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Windows locked: what to do, how to unlock?

Very many Windows users have come acrossthe fact that sometimes the computer is blocked. Messages like "Your Windows is locked" can be issued in several cases. And this is not always due to the viral effect. The fact is that the system itself can issue notifications of this kind. Further it is offered to familiarize with possible situations and the basic methods of elimination of such problem.

Windows computer is blocked: possible reasons for this phenomenon

So, let's start with the root causes of the lock itselfOperating system, registration record, disk or access to some applications. In general, situations when it is reported that a computer with Windows is blocked, there may not be too many.

Windows Activation

Among all that is found most often, it is possible to single out such problems:

  • the system is blocked due to lack of activation;
  • Access to the programs is limited to the security system or administrator;
  • the system is blocked by extortion viruses.

Based on the root causes presented below, and consider some solutions that allow such situations to be corrected. And start by blocking some of the system functions after installing it on the computer.

What should I do if Windows 7 is locked after installation?

It's no secret that for all systems of this family,including already freely distributed the tenth modification, during the installation it is required to enter a special license key. However, in any installer, you can skip this step by deferring the activation of the operating system for later. The system will work, but the period of its use, as a rule, is limited to thirty days.

If during this time you do not enteractivation code on the screen in the system tray area and a constantly hanging notification appears that, for example, Windows 7 is locked. In other words, it will be impossible to fully use it. As already clear, to correct the situation it is necessary to activate. After the procedure is successfully completed and the system is rebooted, the system notification that the Windows system is locked will disappear. Many users, unfortunately, constantly postpone registration, leaving this procedure for later, and completely do not follow the terms of the end of the trial period. Thus, the usual carelessness leads to the fact that the entire system at one point stops working.

Using Activator

However, not all users aspire topurchase official copies of the system and does not always have the necessary activation keys. It is clear that in this case, a message will be issued again that Windows is locked. What to do in this situation?

Activating the system through KMSAuto Net

There is a solution, although it can be attributed to certainillegal actions on the part of the user who violate international law. However, our user never stopped it. If you want to activate the system without a key, it's enough to use utilities like KMSAuto Net, which perform this procedure automatically. The only thing that needs to be paid attention is an agreement on entering the process of re-activation into the "Task Scheduler" (the re-registration will take place every ten days). In addition, the file itself can not be deleted. In case of an antivirus or OS protection system ("Defender" and firewall), the object should be added to the list of exceptions of all tools that monitor the security of the system. In the firewall, the program can be immediately added to the list of allowed files or create a new rule to run it. Exactly the same actions are performed in antiviruses.

Admin rights

But to block access to Windows can andadministrator of the computer, and a sysadmin if network modifications are used. In this case, it is not only about limiting the use of programs or tools of the system, but even that entry at the level of a registered user will be simply impossible.

So, if the administrator has blocked Windows 10to enter, the solution is obvious - you need to turn to it to restore access. If you know the administrator login and password, the solution looks even simpler. Just log into the system under admin, go to account management, select your registration and set the necessary rights or remove the lock. Incidentally, installing the appropriate rights to change system settings or disabling the control of "accountants" can be useful in the event that Windows 10 has blocked the program, considering it unreliable when trying to install or when you start after installing it.

The simplest solution seems to be the disconnectioncontrol UAC, access to which can be obtained through the Windows search engine (so as not to rummage for a long time in a different kind of menu). In the settings window, you just need to move the slider to the lowest position, save the settings and restart. You can also disable the firewall and the TrustedInstaller service. In the event that an applet has blocked Windows, you can unblock it, but having already installed a permanent launch on behalf of the administrator. To do this, use the section of the properties of the executable file or its shortcut with a check mark on the corresponding line, so that the application will always start with the right user rights, and the system does not issue permanent requests for trust. By the way, the same goes for the service of TrustedInstaller, which can be disabled by the simplest method through the services section, where it is deactivated in the parameters first, and then the disabled start option is set for it in the launch type.

