GEMA: Your computer has been locked. Ransomware-How to Remove?

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GEMA: Your computer has been locked. Ransomware-How to Remove?

Postby Sophia » 2012-09-09 22:14


Is there a full screen on your computer warning that your computer has been locked and asking for a release fee to unlock? Is it fake or not? Read this post to figure this out and completely get rid of the ransomware in name of GEMA.

Similar to the ransomware in name of PRS for music, aka Celas virus, Celas Game Card virus, GEMA PC lock up virus goes the similar routine as the said Celas ransomware. Many users have encountered this virus that freezes the whole computer screen and displays a warning in name of GEMA to allege some copyright-offended activities and requires a release fee to unlock the computer. However, it is totally a fake warning alert by cybercriminals to extort money. So be aware of such infection.


Similar Ransomware: Celas ransomware, Malex ransomware, FBI moneypak virus, Police Central e-crime Unit ukash ransomware,United States Cyber Security greendot moneypak virus, Automated Information Control System( AICS) ransomware, etc


GEMA is one of the largest societies of authors for works of music worldwide. However, cyber crooks has started the name of GEMA in their ransomware scam. It is used to trick unsuspecting PC users into paying a non-existent fine supposedly for downloading copyrighted material from the Internet. Actually, GEMA doesn't have anything to do with this computer locked. And those cybercriminals are just exploiting the name of this company to make their deceptive message appear more legitimate. The text in this fake message states that you have downloaded copyrighted material from the Internet thereby involving a criminal offense. THIS MESSAGE IS A SCAM-you should never trust it and if it appears on your computer screen, you’d better work on ways out to get rid of it completely in no time. The truth is even if you pay the fine to unlock, you will get nothing but more sensitive data leak when you’re paying the ransomware by credit card. Whatsoever, do not believe any of it may say, even if your IP address stated correctly in such a deceptive message in your language.


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Fake message shown in GEMA ransomware:

"GEMA
All activity of this computer has been recorded. If you use a web cam, video and pictures were saved for identification. You can be clearly identified by resolving your IP address and the associated host-name. Your computer has been locked! Illegally downloaded material (MP3's, Movies or Software) has been located on your computer. By downloading, those were reproduced, thereby involving a criminal offense under Section 106 of the Copyright Act. The downloading of copyrighted material via the Internet or music-sharing networks is illegal and is in accordance with Section 206 of the Copyright Act subject to a fine or imprisonment for a penalty of up to 3 years. Furthermore, possession of illegally downloaded material is punishable under Section 184 paragraph 3 of the Criminal Code and may also lead to the confiscation of the computer, with which the files were downloaded. To unblock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences you are obligated to pay a release fee of 100 euro. Payable through Paysafecard or Ukash. After successful payment your computer will automatically unlock. Failure to adhere to this request could involve criminal charges and possible imprisonment.
To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences you are obligated to pay a release fee of 100 euro. Payable through Paysafecard or Ukash. After successful payment your computer will automatically unlock. Failure to adhere to this request could involve criminal charges and possible imprisonment.To perform the payment, enter the acquired Paysafecard or Ukash code in the designated payment field and Press the "OK" button.
"


Web cam control

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    Once infected, there would be a little more than usual that this ransomware virus would even attempt to trick the user into thinking they are under surveillance by webcam, as it always shows a fake screen in “recording” status. Actually this even makes no difference on the infected computer with no web cam at all. Apparently, the truth is ready to jump out at your call.


Deny Flash

Most ransomware exploits Java or Flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. In some cases denying or disabling flash on your system may suspend the GEMA ransomware viurs and enable the user to navigate through the infected system. If this not a necessity for removal, skip to the removal options below these steps.

To disable (deny) flash

    1.Visit:http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html

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    2. Select the “Deny” radio option

    3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).




How to Remove GEMA ransomware –Your Computer Has Been Locked virus Removal



Note! This tutorial is effective for all GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash and Paysafecard ransomwares.

There are several ways to get rid of such Ukash ransomware depending on the specific situation of infection. If the computer can still boot into safe mode, please follow the Option 1 removal steps to go. If the computer is completely blocked from anything, including safe mode running, then bet on Option 2 removal steps to go.


Removal Option 1-Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore

    Step 1> Launch your PC into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. During the start, keep pressing F8 key till the Advanced Windows Options Menu shows up and then use the arrow key on the keyboard to highlight the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option and then press Enter. See detailed instructions on how to boot Windows to Safe Mode

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    Note: make sure you login your computer with administrative privileges. (login as admin)

    Step 2> Once the Command Prompt appears you only have few seconds to type “explorer” and hit Enter. If you fail to do so within 2-3 seconds, the ransomware virus will not allow you to type anymore.

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    Step 3> Once Windows Explorer shows up browse to:

    Win XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
    Win Vista/Seven: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter

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    Step 4> Follow all steps to restore or recover your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point), before infection.

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    Step 5> Download, install, update and runAnvi Smart Defender(http://www.anvisoft.com/software/asd/. Remove all threats detected and reboot your PC.

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Removal Option 2 Using Anvi Rescue Disk to Remove the Ransomware and Repair the Infected Computer


Chances are your PC is heavily infected by this ransomware that it is blocked from safe mode running as well. If such is the case, the removal may be a little bit complex and here we use Anvi Rescue Rescue Disk to demonstrate the removal steps and good luck to you. If any question in the process, just let us know.


Also below is a video of ransomware removal using Anvi Rescue Disk for reference.




    Step 1> Download the Anvi Rescue Disk isoimage file Rescue.iso and the USB disk production tool BootUsb.exe from Anvisoft official site.


    Direct download link: http://download.anvisoft.com/software/rescuedisk.zip


    Please kindly note that Rescue.iso is a large file download; please be patient while it downloads.


    Step 2> Record Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to USB drive. You can also record the iso image to a CD/DVD. We will introduce the steps to record iso image to a CD/DVD in following guide.


    Connect USB to computer. You’d better backup your important data and format your USB drive before use it to record the iso image.

    Locate your download folder and double-clicking on BootUsb.exe to start it. And then click “Choose File” button to browser into your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file.

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    Select the path of USB drive, such as Drive H:

    Click “Start Burning” to start the burn of USB Rescue Disk boot drive.

    Please close BootUsb.exe tool after you successfully burn the file to USB drive when you get following message.


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    Now, you have bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.


    Alternative Option

    You can also record Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to a DV/DVD. Any CD/DVD record software is fine for burn iso image. If you don’t have any, you can download and install Nero Burning ROM and ImgBurn. Here we will use Nero Burning ROM for demonstration purpose.

    Please open and start Nero Burning ROM and select Burn Image from the drop-down menu of the Recorder.


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    Locate your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file and then click Open button.


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    Click Burn button to start record the iso image. After a few minutes, you will have a bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.


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    Step 3>Restart your computer and configure your computer to boot from USB drive/DV/DVD that recorded Anvi Rescue Disk. Basically , you can use F8 to load USB boot menu.

    For different motherboard, you may need to use the Delete or F2, F11 keys, to load the BIOS menu. Normally, the information how to enter the BIOS menu is displayed on the screen at the start of the OS boot.


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    The keys F1, F8, F10, F12 might be used for some motherboards, as well as the following key
    combinations:

    • Ctrl+Esc
    • Ctrl+Ins
    • Ctrl+Alt
    • Ctrl+Alt+Esc
    • Ctrl+Alt+Enter
    • Ctrl+Alt+Del
    • Ctrl+Alt+Ins
    • Ctrl+Alt+S


    If you can enter Boot Menu directly then simply select your CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st boot device.

    If you can't enter Boot Menu directly then simply use Delete key to enter BIOS menu. Select Boot from the main BIOS menu and then select Boot Device Priority. After that, set USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st Boot Device. Save changes and exist BIOS menu.


    Step> 4 After that let's boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk.

    Restart your computer. After restart, a message will appear on the screen: press any key to enter the menu. So, press Enter or any other key to load the Anvi Rescue Disk

    please selected your preferred language and press Enter to continue.



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    Step> 5Now you are in the mini Operating system, please double click Rescue tool to start Anvi Rescue disk.


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    Step> 6 Make sure that your computer is connected to network connection before you run a scan on your computer. Please scroll down the file and check the tutorial if you fail to connect your computer to Internet.

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    Step> 7 Please run a full scan by clicking the “Scan Computer” button in the middle of the program to detect and kill the PC lockup virus.


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    Step>8 Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threat by Anvi Rescue Disk.

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    Step> 9 Switch to Repair tab. Scan and fix the registry error with the “Repair” module of Anvi Rescue
    Disk.

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    Important Notice: You must repair the registry error after kill the virus. You are probably disabled to boot your Windows without fixing registry damaged by the virus.


    Step>10 Now your computer should be clean and rescued from the virus infection. Please restart your computer into the normal Windows mode. To prevent the computer from infecting by such ransomware or related Trojans, please ensure you get proper protection on your computer and you may just keep the Anvi Smart Defender for this. Safe and direct download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/asd/

Recommended: After the virus removal, you may also need to clean up the computer operation system thoroughly using a system booster or cleaner/optimizer as whatever you may call it, like Cloud System Booster, in order to make it better perform. A nice try of Cloud System Booster by safely and directly download it here: www.anvisoft.com/software/csb/



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Better Protect Your Computer from GEMA Ransomware and other Similar Malware Infections


Anvi Smart Defenderby Anvisoft is focused on malware detection and removal and it is initially created in a light smart way to enhance your computer online protection from FBI malex ransomware and other similar malware infections. Besides free version for basic protection, this anti-malware tool also offers a pro version for upgraded guard against latest potential malware infections online. So you can just keep thisAnvi Smart Defender onto your computer together with the firewall, antivirus, etc to empower solid defending online.

To better secure your online activities, please also turn on the security features of browsers like IE, Google Chrome and Firefox. See detailed instructions related here.


Good luck to you and be safe online.
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