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Unlock this Page to Continue. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Unlock this Page – a scam seeking to scare its victims by locking their devices 

Unlock This Page
Unlock This Page is a scam locking the web browser to scare the victim into clicking the link and falling for the survey scam.

Unlock this Page is a scam campaign that is using social engineering to redirect users to specific websites filled with surveys and fake offers. While you may think that the virus mimics ransomware[1] as it can lock your the web browser, it is a survey scam that has been spread by PUPs. To unlock the screen, you just need to cancel your locked web browser with the help of task manager. Alternatively, disable this screen locker by uninstalling all suspicious apps installed on your computer behind your back. Unlock this Page virus can also be found as one of the following scams: 

  • Complete 1 more offer(s) to unlock this page
  • Complete 2 more offer(s) to unlock this page
  • After completion this page will unlock!

Questions about Unlock this Page to Continue

Keep in mind that each of these offers is fake and all you need to do is to ignore the fake warning message on your browser. After canceling it, carefully check your system for PUPs that typically spread in a bundle of freeware. 

Name Unlock this Page to Continue (Unlock this Page)
Type PUP/scam/fake alert/fraud
Danger level High. By using social engineering, the virus can steal the victim's money, personal data, etc.
Distribution Freeware, corrupted websites, fake links
Main signs of infection
  • Locked web browser;
  • Fake warnings appearing while browsing;
  • Numerous offers to contact tech experts;
  • Redirects to unfamiliar websites
Elimination process You can delete the PUP responsible for showing Unlock this Page alert with the help of Reimage.

Unlock this Page virus has mostly been targeting Windows OS; however, other versions of the operating system might be affected as well. Usually, crypto-malware[2] uses different algorithms to encode victims' data and then demands money in exchange for unlocking it, however, even if this app might seem like one, it truly acts more like the PORNOGRAPHIC VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT scam and does not encrypt any documents or files.

Talking about the functionality of “Unlock this Page to Continue!” virus, it does not lock the entire computer. However, inexperienced computer users might be terrified while finding themselves disabled while trying to bypass the lock screen. They might start panicking and having thoughts that the computer system might experience severe damage while it is only a lie. Thus, terrified users follow hackers' demands [3].

Unlock this Page has several variants of text that might be prompted on the affected computer’s screen. Typically, this cyber threat asks to complete a survey to unlock page. One such questionnaire earns a dollar or two for the crooks, hundreds and thousands of such locked computers collect quite a delicate amount of money. Nevertheless, personal information that is provided might be misused for carrying illegitimate actions and relate to identity theft.

Additionally, the scam might also redirect to unsafe websites, install various toolbars[4] or complete similar actions by claiming that “after completion this page will unlock!”, for instance:

Unlock this Page to Continue!
This page will immediately unlock and restore normal access upon your participation in an offer below. Please use valid information!
Your desktop was locked.
Complete an offer below to unlock your desktop.
(…)
Complete an offer to continue.

It might also tempt you into completing the survey by offering discount coupons:

Breakfast on Us with a Gift Card!
Receive FREE pair of Headphones!
Go on a shopping spree!
Get FREE Food Delivery!

Once you complete the survey or install some toolbar, you might receive another prompt asking to install 1 more app to unlock this page. Such awaiting messages will remain on the screen until crooks get what they want or the user finally performs the removal of the PUP responsible for such an activity.

To bypass the lock screen and remove Unlock this Page to Continue!, victims have to reboot your PC or at least cancel your web browser with the help of Task Manager. Then, make sure you reset the affected web browser. If closing the page filled with this scam does not prevent it from appearing again, you should continue with reputable software to eliminate malicious freeware from the system. 

Alternatively, scan the system with a reputable anti-malware program, such as Reimage to find rogue content injected in your system and web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, and Safari. To sum up, Unlock this Page removal can be performed in two ways.

Unlock This Page to Continue
Unlock This Page to Continue is closely related to the PUP that you can download to your computer as an optional component of other software. Be careful with your choices!

