"ERROR 0X1CXX560" removal instructions
What is "ERROR 0X1CXX560"?
"ERROR 0X1CXX560" is a fake error message/error alert that scammers use to trick people into believing that a problem occurred relating to Windows Operating System activation. This scam is used to trick people into contacting developers who claim to be Microsoft representatives. Note that the "ERROR 0X1CXX560" pop-up window is displayed on an untrustworthy, deceptive website. People often end up visiting this (and other websites of this type) due to potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed without users' knowledge. Therefore, they install PUAs unintentionally. When installed, they cause redirects to untrustworthy websites, feed users with intrusive advertisements, and gather various information.
This particular pop-up window displays a message informing Windows users that the operating system activation key is blocked. According to the scammers, this happened since the Windows registration (activation) key is illegal, there is illegal software installed, the operating system is infected and proliferating viruses through the internet, or the operating system is hacked and being used from an undefined location. They urge people not to close this pop-up window or restart the computer, and encourage them to make contact via +1 844 885 0155. This telephone number is presented as a Microsoft helpline number. According to scammers, by contacting this helpline, users will be helped to reactivate Windows. Furthermore, the "ERROR 0X1CXX560" pop-up window also contains a notification that Windows has detected unusual activity that might harm the system and is related to tracking of financial activities. None of this information is accurate and Microsoft has nothing to do with it. Like many other scams of this type, this one is used to extort money from innocent people. Cyber criminals attempt to achieve this by tricking them into making contact. They then offer purchase of software or use of their online services. These offers are not free. Since there is no real damage to the system (at least not relating to "ERROR 0X1CXX560" scam), we recommend that you close this website and never return to it. If it cannot be closed normally (by closing the browser window or tab), terminate the entire browser process using Task Manager. Do not restore the closed session the next time the browser is opened - this will redirect you to the same deceptive website that initially caused the problem.
Potentially unwanted apps are often responsible for unwanted redirects to deceptive, dubious websites, however, they also deliver ads and gather data. They serve users with intrusive ads such as pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, and so on. Generally, it is impossible for these to go unnoticed, since they are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. If clicked, they might cause unwanted redirects or execute scripts designed to download/install other PUAs. Another downside of these unwanted apps is information tracking. They collect information such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on. Furthermore, developers share collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. The data might contain personal/sensitive details. Therefore, if installed, these apps can cause problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, computer infections, or even identity theft.
|Name||"ERROR 0X1CXX560" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Symptoms||Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of one's computer.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
"Windows Is Not Activated", "Activate Your Windows Now", and "Error Code XLMR01F7985" are just some examples of other similar scams. Cyber criminals use them to trick people into paying for software or services. As with these deceptive websites, PUAs are also presented as legitimate, however, once installed, they only cause problems rather than providing the functions promised.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
In some cases, potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from their official websites, however, installations are usually caused through intrusive advertisements or when software developers use the "bundling" method. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method used to trick users into installing/downloading PUAs together with other software. This is achieved by hiding information about the presence of bundled apps in "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of the download/installation set-ups. Most users install PUAs when they skip installation steps without checking settings of the download or installation dialogs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Use only official and trustworthy websites or other sources. Do not download software using torrents, third party software downloaders, Peer-to-peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and other similar channels. Furthermore, install software with care - check all "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings. Deselect (opt-out of) all additionally-included software (potentially unwanted applications) and only then finish the installation or proceed to the next step. Bear in mind that most online advertisements seem legitimate, even the malicious ones. These dubious ads usually cause redirects to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other untrustworthy websites. If you experience these redirects randomly (even without clicking any ads), it is possible that an unwanted application is installed on your browser or computer. Check the list of add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins installed on your browser, and programs on your computer. Uninstall all unknown/suspicious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Text presented in "ERROR 0X1CXX560" pop-up:
ERROR 0X1CXX560 ALERT FROM MICROSOFT
WINDOWS ACTIVATION KEY BLOCKED
CALL TOLLFREE TO ACTIVATE - 18448850155
Do not close this window and restart your computer
Your windows activation key is Blocked.
Why we blocked your windows activation key?
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.
Enter Windows registration key to unblock or Call Support at +18448850155 (Toll Free)
Windows Support Alert
Your System Detected Some Unusual Activity.
It might harm your computer data and track your financial activities.
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "ERROR 0X1CXX560"?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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 application, 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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "error 0x1cxx560" 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "error 0x1cxx560" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with "error 0x1cxx560" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "error 0x1cxx560" virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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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