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Remove Linkup Ransomware (“Internet access is temporarily blocked” Lock Page Removal Guide)

A lock page saying “Internet access is temporarily blocked” hijacks your web browser in name of Council of Europe and asks for a payment to unlock? Read more in this post to learn how to get rid of this linkup ransomware which is generated to steal your credit card info, actually.


About Linkup Ransomware


Alias: Council of Europe virus, Internet Access Is Temporarily virus, Council of Europe ransomware, etc.

Category: Ransomware

Damage Level: High

Distribution: Low


Linkup ransomware is a browser blocked virus created by cyber crooks to steal your credit card information. This virus comes into your computer with the help of a ransomware trojan, through infected websites and spam emaisl.

Once installed, the ‘Council of Europe’ Ransomware modifies the Windows Registry and the DNS settings so that computer users get diverted to the ransomware website when they browse the web. The fictitious notification that is delivered to victims declares that they must submit their private details in order to restore Internet access.

Computer users should not reveal their sensitive details asked by the bogus alert of ‘Council of Europe’ Ransomware. The Council of Europe doesn’t block PC users from accessing the Internet and doesn’t use such alerts to gather sensitive details. ‘Council of Europe’ Ransomware forces PC users to send 0.01 Euro as a payment in order to confirm the submitted confidential data. If PC users enter their credit card information asked by the fake notification of ‘Council of Europe’ Ransomware, they would transfer their banking information to cybercrooks.



Council of Europe Virus

Internet access is temporarily blocked.

The Provisions of the fight against sexual exploitation of children and child pornography on the Internet complies with the provisions of a EU Council decision from December 2003. It gives the police powers to arrest those who are responsible for child online pornography, calls for the creation of the National Centre to combat child pornography on the Internet and establishes the Internet Service Providers have a legal obligation to adopt a filtering system to avoid access to sites censored by the Centre. To unlock access to the Internet, we need to establish you identity and submit your personal information to the registry.


Internet access is temporarily blocked.
To verify your identity we need more information. Please enter your credit card information, we will deduct from your credit card 0.01 EUR and return them back

within an hour. With this verification procedure, we can identify you and add your personal information to the registry, access to the Internet will be unlocked.


Whenever you encounter such a bogus alert like the above image, resolve to ignore it and remove it upon sight.
Below is a removal guide to help you on this subject. Good luck and be safe online. –See more tips to prevent such types of browser blocked virus infections.




How to Get Rid of Linkup Ransomware(“Internet access is temporarily blocked” Lock PageRemoval Guide) 


This removal guide applies to Linkup ransomware removal from a Windows OS or Mac OX. Please complete the entire removal steps in correct order in below removal guide. If any question at any point, stop and contact us for help.



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. Keep your system and installed programs up to date.

2. Use caution when surfing online. Basically, you are suggested to turn on security features of web browsers. (See steps to turn on security features of IE/Firefox/Chrome).

3. Some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker can help you block most malicious/phishing websites and pop up ads with a real-timely updated database. Anvi AD Blocker download:

ad blocker


4. At any rate, the best way to prevent adware or malware infections is always security tools including firewall, antimalware or antivirus, etc. If you have not an trustful antimalware yet, then Anvi Smart Defender (download) would be a good choice to offer protection from mushrooming threats online.

Anvi Smart Defender guard


5. To prevent unwilling install of some PUPs that bundles browser toolbars or adware, ensure the superlink of download you click is safe and clean. Plus, during the install, always choose custom install instead of continuing hitting Next to recklessly ignore the pre-check boxes and finally find unwanted programs else installed.

6. Chances are you take all measures to protect your computer but still end up with unknown infections, then the last solution is to take precaution on various cyber scams and remove the infection once and for all.


If you have more suggestions or questions about the adware/malware removal and prevent, leave your comment below.