This page aims to help you remove Police Lock Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
The article below is designed to explain all about Police Lock Virus. This piece of software has been classified as an exemplary browser hijacker – a program, which may cause some changes to any or all of your browsers. The potential alterations may include the way your browser apps look (setting different homepages and new default search engines); the way they typically act – there could begin an intense production of online ads, such as banners and pop-ups. Some redirecting processes may also be conducted. Moreover, no browser app will be spared and left unaffected by this hijacker, as it is capable of taking over all of them – Firefox, Explorer, Chrome and/or Opera. In the following paragraphs you will find all the information about this type of software in general, as well as some specific Police Lock Virus-related details.
What may a browser hijacker do to your PC? Can such a program be considered dangerous?
The main characteristic feature of browser hijackers, which we should mention, is their marketing-driven behavior. All programs of this kind have been created with the actual purpose of advertise various types of software, services, homepages, web pages and/or search engines. The programmers that create them earn substantial amounts of money, and normally get paid considering the total number of redirections and pop-ups their browser hijackers can initiate and generate. When we talk about Police Lock Virus and its sibling programs, the larger number of those annoying ads and redirections is believed to equal a more efficient advertising process. One more potential trait of these programs is the fact that they might track your search requests; collect such data and later on – send you to the pages you are supposed to be interested in only; or possibly generate exactly the ads you may be tempted to click on. We should also add here that there isn’t anything illegal about that kind of acting, as hijackers might only infect your browser apps, they may also get access to their databases.
Is there anything in common between any hijacker and any virus?
For instance, in case we are talking about Police Lock Virus and a Ransomware-like product, we should state that Ransomware represents the most dangerous cyber threat ever known to users worldwide. Such a virus is able to and is going to detect the data you consider vital, and encrypt it, preventing you from using it or accessing it in any way. What’s more, the ransom-demanding viruses will NOT even need your either knowing or unknowing approval to block your files and get installed on your PC. They can perform these activities themselves perfectly well. If you compare this description to the one of the normal hijackers we have already discussed, you will see that software like Police Lock Virus may not be as harmful as the usual virus programs you can come across.
What kinds of suspicious methods might hijackers use to invade and modify your browser apps?
These more or less harmless products may manipulate you into agreeing unknowingly them to install them on your computer. That could occur if, for example, Police Lock Virus has been distributed via a bundle. The so called bundles are maybe the most typical sources of ad-related programs like hijackers and Adware. Actually, they are just free mixtures of programs of various kind (games; apps; interesting new programs) and you can get and try them for free. However, here comes the trick – you might want to use something from a particular bundle so much that you could end up treating its installation as unimportant. The majority of the hijacker victims tend to do that and go with the easiest installation method. Usually, this is the Automatic wizard option (also famous as Easy or Default) and allow the entire content of the bundle to get incorporated into their systems. Consequently, they could get infected with the Adware or the hijacker from a given bundle.
Our recommendation when it comes to installing any piece of software
You had better install any software that you download, using either the Customized feature of the installer, or the Advanced one. Only could these ways of installing programs indeed ensure that you get to select what to install on your PC and what to completely disregard. If you decide to go with one of the aforementioned two options, you will get the chance to choose the features of the program you are installing; and allow or prohibit the modifications it could cause.
In case of an already occurring Police Lock Virus-caused contamination:
For your own good, scroll down to our Removal Guide, which is designed to help you uninstall the irritating hijacker.
|Name||Police Lock Virus|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Only your browsers might change a little bit in terms of the online ads that you see; or some unauthorised redirecting; also, maybe your search engines will be changed.|
|Distribution Method||Inside program bundles; torrents; infected websites and shareware mostly.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|
Police Lock Virus Removal
If you are a Mac user, please use this guide instead.
If you are an iPhone/iPad user, please use this guide instead.
For Pc/Windows users: proceed with the guide below.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Police Lock Virus successfully!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Police Lock Virus from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Police Lock Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Police Lock Virus from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!