YouTube Ransomware Removal Guide

Do you know what YouTube Ransomware is?

If you find that YouTube Ransomware blocks and locks your screen, you do not need to start panicking. Our researchers say that after testing this new malicious threat in our internal lab, it seems that only its name says it is a ransomware but its actions speak louder than words. Our research shows that this Trojan infection only locks your screen and does not do any damage to your files, such as encryption. You should not take this warning too seriously but it is still essential that you remove YouTube Ransomware from your system even though you can put an end to the lock easily by entering the right unlock code. Leaving such a threat on your system might cause further complications that you do not want to wait to see.

The sad truth is that it is not even too difficult to infect your computer with such a Trojan. You may believe that cyber criminals are out there trying to hack your PC and then, install all kinds of malware infections to take over your system. Well, we cannot say that this never happens; however, the most likely way for you to find such an infection on board is that you yourself drop it onto your system. It is enough to click on the wrong content on a shady website or to download free software from the wrong source (torrent or shareware page).

You should only use official websites whenever you want to download software or updates. It is always risky to visit alternative file-sharing websites. While there are some reputable ones people usually trust, there are plenty of fake and malicious torrent and freeware sites that can infect your with bundled threats. If you may have infected your computer this way, there is a good chance that this Trojan is only one of couple of malware threats on board. Therefore, we suggest that you run a proper malware scanner to detect other potential threats as well after you finally delete YouTube Ransomware.YouTube Ransomware Removal GuideYouTube Ransomware screenshot
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The other popular method to infect unsuspecting computer users with Trojans and ransomware is spamming campaigns. Spam mails can reach lots of users and probably fool most of them, too. The reason behind the success is simple: The spam mails of today can impersonate well-known or respected senders and regard important-looking matters that users can easily relate to. This is the kind of mail that you would certainly want to open even if you find it in your spam folder. The subject of this spam can be anything to do with unpaid invoices and fines, possible unauthorized use of your bank account, wrong credit card details given while shopping online, and so on. It is quite likely that you would like to see what this mail has to say. Well, the mail itself will not really reveal too much in fact; instead, you will be instructed to view the attached file. But once you save and open this file, you actually initiate this attack. Fortunately, this time, you can delete YouTube Ransomware without the risk of losing your files to encryption.

After you run the malicious executable of this Trojan, it does not encrypt your files as most working ransomware infections would; it simply behaves as a screen locker, i.e., it locks your screen. A black window comes up on your screen with a big YouTube sad face. The warning message claims that you “have violated the YouTube law” by watching copyrighted content. It also tells you that you can only use your computer again if you enter the right code below. It is quite strange though that there is no information at all about how you are supposed to get hold of this code or where to pay for it. Ransomware infections usually ask for Bitcoin payment and may also include detailed information about how to buy Bitcoin. If such information is not given, there is usually an e-mail address to contact the attackers for further instructions. However, in this case there is nothing. Still, there is no need for panic because we have all you need to unlock your computer and remove YouTube Ransomware.

In order for you to be able to unlock your screen, you need to enter the following code: law725. If you click on the button below, you should see this window disappearing. Do not just press Enter to process this code because our researchers say that it may not work that way. Once you unlock your system, you can easily delete the related file. We also recommend that you kill any suspicious process via Task Manager before you delete the malicious executable. Please use our guide below as a reference if you need help with all this. It is possible that you are ready to invest in a decent anti-malware tool, such as SpyHunter. We advise you to carefully choose your security software as the web is swarming with rogue programs.

Remove YouTube Ransomware from Windows

  1. After entering the unlock code and unlocking your screen, open your Task Manager by tapping Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  2. Check the process list to find the malicious process.
  3. If found, click on End task.
  4. Close the Task Manager.
  5. Tap Win+E.
  6. Delete any suspicious file that you have downloaded lately and could be related.
  7. Empty your Recycle Bin and reboot your PC.

In non-techie terms:

YouTube Ransomware is in fact a Trojan infection that locks your screen and thus locks you out of accessing your files and your system. This screen locker displays a warning message on your screen covering all active windows. This message claims that you have been watching copyrighted content on YouTube and that is why you are locked now. The strange thing is that this infection does not even demand a fee to be paid for you to be able to unlock your system. Instead, you have to enter an unlock code, which we luckily have for you. It is important that you remove YouTube Ransomware even if it has not encrypted your files. For your protection, we suggest that you install a trustworthy anti-malware program as soon as possible because you may not be able to ward off the next more devastating attack.