How to Unlock Your Browser
Computer hackers are becoming more and more easy to defeat with each passing year.
If your computer were to have been held hostage in the 90s or even the early 2000s, there would have been little you could do. Nowadays, there are plenty of ways for you to defeat hostile ransomware attacks without paying a dime.
Why Is Your Browser Locked?
Odds are, your browser has been locked as a result of accidentally downloading ransomware. Ransomware is a malicious programming code used to restrict access to various files until payment has been received.
These attacks are so potentially harmful that, in the summer of 2019, multiple Florida cities were forced to pay ransoms totalling half a million dollars or more.
How You Can Protect Yourself
The best defense against hackers is through the use of high-quality preventative measures. Of course, sometimes attackers slip past your defenses. That’s where these tips come in.
Force Close Your Internet Applications
One of the easiest ways to unlock your browser is to force it to reset in Task Manager. Force-closing your internet applications can potentially free up your browser, provided you don’t go back to the site that infected it.
Factory Reset Your Browser
If you’re on a Mac that has been infected with this ransomware attack, you might have better luck going into your system settings and performing a full factory reset of Safari.
If neither a force-close or a factory reset works, you might have to take it in to an IT professional to have them look at what they can do. As evidenced by the two above-mentioned Florida towns, it’s not always possible to unlock the ransomed files so easily.