How do I get rid of all of these security warnings?

Donald asks:

How do I eliminate the security warnings that pop up every time I open a new page?

Donald’s question has two answers.

Answer #1: They are fake security warnings

Donald notes that the warnings “pop up” and happen every time he opens a new page, which makes us think they might not be real. Donald might be seeing fake warnings because his computer is infected with rogue security software.   

Rogue security software (also known as “scareware”) creates pop-up warnings that look like legitimate security updates. It provides limited or no security and generates erroneous or misleading alerts. Some rogue security software also attempts to lure users into participating in fraudulent transactions.

You can run a free PC safety scan that will help locate and remove the problem if your computer is infected. If you don’t have anti-virus software installed or you want to try a different one, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials (free).

Answer #2: Adjust your security settings

The security warnings that Donald is seeing might be real Internet Explorer security warnings, which could indicate that a website he’s trying to visit could be dangerous. If you see these warnings, follow the instructions. If you know that the sites you’re visiting are safe and you’re still seeing these warnings, your security settings might be set too high.

To adjust Internet Explorer security settings

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button  and then clicking Internet Explorer.
  2. On the menu bar, click Tools, and then click Internet options.
  3. Click the Security tab.
  4. Adjust the security level by moving the slider up or down.
Learn more about how to change your Internet Explorer security settings.
About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »