"Enter Windows registration key to unblock" removal instructions
What is "Enter Windows registration key to unblock"?
"Enter Windows registration key to unblock" is the name of a technical support scam. Scammers created it with a purpose to extract money from people. However, in order to be able to do so, they must be contacted first. Typically, websites of this kind get opened by installed potentially unwanted apps (PUAs), in other words, their visitors do not open them intentionally. In addition to such redirects, PUAs often are designed to serve their users with intrusive advertisements and collect information related to browsing habits.
When visited, this deceptive website enables a pop-up window saying that it is a virus alert from Microsoft and that user's computer is blocked. Visitors are urged not to close this window/website or restart their computers. It is explained that a computer is blocked due to one (or more) of the following reasons: Windows operating system is registered with an illegal key, there is some pirated software installed on it, operating system is spreading viruses over the Internet, it is hacked or/and used from undefined location. In order to unblock/reactivate the computer, scammers encourage users to contact them via the "1800 516 5594" number or to enter the Windows registration key. To make this scam more believable, scammers designed this website to be opened in several windows, it results in having a system (or browser) crashed/unresponsive. In other words, they attempt to give an impression that a computer is blocked when in reality Windows or browsers simply stop working. To close this scam we recommend to use Task Manager and to end all browser's processes that keep the "Enter Windows registration key to unblock" scam opened. Note, closed browsing session should not be restored, this will open the same deceptive page again.
Unwanted apps that open untrustworthy, deceptive pages usually deliver ads and collect data as well. They deliver coupons, pop-up ads, banners, surveys and other unwanted ads that usually cover contents of websites that people who have PUAs installed visit. If clicked, these ads open questionable websites (including scam sites) or execute scripts that download/install various untrustworthy apps, some of the might be malicious. Additionally, most apps of this type collect various information, for example, IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations and other similar data. However, it is possible that these PUAs might be gathering personal details too. PUAs developers constantly share all obtained data with other people (third parties) who misuse it to generate revenue.
|Name||"Enter Windows registration key to unblock" virus|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Crooks pretend to be Microsoft company's employees and claim that the system key has been blocked for security reasons.|
|Tech Support Scammer Phone Number||1800 516 5594|
|Detection Names (onlinebankingerrors[.]gq)||Spamhaus (Phishing), Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Fortinet (Spam), Malwarebytes hpHosts (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (onlinebankingerrors[.]gq)||22.214.171.124|
|Symptoms||Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.|
To eliminate Enter Windows registration key to unblock virus our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
"Enter Windows registration key to unblock" is virtually identical to other scams of this type such as "Error XR01F5", "Error Code 09-986-6321", "Windows Protected Your PC" and a bunch of others. The main goal is to trick visitors into contacting scammers who, once contacted, try to convince people that they need to use their services or software that are not free. Websites of this type should never be trusted. PUAs should be used as well, most of them might seem legitimate and useful, however, very often they do not deliver any of the promoted functions. On the contrary, their developers use them to generate revenue which often causes people a variety of problems.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Apps of this type usually get installed in one of these ways: through clicked intrusive ads or together with other (usually free) software. Very often they are bundled into setups of some other programs that people download/install intentionally. Developers put/hide information about them being bundled into setups in settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and so on. If people leave all these settings unchecked/unchanged, they unintentionally allow for various PUAs to be installed/downloaded together with the software that they actually wanted to download and install.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download all the software using official and trustworthy sources (websites) only. It is not recommended to use various third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites and other unreliable tools. Install (and/or download) software patiently, always check available "Custom", "Advanced" settings of the installation/download set-up. Deselect any offers to install some additionally included, unwanted apps first and only then finish the installation or download process. Note that not all the displayed advertisements can be trusted: there are many (untrustworthy) ads that redirect users to dubious, deceptive websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography and so on. If you constantly experience unwanted redirects (or intrusive ads) then it is possible that there is some unwanted app (or apps) installed on your browser or operating system. Check the list of installed extensions, plug-ins or add-ons on your browser and programs on your computer. Remove all the discovered unwanted, unknown apps 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 "Enter Windows registration key to unblock" pop-up:
Call For Support
1800 516 5594
VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT
***This computer is BLOCKED***
Do not close this window and restart 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.
Enter Windows registration key to unblock or Call Support at
1800 516 5594(Toll Free)
Screenshot of multiple browser processes triggered by this scam that might cause a system crash:
The appearance of "Enter Windows registration key to unblock" pop-up (GIF):
Text presented in the website's background:
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 1800 516 5594
Ignore Alert Chat Now
Instant automatic removal of Enter Windows registration key to unblock virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Enter Windows registration key to unblock virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is "Enter Windows registration key to unblock"?
- 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 "enter windows registration key to unblock" 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 "enter windows registration key to unblock" 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 plugins 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 "enter windows registration key to unblock" 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove "enter windows registration key to unblock" virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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