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Windows Defender error code 0x80016cfa

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By Genesis and SheilaUpdated on June 3rd, 2022

What is Windows Defender error code 0x80016cfa?

Windows Defender error code 0x80016cfa is a tech-support scam alert, which manifests as a pop-up error. It tricks the user into thinking they need professional maintenance and that they need to call the number on the screen.

The fake error message usually occurs after downloading a third-party software, such as a download manager, a media player or PDF converter. It may be triggered by ad-supported extensions or plug-ins. When it occurs, the error usually takes up the full screen and freezes there. Clicking the X or OK button won't work to exit from the screen.

How can you fix Windows Defender error code 0x80016cfa?

Some of the solutions to this error include running an anti-virus and uninstalling the unwanted software as well as its related extensions.

Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

1. Run Anti-virus

Windows Defender error code 0x80016cfa is a malicious software injected into your browser that could collect your personal information such as username and password. Delete this software. Update your anti-virus first, then boot to clean boot to disable the virus, then run the anti-virus and fully scan your PC.

Run Anti-virus
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Run Windows Defender, please see below.

NOTE: You may use third-party anti-virus that is listed here.

Step 1: Update the antivirus.

Step 2: Clean boot

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**Step 3:**Run Windows Antivirus

  1. Open the Antivirus

  2. Make sure it up to date.

  3. Clean the PC by doing a full scan.

2. Uninstall unwanted software and browser extension

Windows Defender error code 0x80016cfa is a malicious software. You may want to delete an unwanted browser extension and installed software.

Uninstall unwanted software and browser extension
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To uninstall unwanted program

Go to Control panel and then click Uninstall Program. Right-click the name of the unwanted program and select uninstall the program.

To uninstall Browser extension

For Google Chrome

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  1. Type in chrome://extensions/ to the address/search bar and then press Enter.
  2. Look for unwanted/suspicious extensions, the click Trash can icon and click Remove.

For Mozilla Firefox

  1. Type in about:addonsto the address/search bar and then press Enter.
  2. Look for unwanted/suspicious extensions, then click Remove.