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‘You Shall Not Pass’ Virus

Posted: May 20, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 2,521
Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 248
First Seen: May 20, 2013
Last Seen: October 11, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

You Shall Not Pass Virus Screenshot 1The 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus is a browser hijacker that, similar to the notorious DNS Changer, makes changes to your operating system's Hosts file for the purpose of blocking your ability to browse the web, after which the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus may redirect you to malicious websites. The 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus acquires its name from the website that the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus currently redirects its victims towards, which contains a simplified depiction of a famous Lord of the Rings scene wherein a major character insisted that 'You shall not pass!' Deleting the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus and then removing the changes to your Hosts file with appropriate software should easily re-enable your normal browser behavior, but SpywareRemove.com malware researchers warn that the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus often is installed with high-level PC threats, such as some variants of backdoor Trojans, that should be treated as far more dangerous than the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus's browser-hijacking cinematic references.

The 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus: More Black Wizard Than White

The majority of browser hijackers redirect PC users to sites that are intended to phish for information worth stealing, frighten them with fake legal warnings or, in the least dangerous of cases, just expose them to advertisements. The 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus is somewhat more whimsical and less obviously profitable, in that the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus just blocks your ability to use other sites entirely by redirecting your browser towards a site with no content other than a depiction of Tolkien's Gandalf the Grey character. With a pop culture reference cheekily informing any victims that they can't surf the Internet, the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus's work is done.

SpywareRemove.com malware researchers observed that the methods through which the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus achieves these attacks allow them to function in all types of browsers. They also will contain to occur regardless of any browser-specific settings changes, until the underlying DNS changes are resolved. Since improper changes to files attacked by the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus can cause additional web-browsing issues, it's usually discouraged for any non-expert in PC security to attempt to find and delete the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus's Hosts file changes.

Why the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus is Worse Than a Parlor Trick

Like any stage magician, the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus is heavy on flash and low on substance, and can't be considered a high-level PC threat that can endanger your computer significantly. Any competent anti-malware utility should be able to delete the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus (which does not, unlike a real virus, distribute itself through file infections) and remove the DNS changes that hijack your browse.

This good news also comes with a significant 'but' to it: the fact that the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus often is installed with other Trojans. SpywareRemove.com malware experts were particularly alarmed to find at least one case of the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus being distributed along with Win32/Fynloski.AA, a backdoor Trojan that enables criminals to take over your PC through a set of newly-gouged network vulnerabilities.

Current infection vectors for the 'You Shall Not Pass' Virus are heavy on bundles with unauthorized and illegal programs, particularly those distributed on untrustworthy sites and through torrent networks.

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