'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus

'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus Description

Type: Possibly Unwanted Program

ScreenshotThe 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus is actually a ransomware Trojan that blocks access to its victims' computers. What the 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus does is to freeze the victim's monitor and prevent access to the infected computer's desktop or files. To unblock the infected computer, the 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus message claims that it is necessary to complete several online surveys, generating additional revenue for the criminals responsible for this malware threat.

How Criminals Profit from the 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus

This is a relatively new way in which criminals are starting to monetize Winlocker Trojans. Previous infections were designed to threaten computer users by pretending to be messages from the police or from a government agency. Other versions simply stated that the victim's computer was being held hostage and demanded a ransom to unlock it. The 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus belongs to a new variant in these kinds of threats which profits from affiliate marketing schemes that rely on having computer users fill out online surveys.

Even though it may be tempting to complete the surveys in order to gain access to the infected computer, these will often require information such as the victim's address, email, phone number, etc. This information may be used to sign up the victim for costly services without their knowledge, to steal the victim's identity or sold to marketing companies that may then harass the victim with spam email messages or phone-based marketing. Because of this, the best plan of action when dealing with the 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus is to remove this threat from the infected computer.

To remove the 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus, ESG security researchers advise starting up the infected computer in Safe Mode. This should allow the computer user to bypass the 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus message and gain access to the blocked operating system. It is first recommended disabling the 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus' automatic start-up by making the necessary modifications to the Windows Registry Editor or in MSConfig. Then, use a reliable anti-malware scanner to scan the infected hard drive in order to remove all malicious files associated with the 'Please complete a quick survey to continue' Virus.

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