Virus blocking: options for fixing the situation

Finally, one of the most common situationsyou can call the inability to log in when a constantly hanging banner appears on the screen during the download process, informing you that the computer is locked (Windows locked) due to visits to some questionable sites on the Internet or the distribution of unwanted content that is allegedly produced from your address.

In fact, in the operating system itselfblocking is not provided, and the user has to deal with a common virus-extortioner, which, in addition, issues a demand for payment of a certain amount, after which the system seems to come to normal. Do not try to list anything on the specified details. From this kind of virus can be got rid of and more simple methods:

  • restore the system from the control point;
  • remove virus keys from the system registry;
  • use antivirus software.

System Restore

Consider the situation when, for example, Windows XP is locked. The system does not start, and at the stage of loading the "Desktop" appears the above banner.

You can first try to force itturn off the computer or laptop, then turn it on again and see if automatic recovery starts. If for some reason this does not work, you need to turn on and off several times, so that the system itself determines that an incorrect shutdown was performed.

If the restore still does not work,the system does not boot, or when it turns out that the Windows account is locked, you can use the classic method of selecting the type of boot by pressing F8 when starting it (in Windows 10 this option does not work, and you can use removable media for start). Here, simply select the download of the last working configuration and see how the system behaves.

If this also does not help, try to makestart in safe mode, and then enter the system restore settings via the "Control Panel" and rollback using a control point that preceded the virus's penetration into the system (if there is no such point, click on the link to display other points).

Using Registry Editor in Safe Mode

But, suppose that this effect did not. Again, we see a situation where Windows is blocked by a virus application. What should I do in this case?

System start menu

To start, you should use the boot in safe mode with command-line support, and then call the registry editor (regedit command) via the console. Now the most important thing begins.

The first step is to find the keys in the HKLM branchShell and Userinit, which are located in the Winlogon directory. For the first record (without options), the explorer.exe value must be specified, and for the second one, the full path to the executable file userinit.exe, which is located in the System32 system folder of the Windows root directory in the system partition (usually on drive C).

After that, you should check the similar sectionin the HKCU branch. Here in the same directory the above keys should not be generally. If they are, they must be deleted. Then, to be sure, you need to check the Run and RunOnce directories in the HKLM and HKCU branches. In these sections, you need to get rid of all suspicious entries in which the current values ​​are set to references to executable EXE files whose names consist of a meaningless set of characters (if for some reason you doubt whether to delete a certain key, just go to editing parameters through a double click and set the value to one - this will disable the execution of the application, and if necessary, the value can be restored to the previous state after the main problems have been fixed with the operating system, but after its restart in working order).

Disk Cleanup

The next step is if the Windows diskblocked, it will be cleaned. For this, the same command line is used, but it specifies a reduction of cleanmgr. In the window that appears, you need to check all the lines that are in the list, except for deleting the backup files.

Disk Cleanup

At the end of the registry editing and procedureyou can restart the computer and see how the download will be done. If for some reason the startup is not possible again, enter explorer.exe in the command console, navigate to the Users folder, navigate to the AppData folder in your directory, and delete the files in the subdirectories with the names you got rid of in the registry.

Deleting files from a custom folder

If you perform these actions with the registryand the system partition to cause the command line through the start in safe mode is not possible, you will have to use the boot from a removable media (installation or recovery disk / flash drive), and then follow similar procedures. In this case, the command console can be activated in the fastest way via the combination Shift + F10.

AntiWinLocker

But what if, after this, it turns out,that the computer with Windows is blocked by the application of a viral nature? Here, specialized utilities will come to the rescue. One of the most interesting is the described boot program, which allows you to start, being recorded on an optical or USB-drive.

System Unlock Software

After starting the program, you must acceptlicense agreement and choose automatic start. Next, this tool will perform a full scan of the computer system and indicate exactly where the viruses are located. You can delete them right away or leave these actions for later, but after restarting, you will additionally need to run some kind of anti-virus scanner. The idea is that the system should boot in normal mode.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk utility

If the previous solution did not help, and againit turns out that the Windows computer is locked, you can use the no less effective utility Kaspersky Rescue Disk, which also starts from removable media.

