What is U.S. Department of Homeland Security Moneypak Virus?
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (National Cyber Security Division) message - "THIS COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED" which asks to pay a fine of $300 for supposedly made law violations is a scam, it's a ransomware infection which shouldn't be trusted. Please note, the Department of Homeland Security has nothing to do with this message, the name of this authority is being exploited by Cyber criminals to make their deceptive message appear more legitimate and thus trick more unsuspecting PC users into paying this non-existent fine of $300. The accusations of watching pornography involving children, using or sharing copyrighted files and using unlicensed software are totally false and are used to scare computer users into paying this fake fine. In reality if one would pay this fine using MoneyPak your money would be send to Cyber criminals and there are no guarantees if your computer will ever be unblocked.
This particular ransomwareinfection is targeted at PC users from United States of America and exploits the name of U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Other known ransomware infections targeted at computer users from USA uses the names of FBI, The ICE Cyber Crimes Center and many other. Computer users should know that none of the authorities around the world (including The Department of Homeland Security) are using such messages which blocks computer user's screen to collect fines for any law violations. Such messages are used by Cyber criminals to steal money from unsuspecting PC users - if you see such message on your computer's screen you can be sure that your PC is infected with a ransomware infection.
How Did This U.S. Department of Homeland Security Moneypak Infect My Computer?
U.S. Department of Homeland Security MoneyPak scam is being distributed using various Trojans and drive-by downloads. Cyber criminals are able to exploit the found security vulnerabilities on one's computer and infiltrate it with such rogue message. Furthermore, ransomware infections come localized so computer users from different countries will see different deceptive messages which would use the names and graphics of local authorities. The best way of preventing ransomware infections is using legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware software, one should also keep your operating system and all of the installed software up-to-date. If your computer is already infected with The Department of Homeland Security scam you should use the provided removal instructions and eliminate this ransomware from your PC.
What Does This U.S. Department of Homeland Security Moneypak Virus Do to Infected Computer?
Once installed on your computer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security virus will display a bogus notification that pretends to be from a law enforcement agency, and states that your computer has been blocked due to it being involved with the distribution of pornographic material, SPAM and copyrighted content.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security virus will lock you out of your computer and applications, so whenever you’ll try to log on into your Windows operating system or Safe Mode with Networking, it will display instead a lock screen asking you to pay a non-existing fine of $300 in the form of a Green dot MoneyPak code.
Furthermore, to make this alert seem more authentic, this virus also has the ability to access your installed webcam, so that the bogus U.S. Department of Homeland Security notification shows what is happening in the room.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security virus locks the computer and, depending on the user’s current location, displays a localized webpage that covers the entire desktop of the infected computer and demands payment for the supposed possession of illicit material.
Fake message presented in U.S. Department of Homeland Security MoneyPak virus reads:
US Department of homeland Security
National Cyber Security Division
THIS COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED
The work of your computer has been suspended on the grounds of the violation of the law of the United States of America.
Article 164. Pornography involving children. Article 171. Copyright. Article 113. The use of unlicensed software.
To unlock the computer you are obliged to pay a fine of $300. You must pay the fine through MoneyPak. You have 48 hours to pay the fine. If the fine has not been paid, you will become the subject of criminal prosecution with ought the right to pay the fine. The Department for the Fight Against Cyber activity will confiscate your computer and that You to Court.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security lock screen is a scam, and you should ignore any alerts that this malicious software might generate.
Under no circumstance should you send any money via MoneyPak to these cyber criminals, and if you have, you can should request a refund, stating that you are the victim of a computer virus and scam.
