Apple ID Locked
If you have been subjected to an email from “Apple” stating that your “Apple ID has been locked” you might be a victim of an email scam. Remember this is not really an e-mail from Apple but a fraudulent attempt against you. However, you might indeed have a problem on your hands, of a different variety – a browser hijacker.
We have published the article below to aid you in counteracting “Apple ID has been locked”. This program is a legal browser hijacker, which in spite of being quite harmless, may appear to be very annoying because its basic consequences might include, for example changing your browser apps in various ways, by redirecting you to different online locations whenever you attempt to load a website and therefore, making your browsing an unpleasant experience. Furthermore, it can cause the production of a great number of pop-up and other ads that your device may be stuck with, and you could be left unable to use its features fully. In addition, this hijacker can set new homepages and search engines that this hijacker’s creators are paid to advertise. In fact, every version of a browser may become a victim of such software – neither Explorer; nor Opera, Chrome or Firefox will be spared.
Hijackers are indeed one of the most typical versions of advertising software. Together with Adware, they may be seen as potentially unwanted programs. Nonetheless, none of them really harm the devices they infect in any way. They might simply modify all your browser apps in the ways we have mentioned above, but that’s all.
The “Apple ID has been locked” Email
“Apple ID has been locked” is a browser hijacker type of a security nuisance. “Apple ID has been locked” is categorized by the website redirects and pop-up ads it causes but it could potentially lead to even more serious problems.
Generally speaking, “Apple ID has been locked” and the programs like it only have marketing purposes. Actually, they get created to merely promote products, homepages, search engines, web platforms, different software and other goods/services. All the producers and service providers have worked very closely along with web developers to come up with legitimate software that may be used for online advertising. Thus, Adware and hijackers have been created. When talking about these ad-generating forms of software, all the parties involved earn from their annoying promotion campaigns. The manufacturers get their goods popularized, and programmers make rather large amounts of money, which depends on how effective their Adware and browser hijacker versions are. The advertising efficiency is basically measured by the number of redirects and ads displayed. Really, this may explain the oftentimes unbearably irritating behaviour of these programs – they have simply been set to produce a bigger number of pop-ups and redirect you more intensively.
Is “Apple ID has been locked” regarded as a virus?
As we have discussed at the beginning of this page, browser hijackers are legitimate programs. In contrast, no virus is legal. For example, Ransomware and Trojans are very dangerous and may result in various illegal activities performed from your machine. That’s not really the case when it comes to “Apple ID has been locked” – this program can’t trigger any malicious consequences.
How you may end up getting a “Apple ID has been locked” infection
Some professionals in the field believe that the ways software developers use to spread hijackers may be perceived as rather shady and intrusive and we are about to talk about their reasons. Even though this kind of software is accepted to be relatively harmless, no user wants to be annoyed by advertisements and redirecting, and is ever going to directly install such a program on their devices. In spite of that, this software is legal and as such, it has to get your direct or indirect consent to become a component of your PC.
Generally, that is why software bundles have been created – to distribute hijackers and Adware by fooling you into installing their whole content together with the ad-broadcasting software inside such a bundle. Indeed, bundles are free mixes of software you can access and download on the Internet. In general they comprise different and oftentimes interesting games and apps you could really be interested in using. That is normally a trap, though. In case you install such a bundle using the Easy, the Default or the Automatic installation feature, you are going to allow the entire content of the bundle in, and it is more than likely that your device will be contaminated by “Apple ID has been locked”. Nonetheless, if you remain calm and carry out a proper installation process, you are going to be free of ad-producing programs. For a proper installation process to be conducted, there are normally two options of the wizard which can help you. One is the Advanced, the other is the Custom. Check for them, choose them and you are going to be asked to choose the exact apps, games and program features you want to install on your PC.
Removing and avoiding “Apple ID has been locked” is not that difficult
For the purpose of removing “Apple ID has been locked”, follow the tips in our Removal Guide below. So as to stay away from such software from now on, simply remember to conduct safe installation processes, and to avoid the other likely sources of hijackers like torrents, illegal software-streaming web platforms, spam and all forms of ads and banners.
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Remove “Apple ID has been locked” Email Scam
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.