Google "Critical security alert" Sign-in attempt was blocked (to my email address")

I received an email to my gmail address and also my recovery email address this morning. This happened a few months ago as well.  The email continues "Someone just used your password to try to sign in to your account. Google blocked them, but you should check what happened".

I searched the internet and there are quite a few postings indicating that this is a virus. Malwarebytes is not picking it up as a virus.

I would appreciate any advice.

Thanks and Happy New Year !!!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are downloading email from Gmail into Outlook, then I would suggest you scan your machine with your own Antivirus (Windows Defender on Windows 10) and again with Malwarebytes.

Likely it is not a virus but some one trying to access your email.

Change your Gmail Password immediately to something very different and very strong (special characters).

Then change your local application (Outlook) settings to match.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
It should tell you something about IP or region from someone try to log on.
I had same situation before when I was in Europe and try to log on to my google account from other computer.
Google blocked access to my account and I did non know why.
When I go back I found email in my mailbox that someone from Europe try to log on to your account from new device.
This was scare but I've realized it was me.

Check details in your email you've got.
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pabrannPresidentAuthor Commented:
I am using an Avast VPN with an IP address in Miami so I wonder if that could be the issue. I had just opened my Outlook not too long before receiving the alert. Also, just a couple minutes ago, I received a text message from Google warning me of the same issue.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am using an Avast VPN with an IP address in Miami

Possibly. I do not use public VPN facilities as I cannot assure my security with them. I keep good firewall protection to keep people out.
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pabrannPresidentAuthor Commented:
Should I click the "Check Activity" button on the email? I didn't do so in case this could be a virus attempt.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Gmail is fairly well protected so you should be able to click on the Activity Link. That is Gmail on the web and not local.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
Double check email if this is not scam but if you got txt message it looks like legit.

Check header of email from google if comes really from google
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pabrannPresidentAuthor Commented:
It appears to be from Google. I clicked the button and it is not from my Miami IP. It shows that it came from 185.51.230.14. I have the option to either say "yes, it was me" or "no, secure account". Should I secure the account or just change my password or both. I'm concerned that if they secure my account I might have trouble changing the password.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Should I secure the account or just change my password or both.

Both. Change your password first and be sure it works and then secure your account.
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pabrannPresidentAuthor Commented:
What is the best secure way to log in to my Google Account to change the password?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can change your password from within Gmail.

Added security, I think, requires 2 factor authentication. You would need to check Gmail documentation on this.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
Are you scare you have a virus on your computer ?
I don't think so. This attempt probably was yours when you was connected through VPN.
I think is save to log on from your computer using chrome
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pabrannPresidentAuthor Commented:
I'm logged into my account now. Should I use 2 step verification? I remember I had Outlook problems when 2 step was active.
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pabrannPresidentAuthor Commented:
I changed my password
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Leave your setup with the new password for a while (a week or so) and see if you still get warnings. If not, leave it. 2 Factor authentication is yet another step for you to do AND remember. Lots of people forget these things.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
You can test it again. Just connect through VPN and then try to open email on Gmail.
If you'll get warning you'll know this was it and you going to be able unlock this location to not get warning anymore.
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pabrannPresidentAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys for your assistance. I appreciate it very much!! Happy New Year.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and Happy New Year to you as well. Sunny, cold, mountains of snow where I am but still a good New Year's Day.
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