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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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11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                  Free.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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