How to remove "Your browser has been blocked by FBI" – Ransomware

Last updated on November 27th, 2013

Your browser has been blocked” is a Ransomware software that can be installed inside your web browser using malicious Java script code. When you are infected with “Your browser has been blocked” Ransomware, you see a message on your screen that demands you to pay 300$ to unlock your browser and you cannot close that browser window or navigate to another webpage unless you pay the ransom.  

The “Your browser has been blocked” Ransomware technically is not a virus, but a malware webpage and you were probably redirected to it from another website. The fake Ransomware warning message can be displayed on both PC or MAC computers with the same symptoms at the victim’s computer.




“The FBI
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Cyber Department

All activities of this computer have been recorded
All your files are encrypted. Do not 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, 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 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.

Your browser will be unblocked within 3-12 hours after the money is put into the State's account.

Please note: Fine must be paid within 12 hours. As soon as 12 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires. All PC data will be detained and criminal procedures will be initiated against you if the fine is not paid.”


“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.”


To remove “Your browser has been blocked” Ransomware infection from your computer, follow the steps bellow:

For Windows PC users

For MAC OSX users

How to get rid of “Your browser has been blocked” Ransomware from your PC.

Step 1: Start your computer in “Safe Mode with Networking”

To do this,

1. Shut down your computer.

2. Start up your computer (Power On) and, as your computer is booting up, press the "F8" key before the Windows logo appears.

3. Using your keyboard arrows, select the "Safe Mode with Networking" option and press "Enter".


Step 2. Stop and clean malicious running processes.

1. Download and save "RogueKiller" utility on your computer'* (e.g. your Desktop)**.

* If you cannot download “RogueKiller” utility at the infected computer, then download it on another clean computer and then transfer it (e.g. by using a USB Flash Disk) to the infected computer.

** Download version x86 or X64 according to your operating system's version. To find your operating system's version, "Right Click" on your computer icon, choose "Properties" and look at "System Type" section.


2. Double Click to run RogueKiller.

3. Let the prescan to complete and then press on "Scan" button to perform a full scan.


3. When the full scan is completed, press the "Delete" button to remove all malicious items found.


4. Press “Scan” to run RogueKiller again to ensure that your computer is clean from “Your browser has been blocked” Ransomware and repeat the cleaning process if it is not (“Delete”).

5. Continue to the next step.


Step 3. Clean your computer from remaining malicious threats.

Download and install one of the most reliable FREE anti malware programs today to clean your computer from remaining malicious threats. If you want to stay constantly protected from malware threats, existing and future ones, we recommend that you install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO:

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1. Run "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware" and allow the program to update to it's latest version and malicious database if needed.

2. When the "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware" main window appears on your screen, choose the "Perform quick scan" option and then press "Scan" button and let the program scan your system for threats.


3. When the scanning is completed, press “OK” to close the information message and then press the "Show results" button to view and remove the malicious threats found.


4. At the "Show Results" window check – using your mouse's left button- all the infected objects and then choose the "Remove Selected" option and let the program remove the selected threats.


5. When the removal of infected objects process is complete, "Restart your system to remove all active threats properly"



How to get rid of “Your browser has been blocked” Ransomware from your MAC OSX.


1. Open Safari browser and from main menu navigate to “Safari” > “Reset Safari”.


2. At “Reset Safari” options, check all items and press “Reset”.




If you use Chrome or Firefox browser, then you can use “Force Quit” command to get rid of “Your browser has been blocked” Ransomware.

1. From Apple menu, choose “Force Quit” (or press Command + Option + Esc keys).



2. Now select the Chrome (or Firefox) application and click “Force Quit”.


You ‘re done!

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