Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked is a message which is used often in a lot of fake technical support sites. These websites involve a scam and almost always leave a phone number on their page, including on the inside of pop-up windows that keep re-appearing and are hard to remove. The worst of those web-pages could infect your PC with a Trojan horse or even a ransomware virus. Most scams that include the message Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked try to scare you that your system is infected with a virus and lock your browser. Read this article to see how to resolve the issue with such fake tech support sites.
|Name||Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked|
|Type||Tech Support Scam|
|Short Description||One of many technical support scams, that is stating that your PC is blocked. In some cases it even locks your browser on top of other windows to make you believe that you have a blocked PC. The aim is to scare you into calling a phone number.|
|Symptoms||The message “Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked” appears on a website and as a pop-up box, notification, error or another message on your screen. You will see a phone number of alleged technicians who could remove a supposed virus from your PC.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Malicious Sites, Trojan Horse|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked.|
Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked – Spread
This tech support scam has been spread by different methods as it has many variants. That’s why the Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked message can be displayed on your screen without you knowing how it got there. Usually, visiting a malicious website can trigger the message or the site itself could be displaying it. Clicking on ads and redirects is another way of distribution. Mistyping a domain name can also be a trigger for the message to pop-up, or you to land on a scam site.
Here are the detections on VirusTotal of one scam site, showing that it is malicious:
You could still see the Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked alert without any of the above occurring. That is because the trigger might be a Trojan horse downloaded to your system, due to the installation of a bundled app. The Trojan horse may launch ransomware with a similar scare alert.
Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked – In Depth
Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked is a message that can appear in multiple ways to your screen, usually caused by a tech support scam. That message has been seen to appear in a website page, as a notification, an error, a pop-up message or simple text on the main page. A phone number is always provided, suggesting or scarring you into contacting alleged support technicians from Microsoft or a similar well-known company.
In lots of the cases, your screen or browser is being locked and even an audio message is being played to scare you further. You can hear an example recording of such a message below:
Many of the websites related to these tech support scams are made to look like the official Microsoft website. See an example of a fake Microsoft site from the below screenshot:
The shown message box states the following:
*Your Windows (Microsoft) Computer has been blocked*
Windows System Alert!!
Call Microsoft At 1-888-243-3533
You have been blocked from accessing the Internet.
Private and financial data is at RISK:
– Your credit card details and banking information
– Your e-mail passwords and other account passwords
– Your Facebook ,skype,AIM,ICQ and other chat logs
– Your private & family photos and other sensitive files
– Your webcam could be accessed remotely by stalkers
It is Required that you call the number above and get your PC inspected before you continue using your internet, especially for Shopping or Banking.
Know that Microsoft does not provide any unsolicited help with PC or technical issues, unless you initiate it. That means, that Microsoft will never offer you help – you have to ask for it. Unfortunately, some scams are very clever and still work to this day.
One of the most recent scams that you may have seen or become a victim to is one that looks like a Google Chrome Warning for a phishing site or malicious activity. The trick is to fool you that Google is blocking access to the website you are trying to reach. And you think you need to reach that site in the heat of the moment, as one of the most recent domains was called “securityagainstwannacry.com”. As if there would be an official site devoted to stopping the WannaCry ransomware threat that Google would block.
You can see an example in the pictures below, with the full text contents afterward:
Your computer has been blocked
Your computer with IP address – has been infected by the Virus RDN/YahLover.worm!055BCCAC9FEC — Because System Activation KEY has expired & Your information (for example, passwords, messages, and credit cards) have been stolen. Call the Technical Support number +1-844-760-5091 to protect your files and identity from further damage.
Call Technical Support Immediately at 1-844-760-5091
The following data will be compromised if you continue:
2. Browser History
3. Credit Card Information
The virus is well known for complete identity and credit card theft. Further action through this computer or any computer in the network will reveal private information and involve serious risks.
Cybercriminals which are on the other end of the phone line will try to keep you on the line as much as they can. They will lie to from how you shouldn’t tamper with your computer device except if you are instructed, to how you need to provide personal information. Do not give any information and do not trust anybody on the other side of the line.
In case you want to know about more scams involving this message, read the YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED “Virus” for further details.
We have also created a video that should help you remove “Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked” scam from your system:
More removal instructions are available below.
Remove “Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked” Alert
To remove the Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked tech support scam and all related alerts and files manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal guide does not get rid of the scam and its redirects completely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Software like that will keep your system secure in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked
Step 2: Uninstall Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked will be removed.
Eliminate Your Windows Computer Has Been Blocked from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.