Another Microsoft computer problem, imagine that. I received a question pertaining to a computer being locked, on a third party website where I earn supplemental income answering computer and technology related questions. Here is the original question quoted verbatim.
My HP laptop has been locked by Windows Security. They locked my computer and viruses are being sent over my computer. I am communicating with you on a second computer.
This individual was using a Hewlett Packard computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. They were communicating with me on a computer with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. They were able to fix this issue by powering and back on their computer.
Press the power button on the Windows 10 computer until it powers off. Make sure to keep the power button pressed, until it powers off. You will be performing a cold boot.
Once the computer completely powers off, then try to power it back on. See if you can log in if boots to the login screen. This individual claimed that they received a verbal message stating that their computer was locked by Microsoft security team.
Microsoft does not hire employees to lock your computer. Microsoft also does not call people out of the blue. There are a great many Microsoft support scams.
This to me is another one of those scams. The perpetrators will use your emotions against you and get you to call a phone number or visit a website. Then they will lure you into giving them plenty of money.
There is another form of malware called scare ware. This is exactly what I am speaking of. They will scare you into making a decision to purchase support at a possible ridiculous price point.
Just because cold booting your computer fixed this issue, does NOT necessarily mean that you are clear and free. You may have been infected by malware, spyware, and viruses. You will want to perform full malware, spyware, and virus scans on your computer.
Since this computer had Microsoft Windows 10 installed, you could use the built in already installed Microsoft Windows defender. Windows defender will scan for both malware and viruses. Microsoft Windows defender may not be the best malware and virus scanner.
However, it still may detect infections. Windows 10 has a free malware and virus tool already installed called Windows Defender. Run a scan with it.
Click the Windows 10 start menu icon in lower left corner. Select “Search” and type in “Windows Defender”. Select “Windows Defender Security Center”.
I also use Emsisoft Emergency Kit, to scan for malware and spyware. SuperAntiSpyware is another tool I use to scan for malware and spyware.
You do NOT necessarily have to use the above malware, spyware, and virus tools. Microsoft Windows defender is convenient and not that difficult to use. Plus now Microsoft Windows defender is designed to scan for malware and spyware infections, as well as for virus infections.
The point is to run some malware, spyware, and virus scans. I would NOT fell pressured to call any phone number or visit any website offered in these potential scare ware scams. Not only will you be paying potentially a lot of money for these services, but you may be allowing somebody nefarious access to your computer.
Once they gain access to your computer, they then gain access to all your data. They could install malware, spyware, and even viruses now. Also, they could literally install a keystroke logger that will log all of your mouse clicks and keyboard activity.
Believe it or not, they could be watching you use your computer, all after they hung up the phone or disconnected the remote support connection. Another tip is to always back up your computer data, because you just never know when you will end up in a computing quagmire. You need to become cautious of what websites you visit.
Also, you need to think of a plan of action, if you do indeed run across a locked computer screen caused by malware. You do not necessarily want to become emotional about your predicament and make further mistakes. You could also perform a system restore.
You could restore your computer back to before you had this problem. This could potentially remove any nefarious malware, spyware, or virus from your Windows 10 computer.