It seems that cyber criminals who have been making money on ransomware scams for years find their opportunities to do the same scam on mac users. Recently FBI your browser has been locked virus has been searched around to be got rid of and read this article to figure it out.
What is FBI-Your Browser Has Been Locked Virus?
Mac users may get used to that safe web environment with no virus and this ransomware will just make it a change. The FBI-Your Browser Has Been Locked virus shows as a pop up whenever you try to close the browser or switch to another web page. When you try to close the window there will come up with a pop up that supposed from FBI, shown as below:
HE FBI FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION CYBER DEPARTMENT
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.
Never be tricked by such a funny nonsense lock screen that can be much easier to handle. Never pay that $300 via Moneypak to cyber criminals. If you just encounter it now, follow below removal instructions to get rid of it completely.
Good to Know
However, if you encounter such Your Browser has been locked FBI warning on Windows system, then the situation may be different a lot and you may need to try below provide ransomware removal guide for windows OS.
- Option 1- Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore
- If your computer can still be booted into safe mode, and the system restore points are not deleted by the infection, you can choose this option for the ransomware removal.
- Option 2-Remove the Ransomware Using Anvi Rescue Disk
- This method is the final solution for deep infection that you computer system is totally blocked from even the safe mode running or all system restore points are deleted by the infection.
Your Browser Has Been Locked FBI warning on Windows
Moreover, such virus has spread across worldwide and currently with different versions in different target countries all around the world. The list of imitated institutions is also quite long. It’s includes: the German Federal Police GEMA (Germany’s performance rights organization), the Swiss “Federal Department of Justice and Police” The Spanish Police the Dutch Police, Metropolitan Police Virus (Mainly targets English Users), AFP Crime Commission virus mainly targets users from Australia, etc.
How to Remove FBI Your Browser Has Been Locked Virus on Mac (Removal Guide)
You can either quit your safari program or just reset it to get rid of this seemingly scaring but nothing Your Browser Has Been Locked lock screen on Safari. Below we recommend you reset your safari to default settings in order to heal the browser settings and get rid of the infection.
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.