This article is mainly about the recently rampantly spread web browser blocked virus- Your browser has been blocked up ransomware in America, and how to get rid of this computer infection with detailed removal guide.
What is Your Browser Has Been Blocked Up Virus?
If your web browser is displaying a web page claims that your browser has been locked, it is significant to bear in mind that your computer is not infected actually. Instead, you were probably redirected to this page when browsing a legitimate website that was compromised. To close the page, you just need to close the web browser using the Windows Task Manager.
If Your Browser Has Been Blocked Up virus appears within Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome, you’ll see the lock page shown as below image:
The text of the “Your Browser Has Been Blocked Up” lock screen reads:
Your browser has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below.
All activities of this computer have been recorded.
All your files are encrypted.
You are accused of viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc). You have violated World Declaration on non-proliferation of child pornography. You are accused of committing the crime envisaged by Article 161 of United States of America criminal law.
Article 161 of United States of America criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 5 to 11 years.
Also, you are suspected of violation of “Copyright and Related rights Law” (downloading of pirated music, video, warez) and of use and/or dissemination of copyrighted content. Thus, you are suspected of violation of Article 148 of United States of America criminal law.
Article 148 of United States of America criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 3 to 7 years or 150 to 550 basic amounts fine.
It was from your computer, that unauthorized access had been stolen to information of State importance and to data closed for public Internet access.
Unauthorized access could have been arranged by yourself purposely on mercenary motives, or without your knowledge and consent, provided your computer could have been affected by malware. Consequently, you are suspected – until the investigation is held – of innocent infringement of Article 215 of United States of America criminal law (“Law on negligent and reckless disregard of computers and computer aids”).
Article 215 of United States of America criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 5 to 8 years and/or up to 100.000$ fine.
Further, after information of your personal computer was examined, it was found out that your personal computer had been regularly used for bulk-spamming, either arranged by yourself purposely on mercenary motives, or without your knowledge and consent, provided your computer could have been affected by malware. Bulk-spamming is a way to disseminate malware of banned pornography. Consequently, you are suspected – until the investigation is held – of innocent infringement of Article 301 of United States of America criminal law (“On bulk-spamming and malware (virus) dissemination”).
Article 301 of United States of America criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for term up to 5 years, and up to 250.000$ fine.
Please, mind that both your personal identities and location are well identified, and criminal case can be opened against you in course of 96 hours as of commission of crimes per above Articles. Criminal case can be submitted to court.
However, pursuant to Amendments to the United States of America criminal law dated September 27, 2013, and according to Declaration on Human Rights, your disregard of law may be interpreted as unintended (if you had no incidents before) and no arraignment will follow. However, it is a matter of whether you have paid the fine to the Treasury (to the effect of initiatives aimed at protection of cyberspace).
The penalty set must be paid in course of 48 hours as of the breach. On expiration of the term, 48hours that follow will be used for automatic collection of data on yourself and your misconduct, and criminal case will be opened against you.
Amount of fine is 300$. You can settle the fine with MoneyPak xpress Packet vouchers.
It is important to remember that this notification of “Your Browser Has Been Blocked up” virus is not from any Police authority or any other local legal agency it seems to relate to. This lock message is bogus although it looks scary.
Different from previous nasty ransomware infections, this Your Browser Has Been Blocked up lock page is based on Javascrips and CSS. To stop it you can close the web browser using some program like Windows Task Manager and to remove it, you can just reset your web browser to default settings after end its process. Below is a removal guide to help you on this subject.
Pay attention to similar ransomware infections in other places as well: Bundespolizei GVU virus in German, “Attention! Votre browser est bloqué” virus in France, “Huomio! Selaimesi on lukittu” virus in Finland, “Attenzione! Il Suo computer personale è stato bloccato” Virus in Italy, etc.
To get rid of “Your Browser Has Been Blocked Up” virus infection, 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 “Your Browser Has Been Blocked Up” Virus (Ransomware Removal Guide)
Step 1. Start task manager to stop the 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: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Anvi Smart Defender pro version: www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php
Step 3. Reset Browser settings
You can restore normal web browser use by resetting your web browser to default settings.
To Reset Internet Explorer
To Reset Safari :
1. On the safari, click on Settings icon and then select reset safari…
2. Then, there will open a window shown as below image, click Reset button to reset Safari to default settings.
To Reset Google Chrome :
1. Access to below file:
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.
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.
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.
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: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html
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.
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.
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