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Remove Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam (Removal Instructions) - Sep 2020 update

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Internet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FEC is yet another tech support scam which has nothing in common with Google

Code 055BCCAC9FEC scamCode 055BCCAC9FEC is the fake error message that appears on the browser as a full screen and displays additional pop-ups that keep the person frustrated. The primary aim is to make people scared and eager to call the technical support hotline where scammers can directly lie to the person and obtain personal information, demand payment for the service.

Internet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FEC is a fraudulent message which belongs to tech support scammers. They try to convince their victims that this message belongs to Google, Microsoft, and similar well-known companies. Typically, it shows up on the desktop while people are browsing the Internet and informs them that their computers are infected with serious malware. Additionally, they are asked to call “Windows Technical support” at +1-833-337-6555, +1-844-592-9882 or similar number. However, we want to stress out that this number belongs to cybercriminals and you should never use it.[1]

Name Code 055BCCAC9FEC
Type Technical support scan/ adware
Tactics Showing fake alerts, warning messages with errors and system issues, so the person believes and calls the technical support number or installs the suggested software
Symptoms Advertisements not coming from the original site appears filling up the screen, redirects open new tabs and browser windows with fake system alerts and errors stating about damage or malware to lure people into contacting the scammers
Danger Calling the technical support number may cost you a fortune, people behind the phone number, in most cases, only care for your personal data, credentials or money that can be obtained directly from you. Stolen personal information can be used in the later scam campaigns
Distribution Freeware installations and deceptive sites lead to adware and PUP infiltrations. Such cyber threats cause fake errors and scammy messages
Elimination Get the anti-malware program and remove Code 055BCCAC9FEC with all the traces and related programs by scanning the system fully

Typically redirects to Code 055BCCAC9FEC website starts when adware is installed on the computer. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) usually gets into the system unnoticed with the help of various free downloads and initiates needed system updates. As a result, it gets an ability to start showing the fake error message as soon as user starts browsing the Internet.

The main activity of Internet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FEC is to redirect victims to the technical support scam website that displays this alert:

Internet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FEC

Internet Security Alert : Your Computer Might Be Infected By Harmful Viruses.
Please Do Not Shut Down or Reset Your Computer.

The following data might be compromised if you continue:
1. Passwords
2. Browser History
3. Credit Card Information
4.Local Hard Disk Files.

These viruses are well known for identity and credit card theft. Further action on this computer or any other device on your network might reveal private information and involve serious risks.

Call Windows Technical Support: +1-833-337-6555 (Toll Free)

Internet Security Alert Code 055bccac9fecInternet Security Alert Code 055bccac9fec is the program that causes redirects to many fake system warnings to scare the victim into calling the toll-free number. The purpose of this “Internet Security Alert” virus is to trick users into calling the provided number and following “specialists” instructions. However, people who are going to pick up the phone are not willing to help you. They might have other purposes, such as:

  • Tricking you into purchasing useless security tools that are supposed to clean computers from a virus. In this way, scammers can get your credit card information or other sensitive data. Thus, it may lead to money loss or identity theft.
  • Convincing you to install remote access tools in order to let “technicians” to do the removal for you. In this case, criminals can install malware or spyware[2] on your computer and perform other cyberattacks in the future.

Therefore, you should NOT call the provided phone number. All the information provided by Code 055BCCAC9FEC virus is not real. The only problem your computer has is adware infection which might be wiped out quickly with anti-malware tool.  Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other system repair software can help with the virus damage.

We recommend not to delay Internet Security Alert Code 055BCCAC9FEC removal because the ad-supported program might also:

  • display intrusive ads that include potentially dangerous or malicious content;
  • trigger redirects to affiliate sites out of sudden or when you click links or buttons;
  • track information about users and use it for marketing reasons;
  • sell aggregated information to third-parties that might be advertising networks.

All these problems pose a danger to your privacy and make browsing the internet complicated. Thus, you should remove Internet Security Alert Code 055BCCAC9FEC from your computer immediately. As we have already told, you can do it automatically with security software. However, you can find manual removal give at the end of the article too.

Code 055BCCAC9FEC tech support scamCode 055BCCAC9FEC scam is the program that pretends to be legitimate security alert from Microsoft; however, it's not.

The success of adware infiltration lies under bad user’s habits

The ad-supported application usually spreads in freeware or shareware packages as an optional component. Malicious application is usually presented as a useful add-on, PC optimization tool or similar app. Thus, users who are using Advanced/Custom settings can be tricked into installing it.

However, researchers from viruss.lv[3] tell that users rarely choose to install new programs using Advanced settings. Usually, they rely on Quick/Standard settings that do not reveal additional components.

The trick is that users give indirect permission to install the whole package when using a Quick setup. Thus, these settings should not be used in order not to install unknown programs without realizing it.

Stop redirects to “Internet Security Alert! Code: 055BCCAC9FEC”

You can remove Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam either manually or automatically. In the virus description, we have mentioned that automatic elimination is performed with anti-malware/anti-spyware software. However, browser reset is also recommended to get rid of tracking cookies.

However, we are aware that not everyone wants to use additional software for PUPs removal. For this reason, our team has prepared a manual Code 055BCCAC9FEC removal guide. Do not rush and be attentive! If you leave at least one of the adware-related component, you will need to perform the procedure again.

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To remove Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam, follow these steps:

Delete Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam from Windows systems

To remove the fake error message, you have to look up for adware and its related components in the system. Follow the steps below and do not forget to take care of your browsers:

To remove Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Uninstall Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam from Internet Explorer (IE)

Redirects to Error Code 055BCCAC9FEC tech support scam website will end up as soon as you remove questionable add-ons and reset the Internet Explorer.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam from Microsoft Edge

After the hijack, you should fix Microsoft Edge by following these steps:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall questionable Firefox extensions that might responsible for forcing you to visit this shady tech support website:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam from Google Chrome

These guidelines will help you to get rid of 055BCCAC9FEC error from Google Chrome:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Code 055BCCAC9FEC scam and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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