ERROR 0X1CXX560 POP-UP Scam

Also Known As: "ERROR 0X1CXX560" virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

"ERROR 0X1CXX560" removal instructions

What is "ERROR 0X1CXX560"?

"ERROR 0X1CXX560" is a fake error message/error alert, scammers use it to trick people into thinking that this error caused a problem related to Windows operating system's activation. Basically, this scam is used to trick people into contacting its developers who pretend to be Microsoft's representatives. Note that it "ERROR 0X1CXX560" pop-up window is displayed on an untrustworthy, deceptive website. It is very likely that people end up visiting this (or any other website of this type) because they have some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed, such apps get installed without user's knowledge. In other words, they install PUAs unintentionally. When installed, they not only cause redirects to untrustworthy websites, but feed users with a variety of intrusive advertisements and gather various information as well.

ERROR 0X1CXX560 scam

This particular pop-up window is designed to display a message informing Windows users that operating system's activation key is blocked. According to scammers behind it this happened because one of these reasons: used Windows registration (activation) key is illegal, there is some illegal software installed, an operating system is infected and spreading some viruses through Internet or the operating system is hacked and used from some undefined location. They urge people not to close this pop-up window or restart the computer and encourage to contact them via the +1 844 885 0155. This number is presented as Microsoft helpline's number. According to scammers, by contacting this helpline users will helped with reactivation of Windows. Besides, "ERROR 0X1CXX560" pop-up window also contains notification that Windows detected some unusual activity that might harm computers or/and is related to tracking of financial activities. None of this is true and Microsoft company has nothing to do with it. Like many other scams of this type, this one is being used to swindle people out of their money. Cyber criminals attempt to achieve it by tricking people into contacting them. When contacted, they usually offer people to buy some software or to use their online services. One way or another, these offers are not free. Since there is no real damage to the system (at least not related to "ERROR 0X1CXX560" scam), we recommend to close this website and to never visit it again. If it can't be closed normally (by closing browser window or tab), then we recommend to terminate/end the whole browser's process using Task Manager. However, the closed session should not be restored the next time the browser is opened - this will lead to being redirected to the same deceptive website.

As we already mentioned, very often it is potentially unwanted apps that are responsible for unwanted redirects to deceptive, unreliable websites. However, it is not the only thing that they do: PUAs usually deliver various ads and gather data as well. They serve their users with intrusive ads such as pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys and so on. As a rule, it is impossible not to notice them: these ads usually are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content and conceal the underlying content of any visited website. 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. Besides, their developers share collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. It is worth mentioning that gathered data might contain personal/sensitive details too. To sum up, if installed, these apps might cause problems related to browsing safety, privacy, computer infections or even identity theft.

"Windows Is Not Activated", "Activate Your Windows Now", "Error Code XLMR01F7985" are just a few examples of other scams that are quite similar to this one. Most of the times cyber criminals use them to trick people into paying them money for some software or services. Like these deceptive websites, PUAs are presented as legitimate as well. However, once installed they cause only problems instead of providing their users with the promised functions.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In some cases potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from their websites. However, there are not many people who download/install them intentionally. Typically, unwanted installations can be caused through intrusive advertisements or when software developers use a "bundling" method. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method used to trick users into installing, downloading various PUAs together with some other software. It is being achieved by not disclosing information about apps being bundled properly and hiding them in "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of the download/installation set-ups. Most users install PUAs when they skip the installation steps without checking the mentioned settings of the download or installation dialogs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In order to avoid having unwanted apps installed we recommend to download software using only official and trustworthy websites, or other sources. It is not recommended to download software using torrents, third party software downloaders, various Peer-to-peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, or any other similar channels. Moreover, install software with care - always check all the "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings, deselect (opt-out) all the additionally included software (potentially unwanted applications) and only then finish the installation or proceed to the next step. Keep in mind that most online advertisements seem legitimate, even the malicious ones. Unreliable ads usually cause redirects to gambling, pornography, adult dating or other untrustworthy websites. If such redirects happen randomly (even without clicking any ads), then it is possible that there is some unwanted application installed on a web browser or computer. Check the list of add-ons, extensions or plug-ins installed on your web browser and programs on a computer. Uninstall all unknown/suspicious entries as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter 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.

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

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.

PUAs 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 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:

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".

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Optional method:

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.

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 "error 0x1cxx560" 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 plugins 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 "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, 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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