This article has been created in order to explain what is the fake warning message, called “Google Security Warning” asking to call the number +1-844-843-5125 and show how to remove the unwanted program introducing such messages on your computer.
A new tech support scam site has been detected by security experts. The scamming website aims to introduce a red screen which says that your computer has been locked and give a tech support number to call to fix the Zeus virus infection. If you see such a screen, be advised that your computer has not been infected with the Zeus Banking Trojan and this is simple Tech Support scam, most likely causing a redirect to your computer as a result of a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) which is displaying different advertisements on your PC. If you see the Your computer has been Locked screen on your PC, we recommend that you read the following article and learn how to remove this unwanted software from your computer safely and completely.
|Name||"Your computer has been Locked" Scam|
|Type||Tech Support Scam|
|Short Description||Introduces a fake warning screen, claiming that the victim’s computer is at risk. Asks to call a tech support number that is fake.|
|Symptoms||Victims might see a warning screen asking them to call the number +1-844-843-5125.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may cause redirects to it.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by "Your computer has been Locked" Scam |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss "Your computer has been Locked" Scam.|
+1-844-843-5125 Scam – How Did I Get It
There are two likely scenarios via which you may have begun seeing redirects to web pages, like the Google Security Alert scam. One of them is similar to what the “Your computer has been BLOCKED” messages are doing and that is to be redirected to the website automatically by simply visiting low-reputation websites that are of unknown origin. Such sites are usually websites you haven’t visited before and you know nothing about. Security experts strongly advise to refrain from those websites and visit sites that you can trust or use another browser for risky sites.
Another method which may have ended up in you seeing the “Your Computer has been Locked” tech support scam is if you have received a web browser redirection as a result of having a Potentially Unwanted Program that is installed on your computer. Such programs are often residing on your computer via bundling – an activity which includes them in the setup wizards of other free programs you may have downloaded from the web. Such programs are free media players, torrent software and some websites go as far as to bundle the installers of drivers as well – all with the goal to make money by slithering third-party adware programs that pretend to improve your online browsing experience, but in reality only show different types of ads. Since such programs are often installed as browsing extensions as well, you may also see other forms of ads, like:
- Ad-supported search results via a changed search engine that is not google.
- Browser redirects like the Your computer has been Locked scam.
Since those programs are often hidden in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation modes of your computer, it is strongly recommended to check each installation steps during a software install in the future.
”Your Computer has been Locked” Scam – Activity & Purpose
Once it has been introduced to your web browser, the scam redirects your to a URL, that locks your web browser, showing a red screen that is nothing like the original Google Security Warning. Here is a comparison underneath to see how the scam differs from the original notification, which is used when you are about to enter an unsafe site that is flagged as such:
In addition to this, the scam may also introduce other messages of similarity as we have detected before to be associated with other tech support numbers:
The end goal of such types of messages is to convince you to call the tech support number, where the scammers pretend to be official employees of Google or Microsoft and confirm the scamming notifications on the message itself. However, do not be fooled because the number 1-844-843-5125 has been reported by security researchers to be associated alongside other numbers like it with a lot of different types of tech support scam, so as you may have figured it out by now, the situation is rather obvious and the Your computer has been Locked scam should immediately be dealt with.
Remove “Your Computer has been Locked” Scam you’re your Browser and PC
In order to make sure that “Your Computer has been Locked” scam is removed from your computer system, we recommend that you follow the instructions underneath this article. They are divided in manual and automatic removal instructions and if you cannot remove this scamming message or continue to see such redirects in the future, experts always outline that anti-malware software is the best option to go for to remove the “Your Computer has been Locked” scamming pop-ups from your PC. It will automatically scan and detect all of the files and objects in your computer and effectively make sure that they are removed from your computer plus ensure that your PC stays protected against future intrusive software as well.
Manually delete "Your computer has been Locked" Scam from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the "Your computer has been Locked" Scam threat: Manual removal of "Your computer has been Locked" Scam requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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