Similar ransomware infections:
FBI moneypak virus, Citadel Reventon Malware, United States Cyber Security virus, FBI Ultimate Game Card virus, All Activity on This Computer Has Been Recorded-Fake FBI Warning infection, FBI Online Agent virus, Internet Crime Compliant Center Virus PCeU virus (aka Metropolitan Police Ukash virus), Malex ransomware, Your computer is locked for violating the Law of Great Britain virus, DOJ virus, File Encryption Virus, SGAE virus, An Garda Síochána. Ireland’s National Police Service virus, ISCA 2012 virus, Automated Information Control System virus, ACCDFISA Protection Program ransomware, Celas ransomware, Votre ordinateur est bloque! Gendarmerie Ukash virus, Canadian Police Association Virus, Urausy virus/ransomware, Office Central de Lutte contre la Criminalité Virus, Bundesamt fur Polizei Virus, Canadian Police Cybercrime Investigation Department Virus, GEMA: Your computer has been locked virus, Den Syenska Polisen IT-Sakerhet Ransomware, Bundes Polizei Ukash virus, Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus, FBI. Cybercrime Division virus, UK Police virus, Royal Canadian Mounted Police virus, ICE virus, LPD BM.I Virus, Ihr Computer ist gesperrt Virus, AKM virus, Komenda Glowna Policji Virus, Police & Gendarmerie Nationale Virus, Police Grand-Ducale Luxembourg Virus, Policia Federal Argentina (PFA) Virus, New Zealand Police "PC Blocked" Ukash Virus, FBI Reloadit Pack Virus, Hadopi Ransomware, etc.
Symptoms of U.S Department of Homeland Security MoneyPak Ransomware Infection
- Every time you boot your computer, it will lock the entire computer OS and afterwards the desktop is totally hijacked by a fake alert from U.S Department of Home Security is presented to be scary and do its trick.
If you want to boot the computer to safe mode for troubleshooting, in most cases, the computer system is still blocked and an alert as shown above appear to hijack the desktop and you are totally locked from any safe mode operation.
According to the above said, it seems that such ransomware is complicated to handle because any normal operation is blocked. And even the Microsoft has defined such infection as the boot-sector virus and their recommended solution is to reinstall the OS. However, if you still want your installed programs and stored files back, we Anvisoft Team provide you with an efficient solution to such computer security issues, and we have developed a practical tool-Anvi Rescue Disk to do with the most troublesome cases. Read on below.
To get rid of U.S Department of Home Security MoneyPak ransomware infection, please be patient and follow the removal instructions and options all the way up, if any question in the process, feel free to get technical support here.
Web cam control
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.
Most ransomware exploits Java or flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. In some cases denying or disabling flash on your system may suspend U.S Department of Homeland Security MoneyPak virus 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
2. Select the “Deny” radio option
3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).
How to Remove U.S Department of Homeland Security MoneyPak Virus(This Computer Has Been Blocked Ransomware Removal Guide)
Note! This tutorial is effective for all GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash and Paysafecard ransomware.
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
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.
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
Step 4> Follow all steps to restore or recover your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point), before infection.
Step 5> Download, install, update and runAnvi Smart Defender(http://www.anvisoft.com/software/asd/. Remove all threats detected and reboot your PC.
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.
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.
Now, you have bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.
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.
Locate your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file and then click Open button.
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.
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.
The keys F1, F8, F10, F12 might be used for some motherboards, as well as the following key
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.
Step> 5Now you are in the mini Operating system, please double click Rescue tool to start Anvi Rescue disk.
Step> 6 Make sure that your computer is connected to network connection before you run a scan on your computer. If you fail to connect your computer to Internet, please check the tutorial on network configuration in this article: Remove Ransomware using Anvi Rescue Disk-Network Troubleshooting Tips
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.
Step>8 Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threat by Anvi Rescue Disk.
Step> 9 Switch to Repair tab. Scan and fix the registry error with the “Repair” module of Anvi Rescue
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.
Please note, some ransomware infection variant is seriously persistent, so you are highly recommended to download the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender in the rescue disk menu when the scan and repair is finished just as shown in below picture:
In the prompt window, click Yes button to download and install Anvi Smart Defender and perform a full scan to ensure all possible files of the infection is removed.
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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