Website access has been restricted Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: High
"Your website access has been restricted for downloading pirated software" virus removal guide
Online message "Access Restricted!" when trying to access popular websites (Facebook, YouTube, Google, Bing etc.) is a Hosts file hijacker virus. This redirect virus is created to force unsuspecting PC users into filling online surveys. Cyber criminals who are responsible for creating this scam are receiving commissions every time anyone completes these deceptive online surveys. Internet users should be aware that filling such online surveys could easily end up in serious privacy issues or may lead to a huge phone bill.
Most commonly such online surveys are used to collect user's private information or to force users into subscribing for some costly mobile services. In some cases Internet users are forced into downloading some software or browser add-on which may lead to serious security related issues. This Hosts file hijacker virus is being spread using fake downloads - users are tricked into downloading this virus which disguises itself as being some hacking tool, video codec etc. This type of scam (misleading Hosts file modification) is not new, this security threat is similar to previously seen "You have been blocked from our website! virus.
Screenshot of deceptive online message used to force Internet users into filling online surveys:
Cyber criminals who are responsible for creating this scam are hopping that unsuspecting PC users will believe that they can't access certain websites because of downloading pirated software and will fill one of online surveys after clicking "UNLOCK" button. In reality such online messages are not used by any legitimate website, it's a scam created by Cyber criminals.
Screenshot of a fake message "STOP! Please verify you are human!":
This message on one's Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox etc.) is a clear indication of the presence of Hosts file hijacker virus. Don't fill any online surveys and use the provided removal guide to eliminate this scam from your computer.
Deceptive message used to trick Internet users into filling online surveys:
Your website access has been restricted for downloading pirated software. To restore normal browsing, press "unlock" below. Once verified you can download our unlocker.
Please complete one survey or offer below to verify you're human. You must use valid details.
STOP! Please verify you are human!
"Your website access has been restricted for downloading pirated software" virus removal:
Internet browsers redirect to a malicious website which tries to force computer users into filling online surveys are caused by a Trojan which modifies one's operating system's Hosts file. To remove this Trojan download a recommended malware removal software and run a full system scan.
After eliminating this Trojan you should check your operating system's Hosts file. Information stored in this file is responsible for resolving canonical names of websites - if the information in this file is changed by malicious program you could encounter redirect problems while surfing the Internet.
Hosts file is used to resolve some canonical names of websites to ip addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious site still seeing good URL in address bar. It is very hard to find out if the site is genuine or not, when hosts file is modified. To fix this, please download Microsoft Fix It tool, that restores your hosts file to Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below: