“Your browser has been locked” is a brand new scam developed by hackers to attack Safari browser in Mac OSX. Browsers developed for Windows OS might be attacked by this scam as well. The warning is supposedly coming from various law enforcement agencies of the world, such as FBI, EC3 Europol (European Cybercrime Center) or Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). It occupies the entire area of a browser and doesn’t allow user to find any information, asking for the money to be paid through GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash or Paysafecard payment systems. Before hackers instruct the ransom to be paid, the locker accuses users of performing a lot of illegal activities online. If you have a warning on your computer mentioning that your browser has been locked, please read the rest of the article to find out how to remove this scary warning from your computer.
Here is the complete text of the scary warning about your browser locked by police (localized to target computers in the United States of America):
Federal Bureau of Investigation
All activities of this computer have been recorded
All your files are encrypted. Don’t try to unlock your computer!
Your browser has 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, thus 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). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of United States of America, Article 202 of the Criminal Code 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 by malware, thus 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 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.
Hackers instruct users to pay the fine for performing various crimes as mentioned above. Of course, it might be that user has never ever committed such crimes. However, there’s no any guarantee that the PC will escape from being locked with this fake FBI warning virus. The sum instructed by hackers varies in different countries. In the US it makes up USD 300. This is surely a fake fine, because it doesn’t to into the budget of any US state. Instead, the funds go directly into the pockets of cyber frauds, and there’s no guarantee that they will unlock your browser even after you pay this ransom. In an attempt to close the tab with “Your browser has been locked” warning another message comes up, saying this:
Your browser has been locked. All PC data will be detained and criminal procedures will be initiated against you if the fine will not be paid.
Please do not ever trust this scam! Do not transfer any funds, because in this case the money goes directly into the pockets of cyber frauds. Instead, please follow our recommendations to reset your browser as set forth below.
Removal instructions for browser in Windows OS:
- End up your browser by applying “Ctrl-Alt-Del” hotkey combination and stopping its process.
- Download GridinSoft Trojan Killer and run scan with it. Remove all malware identified.
- In Trojan Killer’s open window click “Tools” and select “Reset browser settings“.
- Give your permission for Trojan Killer to reset browser settings:
- You will get the following confirmation message:
- If you still have any problems please get in touch with us through support link for additional assistance.
Removal solution for Safari Mac OS X browser:
- Launch Safari browser.
- Go to Safari menu and choose “Reset Safari”:
- It is obligatory to check all items and click the “Reset” button: