What is Windows Security has been Compromised scam? And how does it work?
Windows Security has been Compromised scam is not just a tech support scam but also a screen-locking malware that could lock your computer’s screen. This tech support scam scares users by locking their computer and making them think that their Windows computer has been compromised by some “unsolvable threat”. Although the message holds some truth into it, the malware that has compromised your system is not unsolvable at all.
Once this malware invades your computer, it will quickly make changes in the system. It modifies the Windows Registry in order to lock your computer. After it succeeds in executing its attack, your computer’s screen will be locked and you’ll see the following message:
“Windows Security has been Compromised
Your Windows Security has been Compromised and Microsoft has detected an unsolvable threat
and this threat can result from a great loss to your computer and it has been violated the terms of Microsoft.
We (Microsoft) will not be the responsible for any kinds of security threats.
Your PC has been Blocked, so you cannot access your PC right now and it is very much bad for you.
We have covered you with 2 options
- Install a New Windows (Removes all the data and files)
- Purchase and Verify the new License from the Microsoft Certified Technician
The choice is yours, If you choose the number 1. Then we are going to delete all of your files
from your computer and we are going to ban you from your PC and the 2nd one refers if you
want your files back, click the below button (what to do) and you need to purchase and verify
the new license from the Microsoft certified technician and you will get your files back
What to do?
Department: Windows Help and Support
Already got a new License? Submit it here:”
As you can see, this screen-locking malware may even resemble a ransomware as it threatens to delete all your files if you choose to install a new Windows. However, it does not have the capability of encrypting files so rest assured that your files are safe. And you must not in any way, contact the given fake tech support number as the crooks will only demand you to pay for some unnecessary and unwanted service. In fact, you must ignore this tech support scam altogether and get rid of it from your computer.
How does the Windows Security has been Compromised scam circulate the web?
Windows Security has been Compromised scam may circulate the web in freeware and shareware packages that are found on free sharing websites. This malware might be bundled with other programs in a software package so make sure that when you install any freeware or shareware, use the Advanced or Custom setup instead of the quick one.
Follow the removal instructions given below to get rid of the Windows Security has been Compromised scam from your system.
Step 1: Tap the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to open a menu and then expand the Shutdown options which is right next to the power button.
Step 2: After that, tap and hold the Shift key and then click on Restart.
Step 3: And in the Troubleshoot menu that opens, click on the Advanced options and then go to the Startup settings.
Step 4: Click on Restart and tap F4 to select Safe Mode or tap F5 to select “Safe Mode with Networking”.
Step 5: After your PC has successfully rebooted, tap Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
Step 6: Go to the Processes tab and look for the process named “WindowsRansomware.exe” as well as any suspicious-looking process that could be related to the malware and then end its process.
Step 7: Exit the Task Manager and open Control Panel by pressing the Windows key + R, then type in appwiz.cpl and then click OK or press Enter.
Step 8: From the list of installed programs, look for “Windows Ransomware” and any unknown and dubious program that could be related to the Windows Security has been Compromised malware and then uninstall it.
Step 9: Close Control Panel and tap Win + E keys to open File Explorer.
Step 10: Navigate to the following locations and look for the malicious components of Windows Security has been Compromised malware such as “WindowsRansomware.exe” and then delete them all.
- %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
Step 11: Close the File Explorer.
Before you proceed to the next steps below, make sure that you are tech savvy enough to the point where you know exactly how to use and navigate your computer’s Registry. Keep in mind that any changes you make will highly impact your computer. To save you the trouble and time, you can just use [product-name] this system tool is proven to be safe and excellent enough that hackers won’t be able to hack into it. But if you can manage Windows Registry well, then, by all means, go on to the next steps.
Step 12: Tap Win + R to open Run and then type in regedit in the field and tap enter to pull up Windows Registry.
Step 13: Navigate to the listed paths below and look for the registry keys and sub-keys created by Windows Security has been Compromised malware.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveTimeOut
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Step 14: Delete the registry keys and sub-keys related to the Windows Security has been Compromised malware.
Step 15: Close the Registry Editor and empty your Recycle Bin.
To ensure the complete removal of Windows Security has been Compromised malware you have to use a reliable program like [product-name]. How? Follow the advanced removal steps below.
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.