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Remove Browser Blocked by Police Virus (Ransomware Removal Guide)

“Your browser has been locked” scary warning pops up within your web browser to accuse you of a fine in name of Police? In this article you will find how to remove browser blocked by police virus.


A case from an user on Yahoo answers:

I’ve Just Gotten a pop-up from the ‘Police’ (don’t know the actual name because I exited my browser in a panic)saying that they’ve locked my browser due to violation of copy writing. Along with this was my IP Address and the country I am in. I’m really worried even though the police probably wouldn’t do this anyway. This is all the information I can give because as I said I closed it in a panic. I searched for this a little bit and found that other people were having problem with this too in other country’s like Australia and Canada only it was a Cash scam. Is this a virus or legitimate? I’m currently factory resetting my PC just in case.


What is Browser Blocked by Police Virus?

Browser Blocked by Police virus is actually a new type of ransomware infections, which seek to attack Safari on Mac for ransom. Browsers on Windows system can be the attack target as well.

Once reaches the system, the Browser Blocked by police virus locks up the web browser on infected OS with a “Your browser has been locked” scaring that supposedly from various law enforcement agencies of the world, like FBI, EC3 Europol (European Cybercrime Center) or Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), depending on the attacked location. It takes over the entire area of a browser and doesn’t allow user to find any information, asking for a fine to be paid through Greendot Moneypak, Ukash or Paysafecard payment systems. Ahead of instructing users to pay the fine, the locker accuses users of performing series of illegal activities online, which you may have never committed before.

The image of FBI your browser has been locked virus



The complete text on this browser blocked by Police virus (localized to attack computers in United States of America):


All activities of this computer have been recorded
All your files are encrypted. Don’t try to unlock your computer!
Your browser has been locked due at least one of the reasons specified below.

You have been subjected to violation of Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted contents, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 1, Section 8, Cause 8of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porno photos and etc were found on your computer). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of United States of America, Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
Illegal access has been initiated from your PC with ought your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law on Neglectful Use of Personal Computer. Articles 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine up to $100,000 and/or deprivation of liberty for four to nine years. Pursuant to the amendment of Criminal Code of United States of America of May 28, 2011, this law infringement (if it is not repeated – first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine of the States.
To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obligated to pay a release fee of $300. Payable through GreenDot MoneyPak (you have to purchase MoneyPak card. load it with $300 and enter the code). You can buy the code at any shop or gas station. MoneyPak is available at the stores nationwide.
When you pay the fine, your browser will be unblocked in 3 to 12 hours after the money is put into the States’s account. Please note: Fine may only be paid within 12 hours. As soon as 12 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires. All PC data will be detained and criminal procedures will be initiated against you if the fine is not paid.

As above warning locker mentioned, cyber hackers instruct users to pay the fine for performing various crimes. However, there’s no guarantee that the PC will escape from being locked with this fake FBI warning virus. The sum asked by cyber frauds varies in different countries. In the US it makes up USD 300 while in Europe, it comes to be 100 Euro. Of course, the fine is fake and would come to the pockets of those cyber frauds. Also, there is no guarantee that you will get your web browser unlocked after pay the fine. In an attempt to close the tab with Browser Blocked by Police infection warning, another message comes up, saying this:


Your browser has been locked. All PC data will be detained and criminal procedures will be initiated against you if the fine will not be paid.


This alert is fake and none legal agency would neither do this, nor have anything to do with it. Ignore the warning and remove the infection using our recommendations below:


Browser Blocked by Police Virus infections display different browser lockers depending on attacked place in terms of geography.

In United States-FBI Your Browser Has Been Locked virus



In Europe-Europol Your Browser Has Been Locked virus

Europol-your browser has been locked-virus


In Canada-Royal Canadian Mounted Police Your Browser Has Been Locked virus


Be aware. To keep away from such type of ransomware infections, you can take these malware prevent tips.


To get rid of Browser Blocked by Police virus infections, you can follow below recommended steps. This type of ransomware is much easier to handle compared with previous ransomware infections. Chances are you encounter some ransomware locker block up your entire computer system, see instructions to get rid of such infection in this ransomware removal tutorial.



How to Get Rid of Browser Blocked by Police Virus (Your Browser Has Been Locked Virus Removal Guide) 





Step 1. Start task manager to stop the process

Press “Ctrl-Alt-Del” hotkey combination and to stop your web browser process.


Step 2. Remove risky components using antimalware


To remove malicious codes of the infection, you can apply some antimalware tools like Anvi Smart Defender to perform a full scan. And here we use this Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose.

Anvi Smart Defender free version:

Anvi Smart Defender pro version:

ASD-full scan


Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.



Step 3. Reset Browser settings


You can restore normal web browser use by resetting your web browser to default settings.


To Reset Safari 

To Reset Google Chrome

To Reset Mozilla Firefox 

To Reset Internet Explorer



To Reset Safari :


1. On the safari, click on Settings icon and then select reset safari…

reset safari


2. Then, there will open a window shown as below image, click Reset button to reset Safari to default settings.

reset Safari 2

 3. Restart Safari to check and that’s it.



To Reset Google Chrome :


1. Access to below file:

C:Users[username]AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser Datadefault

The folder “Default” contains all of the requisite settings.  To reset Chrome, close it and change the folder name of “Default” to anything else…”Default old” or “Default broken” or whatever else you like. Once you reopen Chrome it will be reset!

If you want to retain some settings (especially things like bookmarks and login info) you can copy (don’t just move them because they should be kept intact as backups; copy them) those files into your new Default folder any time that Chrome is closed.

Note: The current version of Chrome does not provide the reset function in its settings list and you can sue the above method to set it to default settings in order to fix the browser issues without reinstall it.

However, in Chrome 15,16,17, you can go to: Options →Personal Stuff → Users→Delete User.

If you are the only chrome user, you will be the only user in the list. Click on “DELETE THIS USER” and viola…. You have reset Google Chrome to default settings.

All your add-ons, settings will restore to defaut.



To Reset Mozilla Firefox : 


1. Open Firefox, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu, and select Troubleshooting Information.



2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.


3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish.



To Reset Internet Explorer: 


1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon (Tools for IE 8 and below users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.


2. In the Internet Options dialog box, locate the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.


3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.

4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.




Malware Prevent Tips →


1. Use caution when surfing online.

2. Be careful about spam emails or emails with attachments from unknown people, or shipping company.

3. Don’t click suspicious super links to potentially risky websites, since many malware including ransomware is mostly likely distributed via malicious or compromised websites.

4. Keep your system clean and timely updated to maintain a healthy system and keep away from infections which use system vulnerabilities to invade.

5. Whatsoever, the best way to protect computer system is still security tools like above mentioned Anvi Smart Defender (download) antimalware to real-timely guard you against various threats and remove infections.


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