You have been blocked from our website! Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
You have been blocked from our website! virus (TRUSTe website unlocker scam) removal guide
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.
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
"You have been blocked from our website!" virus removal:
Internet browser redirects to 22.214.171.124 (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.
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: