YouTube Ransomware Description
The YouTube Ransomware is a Trojan that locks your desktop accessibility by covering the screen with a fake pop-up alert. Attacks by the YouTube Ransomware are crafted to resemble warning messages from the Youtube website or an intellectual property holder, but always can be assumed to be fraudulent. Malware experts recommend following standard strategies for disabling screen locking Trojans before deleting the YouTube Ransomware with the anti-malware program that you prefer.
Trojans Using Streaming Video's Success against Its Audience
The battleground between intellectual property holders and those who aren't interested in abiding by traditional IP rights hosts involvement by more parties than just those two; for example, it also provides a fruitful thematic baseline for some campaigns deploying threatening software. That design decision is one that malware experts usually find in various types of extortion-based threats, such as screen-locking or data-encrypting Trojans. The YouTube Ransomware campaign is a new series of attacks in the same vein.
The YouTube Ransomware blocks the compromised PC's screen by launching a pop-up displaying a symbol that may be associated with errors in Youtube's video content. Since the window includes none of the standard UI elements for allowing resizing, closing, or minimizing, the PC is temporarily unusable, as long as the attack is open. Other than this feature, malware experts haven't found other attacks from the YouTube Ransomware's payloads, such as data encryption.
The YouTube Ransomware campaign shows more significant social engineering elements in its text: a warning message that the users have been viewing copyright-protected content and are having their systems locked as a punishment. It's unclear if the author intends to profit from the YouTube Ransomware's payload since the Trojan lacks any mention of ransom payments, Bitcoin wallet addresses, e-mail addresses, or other criteria commonplace to extortion-based Trojan campaigns. It's possible that the YouTube Ransomware is unfinished or that its threat actor designed it as a 'joke.'
Learning When to Turn the Tube Off
The YouTube Ransomware is the greatest hazard to PC users who don't understand the accepted conditions of IP infringement warnings and similar, legal communications. Regardless of your Web-surfing history, no website or program ever has the right to 'lock' your computer or block you from using your desktop. Although victims can remove pop-ups from the current samples of the YouTube Ransomware with the code 'law725' input into the text field, variants of the YouTube Ransomware may use different passwords or attacks. Distribution methods with screen-locking threats may exploit compromised advertising networks, unsafe websites, and unprotected file-distribution resources, like torrents.
When removing threatening software that blocks your user interface, malware analysts encourage rebooting your PC and terminating all threats during the restart process. Most system configurations will provide access to the advanced startup menu after you press F8 before Windows starts to load. Within that menu, selecting any of the Safe Mode-based options can help you disable other threats, thereby letting you delete the YouTube Ransomware with any comprehensive anti-malware product.
The legal pretenses of the YouTube Ransomware infections are paper-thin, but do an apt job displaying how con artists abuse the public's widespread fear and confusion over intellectual property issues. Remembering what rights a Web admin or copyright holder does and doesn't have is one of the many pieces of the puzzle of protecting your computer.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to YouTube Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.
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File System Modifications
The following files were created in the system:
file.exeFile name: file.exe
Size: 32.76 KB (32768 bytes)
Detection count: 30
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: November 10, 2019