Have you received ‘Your browser has been locked’ warning message on your computer screen? It can show up and block your web browsers if your computer is infected with a FBI browser hijacker. It is listed not only as a hijacker, but as a ransomware as well, because in order to unlock and to be able to use your web browsers again you will be asked to pay scammers a ransom.
FBI virus is very similar to a classic ransomware that lock your computer completely without you being able to reach any files or applications. Yet this virus is a bit different – hackers have found a new way how to scam people and make money by misusing them. They lock only user’s web browser making them free to use other computer functions. All of most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or even Safari are vulnerable to this virus. That means even Mac users, who are using Safari web browser are not protected from this virus.
If your computer gets infected with FBI virus hijacker, you will see the following message on your web browser (please take note that this message may vary in language depending on your location):
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.”
Don’t get too scared if this message shows up on your browser and locks the option to browse the Internet from you – you don’t need to pay a single penny in order to get back your web browser. In fact, they are asking for much more than a single penny – for a 300 ($450 in some cases) dollars and that’s quite an amount of money. There are other ways how to solve this problem in less time and money consuming way. Furthermore, even if you decide to pay that ransom, there is no guarantee that this virus creators will actually unlock your web browser. They are criminals and you will not have the ability to sue them for not giving you what you paid for. To get rid of this virus, please follow our FBI virus hijacker removal guide given below.
How to get rid of FBI Virus Hijacker manually
- Open Windows Task Manager. Press and hold CTRL ALT and Delete buttons on your keyboard at the same time.
- Find hijacked web browser and end this process. Depending on what web browser you are using you will need to end explore.exe, chrome.exe, Safari.exe, sea monkey.exe, opera.exe, or firefox.exe. Simply mark the process and click on the “End Process” button in the bottom right corner of the window.
- Open the browser. Now open your web browser once again. DO NOT ALLOW TO OPEN THE LAST OPENED PAGE. Now you should be able to use your browser.
- Scan your system with Spyhunter. FBI virus hijacker may infect your computer with more serious viruses, therefore you need to scan it and get rid of all the threats.
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