Your Registration Key Is Blocked POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "Your registration key is Blocked" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Your Registration Key Is Blocked removal instructions

What is Your Registration Key Is Blocked?

"Your Registration Key Is Blocked" is a fake error message displayed by a number of rogue sites. Research shows that users typically visit these sites inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive ads delivered by other rogue sites. PUPs often infiltrate systems without users’ permission, deliver intrusive ads, and gather various sensitive information.

Your Registration Key Is Blocked scam

This error states that the system is not activated and is proliferating malware. Furthermore, the computer is running pirated software and might be hacked or being used from a suspicious location. These issues must be resolved immediately. Therefore, users are encouraged to contact Microsoft 'tech support' via a toll-free telephone number ("+44-203-936-2186") provided. This is a scam - "Your Registration Key Is Blocked" error is fake and Microsoft certainly has nothing to do with this. All claims are merely attempts to scare and trick gullible users into calling and paying for tech support that is not required. Therefore, ignore "Your Registration Key Is Blocked". The error can be removed simply by closing the web browser, however, rogue sites often employ scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser using Task Manager or simply reboot the system. After rerunning the browser, do not restore the previous session, since this will reopen the malicious sites.

As mentioned above, potentially unwanted programs deliver intrusive advertisements (e.g., coupon, banner, pop-up, and so on). These are delivered using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, they can lead to malicious websites and execute scripts that download and install malware (or other PUPs). Therefore, even a single accidental click might result in high-risk computer infections. Furthermore, potentially unwanted programs are likely to record information relating to browsing activity, including IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, keystrokes, etc. This typically includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of information-tracking apps can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate all potentially unwanted programs immediately.

"Your Registration Key Is Blocked" shares many similarities with ERROR #AP7MQ79, Someone is Trying to Steal Your Banking Details, Microsoft Alert Your Data Is At High Risk, and a number of other fake errors. All claim that the system is damaged (e.g., infected, missing files, and so on), however, as with "Your Registration Key Is Blocked", these errors are also designed only to extort money from unsuspecting users. In addition, potentially unwanted programs have many similarities. By offering many "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, rather than giving any real value for regular users, PUPs cause unwanted redirects, gather sensitive information, and deliver intrusive ads, thereby posing a threat to your privacy and computer safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

In some cases, potentially unwanted programs have official download websites, however, most infiltrate systems without users' permission, since developers proliferate them using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" and intrusive advertisements. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party applications together with regular (typically free) software. Developers are not honest enough to disclose "bundled" PUP installations properly - they hide them within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other section) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users rush download/installation processes, skip steps, and click various advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, but once clicked, they redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). If you encounter these redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. You are advised to download programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus should never be used. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "Your Registration Key Is Blocked" pop-up:

VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT
This computer is BLOCKED
Do not close this windows and reset your computer
Your computer's registration key is Blocked.
Why we blocked your computer?
The window's registration key is illegal.
This window is using pirated software.
this window is sending virus over the Internet.
This window is hacked or used from undefined location.
We block this computer for your security
Contact microsoft helpline to reactivate your computer.

Text presented in the website that displays "Your Registration Key Is Blocked" pop-up:

Windows Support Alert
Your System Detected Some Unusual Activity
It might harm your computer data and track your financial activities
Please report this activity to +44-203-936-2186

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted programs:

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.

Your Registration Key Is Blocked 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 rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your registration key is blocked" 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 rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "your registration key is blocked" 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 rogue extensions 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "your registration key is blocked" 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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