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Remove Your Browser Has Been Locked Virus (Ransomware Removal Guide)

Your Browser Has Been Locked virus is actually a webpage containing java scripts that disallows you to close the web page or switch it to another webpage. Learn more here to get rid of this infection.

 

After those vicious ransomware like FBI Moneypak virus have been fleeced out global users using Windows system, some new similar infections evolves to lock the web browser across various OSs including Mac. Such type of infections feature similar symptoms of ransomware which pretends to be local authorities to claim that the computer is used in law-violation activities and thus a fine is demanded via Ukash, Paysafecard or MoneyPak. The differences from the previous ransomware are the lock screen is a just a web page in IE, Safari, Chrome or Firefox, which contains java script to disable closing the webpage or switch it to other page. The same lock and unlock trick but much easier to handle with. If you also confront any of such kind of Your Browser Has Been Locked virus, detailed below, don’t be scared and ignore it to find a proper solution to remove it completely.

 

FBI Your Browser Has Been Locked Virus:

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This Your Browser Has Been Locked pop up pretends to be from FBI cybercrime department and asks for a fine $ 300 via Moneyak to unlock. It is a scam and never be tricked.

The Europol Your Browser Has Been Locked pop up:

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The image of Royal Canadian Mounted Police-your browser has been locked pop up: 

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Again any of these lock popup has anything to do with the legal agency it seems like. It is scam trick similar to the previous computer blocked virus infections (ransomware called by the industry). It may look scary however it is much easier to handle compared with the previous ransomware. Follow below guide if you need to remove any of such type of infection.

Symptoms 

Here we take the FBI Your Browser Has Been Locked infection for demonstration purpose. And such others are similar.

1. The infection comes in with other infected free downloads or disguised updates.

2. The lock web page of such infection is crafted to contain precise law-violation articles and fine backgrounds. It looks like scary.

3. Once it takes over the web browser, you can not close it or switch it to another webpage. Whatever you try to do so, it will pop up another prompt like below:

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This is scam and has nothing to do with the FBI although it shows the URL of FBI virus.

4. Your computer performs slower and slower, and also may shows other symptoms like redirects and suspicious pop ups.

5. Such is easier to handle. You can either choose to stop it using Windows Task Manager (if on Windows), or reset the web browser for both Mac and Windows.Details are below:

>> Distribution and Precaution

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How to Get Rid of Your Browser Has Been Lock pop up (Ransomware Removal Guide)

You can either choose to reset the browser or just end its process using Windows Task Manager. For any needs for reset web browser, you may find more instructions here (Article: how to reset IE, Firefox, Chrome) for your reference.

And blow are the method of using Windows Task Manager to end its process.

1. Right click on the Task Bar to navigate to Start Task Manager.

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2. And then on the Windows Task Manager window, switch from Applications to Processes tab. And then choose the infected web browser task to end.

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3. If there comes up a confirmation to end the process, click End Process to proceed.

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And if you are using Mac and get infected this on your Safari, you can also try to reset the browser settings or just reinstall it. Below also details on how to reset the Safari.

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

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

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

 

 

Good To Know

 

It is alarming that many other dangerous ransomware infections are still in the wild to scam for money. The tricks would evolve a lot and the infection may be hard to remove. Under no circumstances should anyone trust any Police lock screen that asks for a fine to unlock the PC, or solve the security issues that the computer is in bad condition. Never be tricked.

If you find any symptom of the ransomware infections, you are highly recommended to ignore its scary lock screen, and find a proper way to get rid of it.

Below is a ransomware removal guide for your reference if it is needed.

 

Most-spread Ransomware Infections 2013:

FBI Moneypak virusDepartment of Justice Moneypak virusFBI CyberCrime Division virusYour Computer Has Been Blocked virusRelodit virusICE Cyber Crime Center Moneypak virusUnited States Courts virusFBI “System Failure” virusInternational Cyber Security Protection Alliance virusSpamhaus Moneypak virusJoint Chiefs of Staff Moneypak virusMoneygram virusComputer Crime and Intellectual Property Section CCIPS virusU.S. Department of Homeland Security Moneypak virusFBI Cybercrime Division ICSPA virusUnited States Cyber Security virusFBI Department of Defense virusMandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security virusInternational Police Association ( I.P.A ) virusMinistry of Public Safety Canada virus (a.k.a. Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police virus)Royal Canadian Mounted Police virusMinistry of Public Safety Canada virusAFP Ukash virusAMCA, ACC ransomwareInternet Police Department virusPCeU virusCheschire Police Authority virusEuropol Interpol virusUnited Kingdom Police virusSerious (Serios) Organised Crime Agency virus,Guardians of the Peace of Ireland Garda virusCentre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) virusNew Zealand e-Crime lab virusArma dei Carabinieri virusPolícia de Segurança Publica Portuguese VirusNSA Internet Surveillance Program PRISM virusInterpol Department of Cybercrime virusFBI Anti-Piracy Warning Moneypak virusChild Pornography computer blocked virusPRISM Your Computer Has Been Locked virusMetropolitan British Police Interpol virusSpanish Police VirusUprava Kriminalistične Policije virusFederal Department of Justice and Police virusInternet Crime Compliant Center virusSUISA virusU.S.A Cyber Crime Investigation ransomwareWest Yorkshire Ukash virus, National Security Agency virus, etc.

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Distribution and Prevent

 

Typically the Your Browser Has Been Locked ransomware is distributed via malicious websites. Users often get this infection when they are visiting the compromised websites. Also the situation can be that you open the spam email with embedded links to malicious websites or infected attachments. Besides, this infection can be also spread via point-to-point shared files that have been infected.

Thus, accordingly, you can practice below ransomware prevent measures to keep the ransomware infections virus away:

 

> 1. Keep your system and installed applications up to date with the latest patches.

> 2. Use caution when visiting webpages.

> 3. Make full use of the security features of your internet browsers. See guides to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome.

> 4. The best bet to protect Windows is always the proper security suite, includes reliable antivirus, firewall and the like. Our recommendation is besides your main antivirus installed, you also need an alternative antimalware to reduce the risks of infections since no antivirus can offer 100% protection after all.
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