Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device

Threat Summary

Threat: "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device"
Type: Rogue Antivirus
Brief Description: This type of threat will disguise as valid anti-virus application to deceive computer users.
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“Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device” is a fake pop-up Security Tool alert that attempts to deceive users with fake virus scan results. You may notice that it looks like a Windows Explorer interface but it was actually a web page designed to look like one.

Legitimate Windows Explorer does not have any functionality to perform a virus scan. This misleading tactics is implemented by rogue developers to scare its victims. It attempts to make user think that PC is compromised, and then quick removal is advised by the same pop-up.   Certainly, it will prompt user to buy the paid version of the endorsed program.

Simply ignore this warning; after all, it will never help you resolve current computer issues. The proper way of dealing with fake alerts is through virus scanning. Running a complete scan on the infected computer helps remove the malware that causes this entire crisis.

What are the Symptoms of ”Wait a minute! This is important” Infection?

A screen shot image shows that the window “Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device” will produce detected threats on each drive of the affected computer.

Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device

It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Security Tool
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “4946550101”

The threat will drop the following malicious files:

  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\4946550101
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\4946550101\4946550101.bat
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\4946550101\4946550101.cfg
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\4946550101\4946550101.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Security Tool.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Tool.lnk

Procedures to Remove "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device"

Removal steps on this page will help you get rid of the threat effectively using tools and virus scanners. Please make sure that you will carry out the guide in exact order.

Procedure 1: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. When troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device". Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start Windows 8 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Close all running programs on your computer because we will need to restart Windows on this procedure.
- Press and Hold Shift key on your keyboard while clicking on Restart.
- You will then be presented with Troubleshooting Options.
- Click on Troubleshoot icon.
- Then, Click on Advanced Options icon.
- Select Startup Settings icon and then, Click on Restart button.
- When Windows restarts, it will prompt to choose number from the list of options. Press the number on your keyboard that corresponds to Safe Mode with Networking, commonly number 5.
- Once in Safe Mode, please proceed to the next step which is running a virus scan on the computer.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP / Vista / 7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.


2. Once your Windows is running in Safe Mode, open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 2: Scan and remove "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device" files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device", download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download MalwareFox

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.

2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.

3. Once update has completed, MalwareFox will launch.

MalwareFox Scanner

4. Select SCAN button of MalwareFox application.

5. Scanning process will start and infections list will be displayed. Click NEXT to remove them.

MalwareFox Detection Result

Procedure 3: Run extra scan with Junkware Removal Tool

To make sure that no more malicious files linked to "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device" are inside the computer, we must run another effective scanner. This time, use Junkware Removal Tool. No installation is necessary with this tool.

Download JRT

1. Click the button above to start the download process. Save the file to your preferred location.

2. Junkware Removal Tool will close all running applications later. So, before executing the file, please Bookmark or Print this page. And then, close all programs.

3. Double-click the JRT.exe file to initiate the tool.

4. It will prompt you to "Press any key to continue."

JRT Scanner

5. Junkware Removal Tool will create a Restore Point and proceed with the scan. Please wait for the scan process to finish.

6. After scanning the computer, JRT will open a Notepad containing scan logs. It may have not find "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device" relevant entities, but it will surely delete any malicious items not found in the previous scans.

Procedure 4: Reset Affected Internet Browser

Reset browser settings of Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter.

3. Navigate at the end of the page and click on Show advanced settings.

4. At the bottom of the page, click on Reset settings to remove all changes made by "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device".

Reset Google Chrome

Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

1. Open Internet Explorer software.

2. Navigate to top menu and click Tools > Internet Options.

3. On Internet Options window, select Advanced tab.

4. In order to reverse modifications caused by "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device", click on Reset button to bring back Internet Explorer's settings to their default condition.

Internet Explorer

Reset Firefox to its default state:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox program.

2. Navigate to top menu and Open Help Menu. Then, select on Troubleshooting Information.

3. Click on Refresh Firefox button to erase the effect of "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device".

Reset Firefox

Protect your PC from "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device" or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Google Chrome's Protection from Dangerous Sites

With Google Chrome's Dangerous Site Protection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious, thus, you can prevent "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device" infection. To enable protection from dangerous sites, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, Press Enter.

3. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.

4. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Protect you and your device from dangerous sites'.

Chrome Security Settings

5. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

SEE MORE : Enable Google Chrome's protection from dangerous sites

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious programs including "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device". To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.

2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.

3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats such as "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device". To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. On top menu, click on Open Menu. Then select Options from the list.

3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

Edge Browser - SmartScreen Filter

SmartScreen filter is a built-in feature in Microsoft Edge browser that can help you deter malicious programs such as "Wait a minute! This is important – we check your device". It can block malicious web sites and downloads.

1. Open Microsoft Edge browser.

2. Click on More Actions button located at top right corner of the screen.

3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

4. Under Settings menu, go to Advanced Settings section and click on View Advanced Settings.

5. Scroll down to "help protect my PC from malicious sites and downloads with SmartScreen Filter". Turn it to ON.

6.You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Edge SmartScreen Filter

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 3 comments
Robo Gar - October 30, 2010

I can’t find these registry files on my computer. Have tried everything to remove this virus. MalwareBytes, Avira and Ad-Aware all say my computer is fine and 0 problems to worry about, but the re-directing continues. I’ve even installed a website blocker add-on for Firefox and have been adding the sites the pop up after I get re-directed, but since these sites have new addresses all the time, I could be adding new sites to the blocker for ever. Any ideas?

Jer - November 29, 2010

Check your DNS settings. I think it got partially installed and it now queries their “bad” DNS whenever you do web browsing. Usually it should be set to some automatic setting, unless your ISP has specific settings they’d like you to put in. That’s what it was with my wife’s computer: I saw entries in under the DNS server that I didn’t put in.

trudy - February 14, 2011

I tried this safe mode thing I’m I suppose to delete the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Security tool and all of the other HKEY’s, because that’s all that came up?


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