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 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.

ERROR 0X1CXX560 scam

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.

Threat Summary:
Name"ERROR 0X1CXX560" virus
Threat TypePhishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
SymptomsUnauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of one's computer.
Distribution methodsDeceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.
DamageLoss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.
Removal

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"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 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 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 "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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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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