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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.

Questions about USB Locker 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.

USB Locker adware

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

  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 USB Locker and related programs
    Here, look for USB Locker 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'

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)

  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 USB Locker 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 USB Locker removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove USB Locker ads 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, USB Locker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate USB Locker from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 USB Locker 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 USB Locker removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete USB Locker from Google Chrome

  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 USB Locker 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 USB Locker removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall USB Locker 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 USB Locker 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 USB Locker removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
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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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