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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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