Stop “McAfee: Virus found (3)” Fake Alert Pop-up

This page was published to guide you with the proper removal of "McAfee: Virus found (3)" redirect and pop-up ads. Part of the procedures are Scanner for Quick Removal, Manual Removal, and steps to Reset the Browser Program.

“McAfee: Virus found (3)” is an online scam. It presents an alarming and fake alert in order to mislead unsuspecting computer users. Cyber scammers try to make them believe that their system is truly infected with computer viruses. To prevent further damage and to remove the identified threats, it advises to call designated customer service or download recommended tool.

We have to warn you that calling to their support hotline is a bad idea. The scammer will just confirm to you that your computer is indeed in trouble that is why “McAfee: Virus found (3)” alert appear. To resolve the said issue, the actors behind this scam will insist you to subscribe to a service or purchase a program that you don’t really need.

As soon as you encountered “McAfee: Virus found (3)” warning on your computer, all you have to do is to remove the root infection. At this point, you have to eliminate the adware program which causing this fake alert to appear. Keep in mind that “McAfee: Virus found (3)” was purely created by people with malicious intention, specifically to collect money from unsuspecting computer users. One of the fake pop-up alert is known to be displaying this message:

Viruses found (5)
Your computer is damaged by suspicious programs! To remove viruses, click here.

Screenshot of McAfee: Virus found

To avoid this kind of potential threat, you have to be more vigilant when adding plug-ins, extensions, or add-on to your browser. Take note that “McAfee: Virus found (3)” is often spread out through third-party application. Hence, when downloading and installing free programs, see to it that you keep your eyes keen along with the entire setup process. This is to ensure that there is no extra item installed aside from your chosen software.

"McAfee: Virus found (3)" Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting browser hijacker and pop-ups.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Delete Suspicious Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove any suspicious the extension from the affected browser program.

Remove Malicious Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find questionable entry and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

Uninstall Malware Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for suspicious object and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that "McAfee: Virus found (3)" is also gone from the internet browser app.

Remove suspicious Add-ons from Internet Explorer and Edge Browser

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If "McAfee: Virus found (3)" is still present on the IE browser and there are still unwanted homepage and pop-ups, another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

4. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

5. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

7. Select doubtful item or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Step 2 : Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner for Windows

Combo Cleaner is a trusted PC security and optimization tool equipped with powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of pop-up and redirect adware like "McAfee: Virus found (3)" through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

CC for Windows Installation

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the signature file, please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like "McAfee: Virus found (3)", click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

CC for Windows Start Scan

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete "McAfee: Virus found (3)" pop-up and redirect including all malicious objects from the computer.

Free features of Combo Cleaner for Windows include Disk Cleaner, Big Files finder, Duplicate files finder, and Uninstaller. To use antivirus, privacy scanner, and to delete identified threats, users have to upgrade to a premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if your are comfortable to manually get rid of the threat and malicious items linked with it.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of "McAfee: Virus found (3)" on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces hijacking, redirects, and pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by "McAfee: Virus found (3)" pop-up.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.


4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to "McAfee: Virus found (3)". It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with the hijacker.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by "McAfee: Virus found (3)" pop-up. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with "McAfee: Virus found (3)". The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from "McAfee: Virus found (3)". This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of "McAfee: Virus found (3)".
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed "McAfee: Virus found (3)" extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to "McAfee: Virus found (3)". This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. "McAfee: Virus found (3)" should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.
2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.
3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference. Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by "McAfee: Virus found (3)" and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

Get rid of Malware URL Pop-ups (Notification)

Most of the time, browser hijackers are combined with intrusive pop-up ads originating from the source website Malware URL. It is taking advantage of push notification feature of popular internet programs like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Edge. These pop-up ads from Malware URL are extra ordinary as it exceeds the normal display volume and they are certainly annoying.

Normally, Malware URL pop-ups will start to bombard internet browser screen with pop-ups if web user was deceived to click “Allow” button that triggers the said website to send push notification. To stop Malware URL from showing the pop-ups, please execute the procedures below. Remember, these steps may only be successful after the removal of the main component or dubious browser extension.

Google Chrome

1. On Google Chrome browser, input the following in the address bar and press Enter:


2. Navigate to the list under "Allow" section and look for Malware URL.

3. Click the ellipses (3 dots) beside Malware URL list to reveal the options.

Chrome Push Notification

4. Click on Block or Remove to stop Malware URL from displaying pop-up ads on Google Chrome browser.

6. Please restart Google Chrome browser.

Mozilla Firefox

1. On Mozilla Firefox browser, type the following in the address bar and press Enter key:


2. Navigate below to Permission area and look for Notifications.

Firefox Notification Settings

3. Click the Settings button aligned with the Notifications.

4. Look for Malware URL entry and change the Status to Block.

Block Notification from Firefox

5. Click on Save Changes and restart Mozilla Firefox and check if Malware URL pop-up is gone.

Safari (Mac)

1. On top menu, click on Safari and then, select Preferences from the drop-down list.

2. Click on Websites tab to open its settings.

3. Select Notifications from the left sidebar.

Push Notification Safari

4. On right panel, it will display a list of websites with "Allow" attribute.

5. Find and click on Malware URL.

6. You may choose to Deny or Remove it from the notification list.

7. You may now restart Safari browser and see if Malware URL pop-up is gone.

Microsoft Edge

1. Assuming that Edge browser is open, click on the ellipses (3 dots) on upper right corner to open the Settings. Alternatively, you can press Alt + X on the keyboard.

2. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

3. Click on Advanced.

4. Under Website Permissions area, click on Manage Permissions button.

Edge Push Notification

4. Find and select Malware URL from the list. Click on X button to stop it from showing pop-up ads or notifications.

Edge Notification Removal

5. You may now restart Edge browser.

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  1. Thank you. It’s 2:16 am in Hohenwald, TN. I’ve been trying to fix this problem for 4 hours. I installed various antivirus and malware software to no avail. It’s hard sometimes to find the right search words. But about a half hour ago I stumbled across your instructions. So far, so good. God bless you. I’m 67 years old and on a fixed income. Thank you so much! If there’s anything I can do for you, just ask. I’m retired after 35 years as a graphic artist. I still do artwork in Corel Draw, Illustrater, Gimp, Inkscape and other programs. Anything I can do for you I’d be delighted to do it at no charge. Thank you again.

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