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Steps to Get Rid of Viruses that Block Your Internet Browser

Steps to Get Rid of Viruses that Block Your Internet Browser

Are you one of the thousands of Internet users who have come across the “Your Browser Has Been Blocked” notification? In most cases, it appears to be a notice from the FBI, U.S. Cyber Security, or other national or local authority. Surely, you were fooled the first time around. However, this is nothing but an Internet scam. The culprits behind this malicious software are out to steal the money of unsuspecting Web surfers. In most of these popups, you will see a request for payment to unblock your computer and regain access to your encrypted files (which is done by some ransom-ware malware). If you’ve seen this, do not fall for it. It’s just a virus and like with any malware, it can be removed from your computer, so you can freely surf the net once again. This popup is a form of ransom-ware virus, known as Browlock.

How Browlock Works

The way these viruses work is through the use of JavaScript. Whenever a Web user tries to leave a page using this Javascript, a screen will pop up with the message “Your Browser Has Been Blocked.” It goes on to say that your files will be detained and criminal actions will be taken against you if you don’t pay a fine. In some cases, the fine is for browsing through pornographic Web sites. On these sites, there is an endless amount of popups, asking you if you’re sure you want to leave the page.

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How to Get Rid of Browloack

The only way to get away from it is to close your entire browser window. You can do this by pressing ctrl, alt, and del at once and then selecting task manager, where you will be able to terminate your Internet browser. You should see the name of your browser followed by .exe (i.e. Safari.exe, Chrome.exe, Explorer.exe, Mozilla.exe, etc.).

If this method doesn’t work, another option is to disable your Javascript. Then, once you’re able to close the ransom-ware message, you can enable your Javascript once again. In the event that your browser directed you to a ransom-ware page, this could mean that your computer is now infected. Having Immunet or another virus software is necessary for keeping your computer safe from these malicious attacks.

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Now is a good time to use virus software like Immunet to scan your computer for malware.

Steps for Disabling Your Javascript

If you’re unsure about how to disable Javascript on your computer, you’ll find the below steps to be helpful if you use Internet Explorer:

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  1. Look for the icon that looks like a gear, then choose “Internet Options”.
  2. A window should open up. Click on the tab that says “Security”, then click on the world symbol that represents the Internet. Now, go to the “Custom Level…”button.
  3. A list should open up. Search for the “Scripting” area, then look underneath Active Scripting and select the circle next to “Disable”.
  4. Now, Javascript should be disabled for your Internet Explorer. This should allow you to close the Blockbrow windows. Use Immunet or another virus scanner to detect whether there’s any malware on your PC.

Firefox

If you’re using Firefox, you can use the following steps:

  1. Look for the Firefox button at the top of the window and click it. Select the button that says “Options”.
  2. Click on the “Content” tab, then uncheck “Enable JavaScript” box.
  3. Run Immunet or another virus software to check for viruses.

Safari

Here are the steps for disabling JavaScript on Safari:

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  1. Find and click on the “Safari” tab at the top of the window.
  2. Select Preferences on the list.
  3. Select the tab that says “Security”.
  4. Look for the Web Content area, then deselect “Enable JavaScript”.
  5. Check your computer for malware using a virus scanner.

Chrome

Those who use Google Chrome can use these steps to eliminate Browlock windows:

  1. Search for the “bars” icon on the right side of the upper screen.
  2. Select “Settings” on the menu.
  3. Look for the “Show advanced settings…” in the box.
  4. Under Privacy, click on the “Content settings…” button.
  5. Under JavaScript, click on the circle next to “Do not allow any site to run JavaScript”.
  6. Run a virus scan on your computer to ensure it’s not infected.

There are various URLs associated with Browlock, including hxxp://Error.servepolice.biz, hxxp://Police-help.com and hxxp://alert.police-agent-secure.com. No matter where the threat comes from, it’s important to learn how to stop Browlock and disinfect your computer to safeguard your computer. You can use the info and steps above to help you steer clear of cyber criminals who are looking to harm your PC and your wallet.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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