System Has Been Locked For Your Safety Scam

Also Known As: "System Has Been Locked For Your Safety" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

System Has Been Locked For Your Safety removal instructions

What is System Has Been Locked For Your Safety?

"System Has Been Locked For Your Safety" is a fake pop-up error message displayed by a malicious website, which users visit inadvertently (they are redirected by various potentially unwanted programs [PUPs]). Research shows that PUPs also infiltrate systems without users' consent (the "bundling" method). As well as causing unwanted redirects, PUPs also deliver intrusive online advertisements and continually record various user-system information.

System Has Been Locked For Your Safety adware

This pop-up states that the system has been blocked due to a high-risk ransomware-type infection called WannaCry. It is also stated that the user's files and identity is at risk. Therefore, users are encouraged to contact "Microsoft technicians" via a toll-free telephone number ["0044 (800) 069 8527"] provided immediately. Victims are then supposedly guided through the removal process. Be aware, however, that "System Has Been Locked For Your Safety" error is a scam. There is no infection. The symptoms of WannaCry ransomware are different to other viruses. The error message is merely an attempt to scare and trick victims into calling and paying for services that are not required. Therefore, you should never trust this message. It can be removed simply by closing the web browser. Be aware that potentially unwanted programs employ a "virtual layer" to deliver pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. The virtual layer is a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, some lead to malicious websites and clicking them can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. Potentially unwanted programs often collect IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, geo-locations, mouse/keyboard activity, and other similar information that might contain personal details. This data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private details to generate revenue. Therefore, having an information-tracking apps installed on your computer can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. For these reasons, PUPs must be uninstalled immediately.

There are numerous fake errors similar to "System Has Been Locked For Your Safety". The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) Windows Defender Alert, Microsoft Warning Alert, Your Computer Is In Blocked State, and Your Windows Has Been Banned. All claim that the system is damaged in some way, however, as with "System Has Been Locked For Your Safety", these errors should be ignored - they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. In fact, potentially unwanted programs also have identical objectives. By offering various 'useful features', they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, these apps merely cause unwanted redirects, deliver advertisements, and record various user-system information. They are useless for regular users.

How did adware install on my computer?

Potentially unwanted programs are distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party software with regular apps. Developers hide all information regarding modification of browser settings within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included.

The appearance of "System Has Been Locked For Your Safety" scam pop-up (GIF):

System Has Been Locked For Your Safety scam gif

Text presented within "System Has Been Locked For Your Safety" pop-up:

SYSTEM HAS BEEN LOCKED FOR YOUR SAFETY *** DO not use mouse or press any key until you know safe side instructions ***
If you are not aware of the safe side instructions, call the Toll free number to remove the issues. The WannaCry Ransomware infection detected is vulnerable attack and cause data and identity theft which may lead to cybercriminal activities. Microsoft technicians can walk you through the removal process over the phone to protect your identity. Note: Do not ignore this critical warning. DO NOT TRY TO RESTART OR SHUT DOWN YOU COMPUTER. THIS WILL MAKE THE WORM ACTIVE. Immediately Call the toll free number without delay. Toll Free 0044 (800) 069 8527

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

System Has Been Locked For Your Safety adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing System Has Been Locked For Your Safety ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing System Has Been Locked For Your Safety ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "system has been locked for your safety" virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing System Has Been Locked For Your Safety  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries, and click the trash can icon.

Removing System Has Been Locked For Your Safety ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "system has been locked for your safety" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing System Has Been Locked For Your Safety ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing System Has Been Locked For Your Safety ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "system has been locked for your safety" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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