Your browser has been locked by European Cybercrime Center and you are asked to pay a release fee of £200? Read more in this article to get rid of this European Cybercrime Center virus.
Another wave of ransomware infections tend to target mac systems. This European Cybercrime Center virus is one of these infections. Similar to FBI your browser has been locked virus, this infection can be categorized as ransomware, however it differentiates a lot with the previous ransomware infections on Windows OS. This European Cybercrime Center virus, may also referred to as your browser has been locked by Europol virus, just invades system via java scripts or CSS techniques to lock the web browser and display a fake warning like below:
ATTENTION! All your files are encrypted to prevent their distribution and use. Due to violations of laws, your browser has been blocked because of at least one of the reasons below
1. You have been subjected to violation of Copyright and Related Rights Law and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content such as Video, Music or\and Software (files were found in your browser’s temporary files and your documents), thus conflicting with Article 1, Section8, Cause 8 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain.
Article 1, Section8, Cause 8 of the Criminal Code states a fine or two hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.
2. You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic contents: Child Porno photos and such, were found in browser’s temporary files and your documents. Thus, you are violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain. Article 202 of the Criminal Code states a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
3. Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law On Neglectful Use of Personal Computer. Article 210 of the Criminal Code declares a fine of £50,000 and/or deprivation of liberty of four to nine years
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of Great Britain of May 28, 2011, this law infringement (if it is a first time offense) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine
To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obliged to pay a release fee of £200. Payable through Ukash (you must purchase the Ukash card and enter the code). You can buy the card at any store or gas station, payzone or epay terminal location.
This fine may only be paid within 12 hours, if you let 48 hours pass without payment, the possibility of unlocking your computer expires. All your data will be detained and criminal’s procedure will be initiated against you if the fine will not be paid!
The image of European Cybercrime Center virus
Important Note: regardless of whatever this lock screen says, it is all fake and has nothing to do with any legal agency it seems to be. Ignore it and remove it upon sight.
Symptoms of Getting Infected by European Cybercrime Center virus
♦ Once infected, European Cybercrime Center virus will hijack the web browser to display a full-screen web browser window, delivering a fake warning shown as the above.
♦ You can neither close the browser window nor minimize it to access to other programs.
♦ Every time you start the computer, the lock screen of this European Cybercrime center will open automatically to block the use of any other programs or the OS.
This is annoying. Fortunately, such an infection is much easier to handle compared with ransomware infections on Windows system.
Below is a removal guide for your reference.
How to Remove European Cybercrime Center Virus on Mac (Your Browser Has Been Locked by Europol Virus Removal Guide)
Simply put, you can reset web browser settings to get rid of such type of infection.
Below is a guide to reset browser settings in Safari. If you also encounter such type of your web browser has been locked virus infections in IE, Firefox or Chrome, you may also refer to the detailed instructions for resetting browser settings in this article.
Step 1. On the safari, click on Settings icon and then select reset safari…
Step 2. Then, there will open a window shown as below image, click Reset button to reset Safari to default settings.
Step 3. Restart Safari to check and that’s it.
As for removal guide for ransomware infecting Windows system, you may learn more information at this article: http://www.dotfab.com/resources/how-to-remove-ransomware-using-anvi-rescue-disk/
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