Your Computer Has Been Locked! ransomware
The Your computer has been locked computer virus is essentially a cryptovirus or malware categorized as ransomware that alike the FBI virus we discovered in 2012, claims to be a full-screen notification from the United States government, in-particular the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This particular Your computer has been locked ransomware infection fraudulently claims your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution and identifies the computer user’s IP addresses. The Your computer has been locked virus then claims to unlock your computer (resolve the issue) you must pay a penalty fine of $300 (or other amount). Please note, this dangerous computer virus is in no way associated with the United States government. Paying the fine will not remove the Your computer has been locked virus and may initiate further complications.
Your computer has been locked malware and other forms of ransomware are very dangerous and invasive. They target and are introduced to a computer via Trojan horses and take complete control of a computer. They may even remain undetected in order to collect sensitive information relating to identify theft, extortion, and credit theft. Furthermore, information collected relating to the Your computer has been locked virus may be gathered and used in telephone phishing attacks in which scam artists use the information to defraud computer users.
Content displayed on the Your computer has been locked! lock-screen is detailed below and may vary per infection:
Your computer has been locked! Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution. Mentioned illegal content (414Mb of video files) was automatically classified as child pornographic materials. Such actions, in whole or in part, violate following U.S. Federal Laws: 18 U.S.C. 2251 - Sexual Exploitation of Children (Production of child pornography) 18 U.S.C. 2252 - Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors (Possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography) 18 U.S.C. 2252A - certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography. Any individual who violates, or attempts to violate, or conspires to violate mentioned laws shall be sentenced to a mandatory term of imprisonment from 4 to 30 years and shall be fined up to $250.000. Technical details: Involved IP address:
Involved host name: Source or intermediary sites: All suspicious files from your computer were transmitted to a special server and shall be used as evidences. Don't try to corrupt any data or unblock your account in an unauthorized way. Your can be classified as occasional/unmotivated, according to title 17 (U.S. Code) 512. Thus is may be closed without prosecution. Your computer will be unblocked automatically. In order to resolve situation in an above-mentioned way you should pay a fine of $300.
How does Your computer has been locked infect a computer?
The Your computer has been locked virus can be contracted via compromised websites, drive-by-download websites, email spam, (confusing and) malicious advertisements, torrents, media codecs, and social media spam.
To remove the Your computer has been locked virus and third-party malware use the free removal instructions below.
Remove “computer locked” ransomware
- Your computer has been locked removal software (Automatic removal) – Scan and remove ransomware
- System Restore – Restore PC to date and time before Your computer has been locked malware infection
1. Ransomware removal software
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
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Latest versions: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Release date: 2013
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, open the Anti-Malware program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan (pictured below).
4. Malwarebytes will automatically detect the Your computer has been locked virus. Once the scan is complete, Malwarebytes will prompt a message stating malicious objects were detected. Select (check) the malicious objects in the list and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove Your computer has been locked malware from your computer (The image below shows a file that is NOT selected for removal – ‘Make sure the box is checked in’).
2. System Restore
A System Restore is an easy solution to restore an infected computer to a date and time before it became infected with dangerous ransomware. To learn more please select a link below.
Ransomware removal tips:
If removing the Your computer has been locked virus is difficult, there are several steps you can use to troubleshoot the removal process:
Ransomware often infects 1 user account on Windows. Here are some tips to remove the computer virus using different user accounts.
- Log into an account not affected by malware (with administrative rights) and perform a scan with reputable software to detect and remove malware.
- You can also delete the infected account.
- Other options include creating a new user account to remove malware if only 1 Window’s user account is present on the computer system.
Some variants of ransomware use flash and symptoms of the infection can be suspended by denying flash via Macromedia’s real-time options. To learn more and deny flash please visit: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html
Troubleshoot internet/network issues
Safe Mode With Networking can be used to access the Internet for updates, drivers, removal software, or other files if internet and network connectivity is compromised.