Please call us within the next 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled.
Toll Free: 0800-088-5277
Prevent this page from creating additional dialogs
The appearance of "Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private" pop-up (GIF):
- What is Your Connection To This Site Is Not Private?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted programs:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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 rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your connection to this site is not private" 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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 and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your connection to this site is not private" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with "your connection to this site is not private" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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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