How to remove Your Browser Has Been Locked virus – Removal Guide

Your Browser Has Been Locked virus (FBI)

The Your Browser Has Been Locked virus is a form of dangerous malware categorized as ransomware that fraudulently masquerades as the United States government including the FBI Cyber Department and Interpol alike the FBI virus we discovered in 2012 and blocks access to the infected computer or simply locks a browser window in place by displaying a full screen window or webpage that claims to be fbi.gov (etc.) and contains a message that states the computer was used in illegal cyber activity.

your browser has been locked virus

The Your Browser Has Been Locked lock-screen page displays a government seal such as a FBI seal, says YOUR BROWSER HAS BEEN LOCKED at the top of an open browser window and browser tab, claims All activities of this computer have been recorded, All of your files are encrypted, and further claims to contain a message from the FBI that fraudulently states that the affected computer was involved in illegal activity including the distribution of prohibited pornography, copyright content, and even computer negligence. Furthermore, the Your Browser Has Been Locked FBI virus screen states that the computer owner may see jail time (or face further prosecution) if a penalty fine of $300 or more is not paid by use of GreenDot Moneypak or MoneyGram credit services in an allotted amount of time usually 48 hours. *Paying the fine will NOT remove this virus. This computer virus is in no way associated with the government of The United States of America.

The allegations made on the fake Your Browser Has Been Locked page should be ignored. You are not actually in trouble with the law.

The details on the Your Browser Has Been Locked virus lock-page are detailed below:

FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
Cyber Department

All activities of this computer have been recorded. Do not try to unlock your computer!
Your browser has been been blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.

You have been subjected to violation of Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted contents, this infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America.
Article 1, Section 8, Cause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porno photos and etc were found on your computer). This violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of United States of America, provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected with malware, this you are violating the law on Neglectful Use of Personal Computer, Article 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to $100,000 and/or deprivation of liberty for four to nine years.
Pursuant to the amendment to Criminal Code of United States of America of May 28, 2011, this law infringement (if it is not repeated - first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine of the States.
To delete this case from all criminal records and avoid any problems at work and other places where criminal records can be checked, 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 nationwide.

TheYour Browser Has Been Locked virus and similar forms of ransomware are dangerous for their relationship with cyber crimes including credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. In many cases, even if the Your Browser Has Been Locked virus screen is removed, malicious files, trojans, and other malware may remain undetected and may be used to collect and observe sensitive user information and activity.

Instructions to remove the Your Browser Has Been Locked virus are detailed further below.

How does the Your Browser Has Been Locked virus get onto a computer?

The Your Browser Has Been Locked ransomware infection is primarily contracted via compromised websites (including legitimate websites, hacked websites, and drive-by-download sites), malicious advertisements, torrent downloads, and spam email attachments. The Your Browser Has Been Locked virus first accesses a computer system with help or trojan horses.

  • In other cases where a browser window is simply locked in place, the victim may have clicked a malicious link which caused a browser window to lock for a limited amount of frame sets, such as 140; meaning if you attempt to close the window or alert message a total of 140 times, the browser-lock will be removed.
  • Resetting your internet browser or force closing the browser window using Windows Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) to end the used internet browser process will also remove this infection (ie: Ctrl+Shift+Esc > Processes > Find and End processes. Google Chrome is chrome.exe).
  • Antivirus or Anti-Malware software with real-time protection often blocks these infections from occurring.

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  1. Removal software (Automatic removal) – Detect and remove ransomware
  2. System Restore – Restore PC to date and time before infection

1. Your Browser Has Been Locked removal software

1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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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).

Malwarebytes Perform Full Scan

4.  Malwarebytes will automatically detect the Your Browser Has Been Locked virus and third-party malware on your computer. 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 malware from your computer (The image below shows a file that is NOT selected for removal – ‘Make sure the box is checked in’).

Malwarebytes Gadgetbox

2. System Restore

System Restore is an easy solution to restore an infected computer to a date and time before it became infected with Your Browser Has Been Locked ransomware. To learn more please select a link below.

Windows Recommended Restore And Choose A Restore Point

Your Browser Has Been Locked virus removal tips:

If removing the Your Browser Has Been Locked FBI virus (etc.) and other forms of ransomware is difficult, there are several steps you can use to troubleshoot the removal process:

User accounts

Ransomware often infects 1 user account on Windows systems at a time. Here are some tips to remove this 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.
Denying flash

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.