You Shall Not Pass Virus

Also Known As: You Shall Not Pass Hosts File Hijacker
Type: Other
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Moderate

"YOU SHALL NOT PASS" virus removal guide

What is You Shall Not Pass?

The "You shall not pass" message appears when attempting to access Google, Facebook, or other popular websites. It is a host hijacker - a security infection, which modifies the operating system Hosts file. This file is used to resolve canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When this file is modified, users may be redirected to malicious websites whilst still observing valid URLs in address bar. Note that this particular security threat does not appear to be especially malicious - it blocks access to popular websites, however, it does not perform other malicious tasks. Other Hosts file hijackers prevent users' access to the Internet, then coerce them into completing online surveys before returning Internet access.

You shall not pass virus

Whilst this browser hijacker appears ineffectual, computer users should be aware that Hosts file hijackers, ransomware viruses, and fake antivirus programs are often bundled with baking Trojans and other spyware, which collect information used to access certain sites. This information is then collated and sent to a remote machine. Moreover, infiltrated computers can encounter further security-related issues. Trojans, for example, are used to download files from a remote computer and perform other malicious tasks. If you see the "You shall not pass" message when attempting to access popular websites, your PC is infiltrated with a Hosts file-modifying Trojan.

Other Hosts file hijackers used to trick PC users into filling deceptive online surveys include "Your website access has been restricted for downloading pirated software" and "You have been blocked from our website!". The "You shall not pass" Hosts file hijacker is distributed using fake downloads and some Internet users report that their computers are infected with this Trojan when they download Minecraft-related add-ons, account generators, etc. To remove the "You shall not pass" browser hijacker, use the removal guide provided.

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"You shall not pass" virus removal:

Internet browser redirects to the "You shall not pass" website 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 within 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. Ensure 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. Ensure that "No proxy" is selected.

Internet Explorer Connection Settings

To check if 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 icon Google 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.