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.
|Name||“Apple ID Locked”|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Symptoms such as changes in the browser settings and unpleasant generation of pesky ads are the most prominent.|
|Distribution Method||Spam letters, file bundles, clickbait pop-ups, etc.|
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Remove “Apple ID has been locked” Email Scam
The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:
You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.
Alternatively you can simultaneously press ⌘ (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).
If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.
In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.
Close the dialog box/window.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:
Now click on Sample at the bottom:
Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:
The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.
On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.
First, Force Quit Safari again.
Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.
Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.
Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove “Apple ID Locked” From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove “Apple ID Locked” From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!