After starting the utility, you first need to select a languageand the preferred interface (best graphic). After this, you can either check for viruses, or directly access the system's unblocking. For the first option, all disks and partitions are marked, after which the scanning process starts.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk utility

The second option uses the stringterminal, called through the main menu button (like "Start" in Windows), and in the appeared console the line windowsunlocker is entered. After that, a black window will appear similar to the command console, where three options will be offered. To instantly unblock a unit is entered, after which it will only be necessary to wait for the completion of the process. However, even in the case of immediate scanning and detection of the virus with its removal or neutralization, the launch of the operating system will be possible. By the way, it is this program that allows you to detect and eliminate almost all known threats, so its use in case of deep infection is the most effective.

AVZ program

Now one more situation, whenwhich turns out that Windows is locked. The AVZ program or some kind of portable scanner can be used, so to speak, already for a control shot - to conduct a system check and / or restore it with the elimination of detected problems.

The application starts when the system starts fromremovable media or in safe mode, after which a restore point is selected from the file menu. Mark all that is needed, and click the button for the selected actions. But it's still too early to rejoice. Then you need to go to the built-in "Troubleshooting Wizard", select system problems and "All", mark all the lines and perform the necessary actions to scan and fix the detected failures. After that, you also need to use the settings section and tweaks of the browser, and then through the service menu, go to the Explorer extension editor, where the checkboxes from all items marked in black are unchecked. Then through the same service menu you need to go to the Internet Explorer extension manager and delete all the lines that appear in the settings window.

When the Windows computer is locked, startThis application may not work in safe mode. If you want to use this option of starting the utility, you can use the system boot menu (F8) and select the launch of the recovery tool first, and then use the command line from which to start the standard Notepad by entering the notepad command. In this program, you should open the AVZ.exe file by selecting the "All" file type in the file type, and run the executable file of the anti-virus using the PCM with the choice of the "Open" line, and not "Select", because using the second item will only result in the text representation of the compiled file will be displayed, and not its start as an executable applet.

What should I do if nothing helps?

As you already know, blocking access to Windowsviruses can be completely elementary. Typically, such situations are associated with outdated versions of XP, but it is by no means a fact that later modifications can not be affected by such an impact.

However, returning to the main question, we canIt is reasonable to assume that none of the above-mentioned solutions produced a positive result. What to do in this situation? Here, as the last option, you can offer to remove the hard drive with the infected system, connect it to an uninfected computer terminal and test it for viruses using a portable antivirus that is launched from the computer to which your hard drive is connected. What to use? In principle, a utility such as Dr. Web CureIt or KVRT from Kaspersky Lab. In them, however, note the boot or hidden areas of the connected HDD will not work, but it is possible as the last option to use such a solution (of course, provided that no other measures help).

Instead of the total

That, in fact, and everything that concernsthe occurrence of problems when the system or some of its functions are blocked. If the operating system starts, you can immediately conclude that the prohibitions are imposed due to the lack of activation or represent security measures on the part of the system itself or the administrator of the computer. But in the case of the appearance of messages in the form of banners, this is a clear sign of the virus effect.

As for the elimination of problems and the reduction ofsystem to a normal working state, activation is best done using KMSAuto Net (the program is portable and does not require installation), to eliminate problems with bans from the OS itself, disabling UAC control or granting extended rights to change the system configuration or access to blocked programs is suitable. Well and for struggle against viruses without utilities which start even before loading of the basic modules Windows, in this case to manage happens it is impossible.

Yes, and one more thing. Even if the operating system is started in a safe mode, under no circumstances is it recommended to use allegedly anti-virus programs like SpyHunter, since threats may be detected and will be, but they can not be deleted or neutralized without purchasing the main application. In addition, then getting rid of the antivirus applets of this type will be much more difficult than removing threats detected by other applications, for example, Kaspersky Lab's programs. So, if you are offered to download and install such utilities, it is better, as they say, not to take risks.

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