‘Your browser has been locked' is a misleading warning, which belongs to the same scammers who have been promoting FBI virus, UK Police virus and other ransomware threats. This virus acts just like previous ransomwares that have been blocking computers and showing misleading alerts that seem to be official notifications from governmental authorities. However, it seems that this infection is capable to affect not only Windows OS users, but Mac OS users as well! If you see 'Your browser has been locked' alert on your browser, you have to ignore it and never follow its misleading instruction recommending to pay the fine via Ukash, Paysafecard or other prepayment system.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH 'YOUR BROWSER HAS BEEN LOCKED'?
‘Your browser has been locked' alert is usually caused by trojan horse, which attacks poorly protected systems via security vulnerabilities found. Once inside and active, this virus modifies some of PC's settings and starts its activity. Basically, this dangerous ransomware shows up when victim opens the browser and starts browsing on the Internet. Be prepared that this virus can block any of your browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and other one. In addition, it shows such alert and asks to pay the fine:
Federal Bureau of Investigation
All activities of this computer have been recorded
All your files are encrypted. Don’t try to unlock your computer!
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.
Please, ignore such system blocker if it shows up on your computer! You can remove ‘Your browser has been locked' virus by following this guide:
HOW CAN I REMOVE 'YOUR BROWSER HAS BEEN LOCKED'?
When trying to remove this or other ransomware, the biggest problem is unlocking the system. First of all, you should try restoring your computer to a previous date and then launching a scanner to find and remove infected files. If this doesn't help, follow these tips:
* Flash drive method:
1. Take another machine and use it to download SpyHunter or other reputable anti-malware program.
2. Update the program and put into the USB drive or simple CD.
3. In the meanwhile, reboot your infected machine to Safe Mode with command prompt and stick USB drive in it.
4. Reboot computer infected with Ukash virus once more and run a full system scan.
* Users infected with ransomware viruses are allowed to access other accounts on their Windows systems. If one of such accounts has administrator rights, you should be capable to launch anti-malware program.
* Try to deny the Flash to make your ransomware stop function as intended. In order to disable the Flash, go to Macromedia support and select 'Deny': http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html. After doing that, run a full system scan with anti-malware program.
* Manual 'Your browser has been locked!' removal (special skills needed!):
- Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable Ukash virus (this should be working with all versions of this threat)
- Run Regedit
- Search for WinLogon Entries and write down all the files that are not explorer.exe or blank. Replace them with explorer.exe.
- Search the registry for these files you have written down and delete the registry keys referencing the files.
- Reboot and run a full system scan with updated SpyHunter to remove remaining virus files.
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