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Remove USB Locker ads (Removal Instructions)

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What do you need to know USB Locker virus?

USB Locker adware might seem to be a useful app at the first sight because it promises to allow the user to adjust access mode for USB storage devices. Sadly, in reality, this program cannot be trusted because it falls into potentially unwanted programs (PUP) category, and is assigned to spyware category. As we have already stated, it functions as an adware-type application, which means its primary target is to collect data about user’s browsing sessions and serve intrusive web ads.

The first thing that USB Locker does once it gets installed on the computer is that it incorporates tracking cookies into web browsers and starts observing what the victim is interested in. For example, it tracks what websites does the computer user visit, what ads lure him/her into clicking on them, and what search terms does the user use in web searches. Then this ad-supported application summarizes the collected data and picks certain advertisements to display. These USB Locker ads can show up in various forms, typically pop-up ads, in-text links, banners, and so on. Keep in mind that these ads by USB Locker might seem useful, but it would be risky to consider them trustworthy. Some of these ads might connect you with untrustworthy websites once clicked, so be careful! Unreliable web pages often provide catchy-looking ads, “useful” links, suggest free apps or software updates. We would like to warn you that such content can be dangerous to your computer system, so make sure you do not download anything from sites that look at least a bit suspicious to you.

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Questions about USB Locker ads

There is no doubt that an emergence of countless ads is a bothersome occurrence, and many people typically start looking for the cause of it, and ways to fix it. Luckily, you can remove USB Locker ads just by uninstalling the adware program that generates them. To do that, use anti-spyware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or eliminate it manually.

How did this program hijack your PC?

You have to understand that potentially unwanted programs are not viruses and that they cannot infiltrate the computer system without your approval. To make users install such programs, their developers bundle them with other free programs. When the user downloads such free program that contains, for example, USB Locker app, he/she might possibly install it without even realizing that it was bundled with an additional program. To refuse to install such additions, the user must go to installation settings and configure them. It is important to switch installation settings from Default/Recommended to Advanced/Custom. When an extra menu appears, stating what optional apps can be installed along with the main program, the user has to remove checkmarks next to permissions to install them. The rest of the installation procedure can be completed in the usual manner.

What is the best way to remove USB Locker from PC?

Infected with USB Locker virus? First of all, you should not use the term “virus” when speaking about this potentially unwanted program, but we understand what makes you think that it is a virus. The activity of this ad-supported application is very intrusive, but the good news is that you can quickly eliminate this computer parasite and forget about inconveniences it causes. You just need to run a system scan using an anti-spyware program to delete it automatically; if you’d rather opt for manual USB Locker removal option, then follow instructions provided below.

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To remove USB Locker ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall USB Locker from Windows systems

To remove USB Locker 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 USB Locker (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.

Get rid of USB Locker from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for USB Locker or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase USB Locker 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 USB Locker 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,
  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 USB Locker removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove USB Locker ads 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 USB Locker-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

Eliminate USB Locker 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 USB Locker 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 USB Locker 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 USB Locker removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete USB Locker 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 USB Locker 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 USB Locker-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 USB Locker removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall USB Locker 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 USB Locker 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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. dELILAH says:
    August 1st, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Thank you for the help. I clearly had no idea where do these ads come from, but now I understand this. I have even understood when did I installed this – along with suspicious file converter. This report was really useful.

  2. Damian says:
    August 1st, 2016 at 2:44 am

    USB Locker is hardly useful. Its just not worth it – the ads are so annoying and the quality of app features is just not that great.

  3. adssuck says:
    August 1st, 2016 at 2:45 am

    I could not stand these ads! Im sooooo glad that they do not show up anymore…

  4. Sillo says:
    August 1st, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Targeted advertising can be tricky… I have been convinced to click on a banner that took me to a site that advertises rogue anti-spyware program. Dont trust annoying ads that show up everywhere, its just a sign that your computer is infected.

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