The “Your browser has been locked” warning which popups on your computer does not belong to FBI or any law enforcement agency, but it is a nasty scamware (rogue virus) created by hackers to swindle your money away. There are bunch of reasons why your computer was affected by this malware i.e careless internet surfing, downloading content from untrusted websites, torrent, warez etc.
Anyhow, if you have been targeted by Your browser has been locked malware, you should not be very active to uninstall this bug as soon as possible. Do not worry about the annoying and scary message dispatched by this virus on your screen. Everything you are told by Your browser has been locked virus, is fake. (Usually it says you have violated copyright laws, or accessed child-porn or other banned websites). The “Your browser has been locked” virus will claim to be an online FBI agent and it wants to charge you a fine of some hundred dollars for the violation. We strongly recommend you to ignore such bogus warnings and do a complete remove to the fake Your browser has been locked malware.
Disadvantages and risks of having Your browser has been locked:
- It may change & corrupt default settings of browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Internet explorer
- Changes home page and displays unwanted pop-ups advertisements
- Causes frequent web redirects to wrong websites, hijacks search engine settings and leads to unexpected webpages
- Keeps record of browsing activities and interests
- Collects Personal user information which may include sensitive financial data such as logins, usernames, accounts
- It may bring further infections are direct the user to infectious sites
- Makes the browser run slow, uses a big part of system resources
Want to get rid of Browser Hijack Your browser has been locked?:
To manually remove Your browser has been locked, follow the instructions.
First of all, Uninstall the program. (Skip to the next step if the application is not listed in Control Panel).
“Start > Settings > Control Panel. Now Locate and open “Add or Remove Programs” or “PROGRAMS AND FEATURES”. Find “Your browser has been locked”. Now click Uninstall/Remove.
Now remove the program from Browser.
Internet Explorer users:
Click “Tools” (if on Internet Explorer 9, click gear icon), Then “Manage Add-ons”. Look for Your browser has been locked. Disable if found any.
Block Your browser has been locked pop-ups
To stop pop-ups from malware,
Click on TOOLS > POP-UP BLOCKER, then click TURN ON POP-UP BLOCKER. and then go to POP-UP BLOCKER SETTINGS. (Type any website you wish to block popups from)
Go to “Tools” (at the top), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable “Your browser has been locked”
Click “Tools/Settings” (Wrench incon), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable any file associate with malware.
Still Spyware Your browser has been locked lurking in the system? Remove manually
Stop processes of this malware:
Open Task Manager to stop processes.
Remove associated registry settings:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” = ’0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced “ShowSuperHidden” = 0
Delete Your browser has been locked infected files:
Have you tried methods above but still malware not removed? Then try Restoring your computer to an earlier state.
Click Start menu > All Programs > System Tools > System Restore
Start menu > Backup and Recover > Recover System
Your browser has been locked virus removal tool
Alternatively, you are advised to use the removal tool below to get rid of this malware infection.
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