Browser Piracy Virus

"Access to your computer was denied" browser piracy virus removal instructions

The message, "Access to your computer was denied. Illegally downloaded music tracks (in other words, 'pirated copies') have been detected on your PC", appears when browsing the Internet and is a scam. It is a ransomware virus that affects Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. This rogue pop-up is created by cyber criminals in the hope that unsuspecting Internet users will fall for the fake message and pay a $100 USD or 100 Euro bogus fine using Paysafecard. The fine is purportedly for the user having pirated copies of music files (that were supposedly detected) on their computers. In fact, paying this fine is equivalent to sending money directly to cyber criminals.

Computer users should be aware that no authorities worldwide use pop-up messages such as this to collect fines for any law violations. Cyber criminals merely exploit the names of the FBI, AKM, SABAM, GVU, PRS, and many others in order to lend authenticity to their rogue messages. This fake message is categorized as ransomware, however, at the time of research, it did not block users' attempts to close the browser window containing the fake message. At this time it is not clear whether cyber criminals have deliberately not implemented browser locking using Java script (as seen in other browser locking ransomware), or whether this ransomware is still in the development stage. Commonly, this ransomware is proliferated using malicious or hacked websites.

At the time of research, this scam did not use any rogue Java scripts to block users' attempts to close their Internet browsers or opened tabs. Computer users who discover these fake pop-up messages should ignore them and close their Internet browsers.

After closing these rogue pop-ups, scan your computer for possible malware infections.

Scan your computer for possible malware infections

Initially, this ransomware infection 'scans' users' computers for pirated copies of music files:

Fake browser piracy scan

After a few seconds, this ransomware mimics the detection of several illegally-downloaded music files:

For example: Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (C:\Downloads\miley cyrus - wrecking ball.mp3); PSY - Gangnam Style (C:\Downloads\psy - gangnam style.mp3); etc.

Fake browser privacy scan results

After the fake scan, users are presented with a message demanding payment of a $100 USD or 100 Euro fine to avoid a criminal case. At the time of research, cyber criminals were targeting 13 countries with localized variants of their fake messages: United States, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Netherlands, Sweden, and Portugal.

United States - FBI "Access to your computer was denied"

Browser Piracy ransomware virus targeted at USA

Belgium -  SABAM "UW computer is vergrendeld"

Browser Piracy ransomware virus targeted at Belgium

Austria - AKM "Der zugang zu ihrem computer wurde gesperrt"

Browser piracy virus targeted at Austria

Germany - GVU "Ihr Computer wurde von der GVU gesperrt"

Browser piracy virus targeted at Germany

Switzerland - SUISA "Der zugang zu ihrem computer wurde gesperrt"

Browser piracy virus targeted at Switzerland

Great Britain - PRS "Your computer has been locked"

Browser piracy virus targeted at United Kingdom

Spain - SGAE "El ordenador se ha bloqueado"

Browser piracy virus targeted at Spain

Italy - SIAE "il computer è stato bloccato"

Browser piracy virus targeted at Italy

Greece

Browser piracy virus targeted at Greece

Portugal - SPAUTORES "o seu computador foi bloqueado"

Browser piracy virus targeted at Portugal

Netherlands - BUMA STEMRA "uw computer is vergrendeld"

Browser piracy virus targeted at Netherlands

Sweden - Polisen "din dator har lästs"

Browser piracy virus targeted at Sweden

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Tomas Meskauskas

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