You have been blocked from our website! Virus

Also Known As: You have been blocked from our website! Hosts File Hijacker
Type: Other
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

You have been blocked from our website! virus (TRUSTe website unlocker scam) removal guide

What is You have been blocked from our website?

This message states that the Internet user was blocked from accessing popular websites (such as Google.com, Facebook.com, eBay.com, etc.) and demands completion of online surveys in order to restore access. This is a scam, a rogue website to which users are redirected when their computers are infected with Hosts file-modifying malware. The operating system Hosts file is used to resolve canonical names of websites to IP addresses, and when this file is changed, users may be redirected to malicious websites whilst observing legitimate URLs in the browser address bar.

The deceptive message (used to trick unsuspecting PC users into completing online surveys), states that the website block was imposed for security reasons and forces users into downloading "TRUSTe Website Unlocker", which supposedly removes the malware purported to affect Internet browsing. In fact, this message is a scam and the name of TRUSTe is exploited by cyber criminals who are responsible for creating this Hosts file hijacker, which redirects Internet users to this website. If you cannot access Google.com or other popular websites and you see the message, "You have been blocked from our website!", your operating system Hosts file was modified by malware. Ignore this message and do not complete any online surveys.

You have been blocked from our website - online survey virus

The "You have been blocked from our website!" virus is distributed using fake downloads. For example, Internet users can be tricked into downloading this virus by malicious websites, which supposedly promote Facebook password-hacking tools, WiFi password-hacking tools, etc. Other popular sources of this Hosts file hijacker are P2P networks and drive-by download infections. Note that completing online surveys when requested by this deceptive message can result in signing up for some costly mobile services. Avoid such online survey scams. To protect your PC from Hosts file-modifying malware such as this, use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware software. If your computer is already infected, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this virus from your PC.

A deceptive message used to trick Internet users into completing online surveys:

You have been blocked from our website!

This website has been blocked because of your recent activity. Your actions have been marked as malware like, to visit this website again follow instructions on the left. This is made for security reasons. Please take your time to go through the verification process to restore you access to blocked websites. TRUSTe Website Unlocker should remove any malware that affects Your browsing. We are sorry for for the inconvenience this might cause you.
Internet Privacy and Security - TRUSTe    
Steps to access this website again:

1. Click unlock button below
2. Pick survey to verify that you are human
3. Complete survey
4. Download WebsiteUnlocker.exe
5. Run program "as admin" to remove malware
6. Delete browser cookies
7. Continue virus-free browsing

 

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"You have been blocked from our website!" virus removal:

Internet browser redirects to 173.83.222.101 (a malicious website, which attempts to force computer users into completing online surveys), are caused by a Trojan, which modifies the operating system Hosts file. To remove this Trojan, download recommended malware removal software and run a full system scan.

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After eliminating this Trojan, check your operating system Hosts file. Information stored in this file is responsible for resolving canonical names of websites. If the information in this file is changed by a malicious program, you could encounter redirect problems whilst surfing the Internet.

The Hosts file is used to resolve canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious sites, despite seeing legitimate URLs in address bar. It is difficult to determine sites are genuine when the Hosts file is modified. To fix this, please download the Microsoft Fix It tool, that restores your Hosts file to the Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:

Microsoft Fix It

You should also check some settings manually. Follow these instructions to check if everything is in place.

Check your proxy settings. (Internet Explorer)

Start Internet Explorer. Click Internet Options. Select Connections. Click LAN settings. Check that none of the boxes are selected.

Internet Explorer LAN settings

Start Mozilla FireFox. Click Tools, select Options. Click Advanced. Select Network Tab and click Settings. Check that 'No proxy' is selected.

Internet Explorer Connection Settings

To check that there are no unusual entries added to the Hosts file, follow this information (Google redirect virus removal guide with examples of default Windows Hosts file values).

Check that there are no unwanted browser add-ons installed without your consent:

Internet Explorer logoInternet Explorer:

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for unwanted add-ons and disable them.

Mozilla Firefox logoMozilla FireFox:

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable unwanted add-ons.

Google Chrome logoGoogle Chrome:

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate unwanted add-ons and click on the trash can icon.

Comments 

 
#5 Ahmed 2013-12-23 17:28
Thanks a lot,it's working now
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#4 Hassan Nofal 2013-09-18 09:01
thank you , My pc was also affected , but now solved , thanks
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#3 Mohammed Khan 2013-05-30 04:58
Hi, thanks for the post. My pc was also affected and when it asked for surveys then i understood it must be scam. I just checked my host file and saw all major sites were forwarded to ip: 173.83.222.101 and remove them all. That works.
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#2 AZIZ 2013-05-27 10:41
Thank you! now i am very happy
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#1 Michael 2013-04-28 14:31
Hi..
This is VERY annoying.. scan all you want dudes,, the only way is; run in notepad %SystemRoot%system32driversetchost s delete all and save.. and voila, works again..

Michael
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