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Remove Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons (Free Guide) - Removal Instructions

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons is a deceptive popup that seeks to profit on application downloads

Google Chrome Blocked for Security ReasonsGoogle Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons is a scam that claims that the computer has been locked due to virus infection

Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons is yet another online scam that could be encountered on any web browser. According to the suspicious message, an error 0x120E7A2C was encountered on the system due to a virus infection. In order to eliminate it, visitors are asked to download and subscribe to a service that is meant to delete the alleged threat from the computer. The notification also mentions that, if the warning to be ignored, access to a computer will be disabled fully.

Of course, Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons is just another website that attempts to deceive users using social engineering[1] techniques and make some money for the fake alert developers. You should never download any software that is advertised in such a way, as you might infect your computer with malware, consequently compromising your computer security and online safety.

Name Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons 
Type Online scam, phishing
Claim The warning claims that viruses have been found on the users' computer and that some type of antivirus software needs to be downloaded and installed in order to eliminate it 
Indicated error 0x120E7A2C
Distribution Rogue websites that users can encounter randomly or after being redirected by adware or another potentially unwanted program
Risks Downloading and installing software advertised through scam messages can be extremely dangerous, as the installer might turn out to be malicious and result in malware infection. This can consequently lead to monetary losses, computer function disruptions, privacy issues, sensitive data leak, or even identity theft
Related System Blocked for Security Reasons
Elimination You should not interact with the website's contents. If you downloaded something, you should immediately follow the removal instructions we provide below
Further steps Malware or adware infections can diminish the performance of your computer or cause serious stability issues. Use ReimageIntego to remediate your device and ensure that the virus damage is fixed

While the fake alert might be encountered at random, it is important to note if Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons redirects (or similar scam sites) occur frequently – this typically indicates that adware is rerouting your traffic to dangerous places on the internet. Thus, you should always take adequate measures to check your computer and web browsers promptly, which would also remove Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons ads from the machine once and for all.

This scam is nothing out of the ordinary – the attackers use attributes that are familiar to most internet users – such as the Chrome logo or Windows error code. This is a very common technique used by cybercriminals to make the alert more believable, as visitors would assume it is coming from a legitimate party, such as Google or Microsoft.

However, looking closely at the Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons virus alert, it becomes clear that it is fake:

  • The URL the warning message is displayed from is not coming from Google or another reputable website
  • Windows error code is fictional – it simply does not exist
  • Nothing could block your computer via the web browser apart from malware, but it needs to be installed first
  • There is no indication of what “security software” you are about to download
  • Microsoft and Google would never offer you to download anything on their official alerts.

Here is the full message:

Warning!
Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons
Threat code: 0x120E7A2C
We have found a frequently displayed annoying ad
To disable this ad and remove the viruses showing it, an antivirus must be updated immediately!
Required Immediately: Click “Proceed” then on the next page click “Subscribe Now” to download and install the latest version of antivirus software.
Proceed…
Do not ignore this safety alert. If you close this page before updating an antivirus, your computer access will be disabled to prevent future damage to our network.

Send threat report to Microsoft Security Team (Recommended)

You should ignore this message and never interact with any buttons or links presented. While the applications advertised by crooks might be legitimate (they receive a commission each time somebody downloads the app from its developers), it can sometimes turn out to be malicious, resulting in malware infection.

Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons removal is simple – just close down the browser tab you see it on, as neither your computer nor browser is locked. Just to be sure, you should download and install SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another anti-malware that could help you find malicious software on your computer (experts[2] also recommend following up with a ReimageIntego repair tool for best results). 

Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons scamGoogle Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons is a fake alert that attempts to make users download malicious software

If you have noticed that redirects to Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons scam site is not a solo occurrence, and you see an increased number of ads, you should check the installed browser extensions and applications on your device. If you are not sure how – follow the step-by-step guide below.

Online scams are common – do not get tricked by criminals

Computer software is awesome, as it allows users to customize their experience and perform actions that would otherwise be impossible. Unfortunately, there is plenty of tools that are useless or straight out malicious. Scam messages found around the web are typically used to install potentially unwanted programs or malware on users' computers. You should always check the website URL that is showing you a suspicious message – it is a number one hint that it is fake.

As mentioned above, adware could be the main reason why you are being redirected to potentially dangerous websites. Besides redirects, the adware can also disrupt normal web browsing activities by inserting pop-ups, banners, flashing windows, in-text links, and other content that does not come from a website you are visiting. To make matters worse, PUPs often spy on users' behavior and sell this information to unknown third-parties.

Therefore, you should take all adequate measures to prevent the infiltration of potentially unwanted applications. Here are some tips that could help you with that:

  • Do not download apps from untrustworthy sources, such as torrent sites;
  • Never “update” software such as Flash[3] through suspicious notifications encountered around the web – visit the official site instead;
  • During the installation of freeware, always pick Advanced settings instead of Recommended ones;
  • Employ reputable anti-malware that can recognize potentially unwanted programs.

Don't trust Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons scam and get rid of it immediately

Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons removal is super simple – just close the browser tab it is shown on. By no means should you believe that is said, especially do not download programs that are promoted via this scam. If you already downloaded whatever was offered, uninstall it immediately as per our instructions below. This would also be beneficial to do if you suspect that adware is hiding on your machine.

Since apps offered via scams can often contain or be malware, you should also employ additional means to ensure your computer safety. We recommend you scan your device with powerful anti-malware software to see if something is found. A repeated scan with another tool is also advised. Finally, you should check and clean your web browsers, such as removing suspicious extensions and clearing web browsing data.

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To remove Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons, follow these steps:

Erase Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons from Windows systems

To delete potentially unwanted programs from Windows, follow these instructions:

To remove Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons 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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons (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.

Eliminate Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons from Mac OS X system

macOS users can be frequent victims of adware:

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

Remove Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons-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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons, 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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons 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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons from Microsoft Edge

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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons-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

Get rid of Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons 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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons 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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons from Google Chrome

If you found suspicious extensions on Chrome, make sure you eliminate them as soon as possible. If ads do not stop, you can reset the browser fully:

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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons 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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons-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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons 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 Google Chrome Blocked for Security Reasons 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

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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