What is Error # DT00X02 scam? And how does it work?
Error # DT00X02 scam is a tech support scam identical to the “Error DT00X02” scam except that the Error # DT00X02 scam does not lock an infected computer as it only displayed on browsers. In other words, the Error # DT00X02 scam is not as malicious as its predecessor. Like most tech support scams, it tries to imitate the legitimate Microsoft security alert. It is usually hosted by a malicious website and when you get redirected into one, you will see the following message in your browser:
“MICROSOFT WINDOWS WARNING
YOUR COMPUTER WAS LOCKED
Error # DT00X2
Call Microsoft Technical Support: +1-888-617-1555
Do Not Ignore This Important Warning..
If you close this page without resolving issue, access to your computer will be disabled to prevent further damage to our network. Your computer has alerted us that it was infected with virus and spyware.
The following data is at risk:
- Facebook Login
- Credit Card Information
- Email Credentials
- Browsing History and Data
You must contact us immediately so our engineers can guide you through the recovery process by phone. Please call us within the next 5 minutes to prevent complete loss of your computer.
Call Microsoft Technical Support: (Toll-Free) +1-888-617-1555”
If you encounter this kind of deceiving alert, keep in mind that it is designed to trick users into thinking that there are some potential threats detected in their computer which is completely false – but it’s debatable. Why? Because if you keep getting redirected on the site that caters this scam in a regular basis, chances are there might be some ad-supported program that triggers such redirects. And if you don’t know it yet, ad-supported programs or adware poses potential threat to your computer so in a way, this tech support scam holds some truth to its statement in a different way.
You should know better than to fall for the trap the crooks have set for users like you. Obviously, this scam alert is only trying to get you to call the number provided in it. The number provided is supposedly a number for the “Microsoft Technical Support” which is completely false. Do not call the number as it might only pressure you into paying for supposedly fixing or removing the “potential threats” detected in your computer. So if you don’t want to lose money over useless things and risk getting your bank credentials stolen, do not contact the fake tech support number.
How does Error # DT00X02 scam circulate the web?
Error # DT00X02 scam circulates the web using misleading advertisements online. However, if you keep seeing this bogus alert more often than not, there might be some adware installed in your computer. Adware and other unwanted programs usually travel the web in software bundles where they are added as extra components of a software package. So if you have recently installed a freeware or shareware using only the quick installation, then that explains why you are in this situation right now. To prevent this from happening again, you need to use the Advanced or Custom installation setup when installing software bundles from now on.
You need to follow the removal steps laid out below to terminate Error # DT00X02 scam and the adware program installed in your computer.
Step 1: Close the tab or the browser displaying the Error # DT00X02 scam. However, if your browser is forced to go into full screen mode because of the fake alert, tap F11 in your keyboard to exit full screen mode.
Step 2: After that, try to close the browser manually. If you find it hard to do so, close the browser through the Task Manager.
Step 3: Tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to launch the Task Manager.
Step 4: After opening the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and look for the affected browser’s process and end it by clicking End task or End Process.
Step 5: Close the Task Manager and reset all the affected browsers to default.
- Open Google Chrome, then tap the Alt + F keys.
- After that, click on Settings.
- Next, scroll down until you see the Advanced option, once you see it, click on it.
- After clicking the Advanced option, go to the “Restore and clean up option and click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” option to reset Google Chrome.
- Now restart Google Chrome.
- Open Mozilla Firefox and tap Ctrl + Shift + A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted extension.
- Restart the browser and tap keys Alt + T.
- Select Options and then move to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL in the Home Page section and then restart the browser.
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Next, click the wrench icon for Settings.
- Then click Internet Options.
- After that, go to the Advanced tab.
- From there, click the Reset button. This will reset Internet Explorer’s settings to their default condition.
- Now click OK to save the changes made.
- Restart your computer.
Step 6: Tap the Win + R keys to open Run and then type in “appwiz.cpl” to open Programs and Features in Control Panel.
Step 7: From there, look for the adware program or any unfamiliar program that could be related to the Error # DT00X02 scam under the list of installed programs and once you’ve found it, uninstall it.
Step 8: Close the Control Panel and tap the Win + E keys to open File Explorer.
Step 9: Navigate to the following directories and look for the adware installer like the software bundle it came with as well as other suspicious files and delete them.
Step 10: Edit your Hosts File.
- Tap the Win + R keys to open then type in %WinDir% and then click OK.
- Go to System32/drivers/etc.
- Open the hosts file using Notepad.
- Delete all the entries that contain suspicious web URL.
- After that, save the changes you’ve made and close the file.
Step 11: Now you have to flush the DNS cache of your computer. To do so, right click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (administrator). From there, type the “ipconfig /flushdns” command and hit Enter to flush the DNS.
Step 12: Close the File Explorer and empty your Recycle Bin.
To make sure that you’ve completely gotten rid of Error # DT00X02 scam as well as the adware program behind it, you need to use an efficient program like [product-name]. To use it, follow the advanced steps below:
Perform a full system scan using [product-code]. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot it.
- After that, the BIOS screen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Option use the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the Safe Mode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Box will show up.
- Type in the URL address, [product-url] in the Run dialog box and then tap Enter or click OK.
- After that, it will download the program. Wait for the download to finish and then open the launcher to install the program.
- Once the installation process is completed, run [product-code] to perform a full system scan.
- After the scan is completed click the “Fix, Clean & Optimize Now” button.