Scams similar to Unlock this Page to continue virus

Unlock this Page is a scam used to terrify users on the web. Beware that there are numerous types of the same scam spreading around that have been created and released to scare and convince people to complete some types of actions. The beforementioned scam app also relates to some other ones such as:

Complete 1 more offer(s) to unlock this page

Complete 1 more offer(s) to unlock this page is almost identical scam related to Unlock this Page. It appears to lock user's computer screen or only a web browser. It might interrupt you either when you enter a suspicious third-party website or install a potentially unwanted program provoking the lock screen. The scam might offer to complete some steps, e.g. provide some personal details, in order to “unlock the page”. Please, ignore such offer to protect yourself from fraud.

Complete 2 more offer(s) to unlock this page

The Complete 2 more offer(s) to unlock this page scam is related to Potentially unwanted programs. After such program infiltrates the system, it modifies its settings and also alters the web browser to lock it down. As a result, the victim is interrupted by the fake message asking to complete a questionnaire or perform similar steps to unlock the locked page.

However, this information which is provided in Complete 2 more offer(s) to unlock this page alert is false and might only cause you problems if you decide to provide some details about yourself or your computer system. Do not fall for believing in things that it claims and be aware of redirects that might take you to malware-laden pages.

After completion this page will unlock!

After completion this page will unlock! is a survey scam which has mostly been appearing on iPhones. The scareware is also created to scam people into adding their personal information to the recommended survey. However, this is an easiest way to become a victim of identity theft.

To prevent this scam, install an adblocker. If your Chrome, Firefox or other web browser is locked, cancel its task via the Task manager. Don't forget to remove the cause (potentially unwanted program, such as adware) from the system to forget about this survey scam in the future. 

PUPs are responsible why lock screens and survey scams are appearing on your browser

Potentially unwanted programs are closely related to survey scams. Typically, they appear on the system through software packages. Because of that, don’t forget using Advanced/Custom installation settings instead of Quick/recommended. The latter method does not openly disclose about third-party apps that might be malicious or have other negative features. During advanced installation, you have to unmark ticks from all pre-selected entries.

According to technology experts from NoVirus.uk,[5] potentially unwanted content also can come injected into questionable-looking hyperlinks, advertising posts, and similar content. By keeping a distance from such directories, you will do a great job at increasing your computer's security level and preventing various threats and PUPs from entering your computer system.

Thus, you have to pay attention even to the smallest details when enabling new content or to run an app. Additionally, restrain from visiting illegal or potentially insecure file-sharing domains. Last but not least, get a reliable anti-malware program which will provide full computer protection and display alerts when you try to enter an unsafe website.

Eliminate “Unlock this Page to Continue!” virus from your PC

The first “Unlock this Page to Continue!” removal step requires unlocking the computer. For that, you have to reboot PC to Safe Mode. Just restart your computer and, as soon as your PC becomes active, start tapping F8. Now choose Safe Mode with Networking option using your keyboard. Find explicit instructions below.

We do not recommend wasting your time with manual malware removal. There are few chances that you will succeed in eliminating all elements. It is wiser to remove “Unlock this Page to Continue!” virus automatically with Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes.

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To remove Unlock this Page to Continue, follow these steps:

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Erase Unlock this Page to Continue from Windows systems

Get rid of potentially unwanted content from your Windows machine. You can do that by performing the below-given guidelines:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Unlock this Page to Continue and related programs
    Here, look for Unlock this Page to Continue or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Uninstall Unlock this Page to Continue from Internet Explorer (IE)

Terminate all suspicious objects from Internet Explorer by using the below-given guide and taking each step carefully:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Unlock this Page to Continue and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Unlock this Page to Continue removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Delete Unlock this Page to Continue from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Unlock this Page to Continue should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Unlock this Page to Continue from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Rogue objects from Mozilla can be removed with the help of these instructions:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Unlock this Page to Continue and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Unlock this Page to Continue removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove Unlock this Page to Continue from Google Chrome

If you have spotted some rogue components in Chrome, you can easily terminate them by following this guide:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Unlock this Page to Continue and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Unlock this Page to Continue removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Unlock this Page to Continue from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Unlock this Page to Continue or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Unlock this Page to Continue removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. rhey says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 2:45 am

    complete this quick survey

  2. Apon says:
    July 4th, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I get where I pages?

  3. axel says:
    April 28th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Android phones and no solution

  4. seoul says:
    September 10th, 2015 at 10:52 am

    thank

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