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Remove Unlock this Page to Continue (Removal Guide) - updated Oct 2020

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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 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 a 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!
  • Choose 1 offer or install 1 app below

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 ReimageIntego.

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.

Unlock This Page scamUnlock This Page scam is a social engineering technique helping hackers to generate easy money by redirecting users to survey sites.

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 ReimageIntego 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 ContinueUnlock 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 ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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

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:

To remove Unlock this Page to Continue 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 Unlock this Page to Continue (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 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:

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 Unlock this Page to Continue 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 Unlock this Page to Continue removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Unlock this Page to Continue 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 Unlock this Page to Continue-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 Unlock this Page to Continue from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

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 Unlock this Page to Continue 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 Unlock this Page to Continue 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 Unlock this Page to Continue removal.Reset Firefox 2

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:

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 Unlock this Page to Continue 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 Unlock this Page to Continue-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 Unlock this Page to Continue removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Unlock this Page to Continue 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 Unlock this Page to Continue 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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  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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