Virus locks your computer screen and requires you to participate in research - offer

Cybercriminals have often used ransomware to lock their victims' computer screens and force them to pay a "fine" if they want to be unlocked.. It also often invokes research, or spread through it Facebook , to make money through their affiliate programs.

However, so far, no two malicious methods have ever been combined. The GFI Labs experts inform that the latest ransomware locks the screens of Internet users, but does not offer them a ransom and does not accuse them of downloading illegal content. Instead, it tells them to complete a search to unlock the device.

"This page will be unlocked and normal access will be restored immediately after you participate in an offer below. Please use valid information. Your desktop is locked. Fill out an offer below to unlock your desktop, ”reads the on-screen warning.

Based on their location, victims are asked to complete various surveys. Also promises all sorts of prizes in return for a few clicks, but, as always, no one earns anything except the scammers.

How can you get rid of it?

First of all, if you have a decent solution antivirus, will likely detect the threat - disguised as a file called svchost.exe - before it can cause any damage. However, if the malware manages to lock your screen, there is an easy way to get rid of it. Interestingly, the author of the malware forgot to ensure that on a locked screen victims have the right to access the work of the operating system administrator by pressing CTRL + ALT + OF . All you have to do is open the administrator task, select the process called "Locker," and click the "Finish" button. This should unlock the computer. While this is a fairly harmless threat, other pieces of ransomware are much more dangerous. For this reason users are always advised to avoid running suspicious files and always ensure that their machines are protected from antivirus.

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