How to remove Enter A Product Key Lock Screen Virus
What is Enter A Product Key:
Threat Classification: Ransomware/Rogueware
Enter A Product Key is a nasty, deceptive and bogus and phishing pop-up, which first goal is to deceive computer users, that their Microsoft Windows copy has not been properly activated and to re-activate this edition of Windows, they need a product key. The Product Key is usually located either on the original Windows DVD box, or in the e-mail message, that was received together with the receipt, after you bought Windows. The user is than asked to enter the genuine windows activation key or to call the Microsoft Technician Helpline 1-888-414-4284. Now is the time to make one thing clear – 1-888-414-4284 help line number is in no way affiliated with/or to the Microsoft Corporation, the rightful owner of the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Upon a closer inspection, on the malicious “Enter A Product Key” Lock Screen, you will notice, on the top-right is located an inscription “Microsoft Technician Helpline +1-888-414-4284“!!! However, the “Microsoft Technician Helpline” has nothing to do with the Microsoft Corporation, the rightful owner of the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. If your computer starts showing the most annoying and extremely strange “Enter a product key” Lock Screen pop-up message:
Enter a product key
Your product key should be on the box that the Windows DVD came in or
Pin an email that shows you bought Windows.
The product key looks similar to this:
PRODUCT KEY XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
Usually means your system is compromised, hijacked and infected by organized cyber criminals or hackers. If you want to get your system back, quick and easy – our malware researchers & security experts recommend you to do a full system malware scan using the latest, award-winning anti-malware product SpyHunter 4. Now, your system is compromised and all your secrets are now in the hands of someone related to the organized crime – you should assume, that everything you’ve recently done from/on this computer is already seen by these highly organized cyber criminals. All these “Enter A Product Key” Lock Screen warnings were primarily generated by malicious browser extensions, brough on the user’s computer via some questionable bundle, that supposedly should install some popular freeware products, installed on your system by using a questionable, shady and suspicious software bundle, that supposedly should deliver some free, popular software. Furthermore, our security consultants uncovered, that these rogue browser extensions/add-ons are capable of infiltrating systems and taking over browsers without owner’s permission or other consent. Once activated the malware infection starts monitoring and collecting various private data, related to future marketing analytics and ads targeting, which includes usernames, email addresses, browsing history, browsing locations, SSNs, Real Names, Postal Addresses, Birthdays, passwords, Credit Card Information and/or other financial data or online bank account information. Finally, the whole batch of private data will be sold to some 3rd party company, which will use it for its own marketing purposes of course. Our security researchers issued a warning , regarding the “Enter A Product Key” Lock Screen, which resembles very much a ransomware – this is currently one of the worst malware infections on the net, however it is not a cryptovirus, which is a must for all of the first class ransomware infections! Usually this type of infections are distributed via infected software bundles, however this is not the only option – a dangerous P2P network download, infected SPAM email, hijacked browser, malicious Adobe Flash ad or some infected torrent download could be the reason for this mess! The latest test results did show that when first activated, the malware infection will modify your browser & system settings, which actually makes the recovery even harder! Enter A Product Key is a deceitful, malicious website, used only by cyber criminals, black hat hackers and cyber crooks. The infection is compatible with all the well-known web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have this particular adware and/or PUP installed on their systems might see various pop-up & pop-under browser windows, informing the victim that a Video Player is Ready for Download, Install Media Downloader, Infection was Detected, Please Install The New Java Update or Important Software Update, New Driver Updates are Released etc.. The Enter A Product Key is set to display FAKE POP-UP ALERTS on the victim’s computer. Please note, that all these web alerts are FAKE! Actually, the main purpose of the Enter A Product Key is to drive as much traffic as possible to certain domains, which then is converted to cash via one of the many online marketing platforms.
Enter A Product Key is usually bundled with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation. That’s why you should be very careful what you agree to install and always opt-out for a custom installation and skip or deselect the software you don’t want to install or you are not familiar with. The possible distribution of Enter A Product Key bundle varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc..
The purpose of Enter A Product Key is to attract more users to certain domains, so that the creators of such or similar adware could generate income from the online traffic, using one of the many online marketing platforms. Enter A Product Key may use tracking cookies and other relevant techniques to steal your personal data such as account information, usernames & passwords, bank account data etc. That’s why this malware infection should not be left unattended and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online security.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Enter A Product Key Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Enter A Product Key and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to buy a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
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Manual Enter A Product Key Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Enter A Product Key manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this Manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Enter A Product Key Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Enter A Product Key, MPC AdCleaner, MPC Safe Navigation, MyTransitGuide Toolbar, Z.moatads.com, Searchlf.com, Play-bar.net, Foxi69.tlscdn.com, Fuq.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Ps4ux.com, Search Manager, Search Protect, Www.xvidvideocodecs.com, SafeSurfs.com, Search.mpc.am, Hepsayfa.com, Search.wikicraftpro.com, SDDUpdate, MyLucky123.com, ThraFlabe-rs.ru, Startmain.ru, Search.imesh.net, Need4Search.com, Searchffr.com, Searchfcs.com, FunnySiting.com, BrowserHunt.com, MountainBrowse.com, 2345.com, Asearch.online, SearchZ.online, Trotux.com, Trovi.com, AtoZManuals, From DOC to PDF Toolbar, Sports Addict, Windows Activation Pro, LookForWord, USB Lock, Mega.viral-content.site, Disk Power, Traffic-media.co, Gosecurity.com, Moonly.com, Neabor.xyz, Greenet.xyz / UPortal, SafeSurfs.net, Securesurf.biz, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Ads by Advertise, Ads by Albireo, BazzSearch.com, BuyNSave, Chum Search, PC Optimizer Pro, FixIt, Freemake Video Converter, Feed.BazzSearch.com, Flirchi.com, FunDay24.ru, Ghostify, Gangnamgame.net, Hohosearch.com, Jyhjyy.top, Liveadexchanger.com, MySites123.com, Syndication.exoclick.com, N121adserv.com, PC Backup 360, SafeBrowsing.biz, Searchguide.level3.com, Smartsputnik.ru, S.admathhd.com, Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net, TTwifi, AdsKeeper.co.uk, TrafficFactory.biz, Trafliesb-ph.ru, Vaudix, YeaBests.cc, HDwallpaper, WinFix 10 or any other third-party add-ons, extensions, and toolbars. You should also look for all kinds of suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Enter A Product Key from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then start again the Internet Explorer in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will soon reopen.
3. Delete any folders or files related to Enter A Product Key by checking the following locations: