How to Remove Spamhaus Ransomware-"You have 48 hours left to enter your payment" (Ransomware Removal Guide)

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How to Remove Spamhaus Ransomware-"You have 48 hours left to enter your payment" (Ransomware Removal Guide)

Postby Sophia » 2013-04-16 21:03

A new type of ransomware titled Spamhaus exposes its face in cyber world these days and everyone should be aware of such nasty Spamhaus ransomware. Read for more in this post to follow the Spamhaus ransomware removal guide.

What is Spamhaus Rasnomware?

The cyber world is under the attack of a new ransomware these days, which is called Spamhaus. This is a fake Spamhaus warning, in fact. What is a real Spamhaus then? According to the information available, Spamhaus tracks the Internet’s spam senders and spam services, provides dependable realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks, and works with Law Enforcement to identify and pursue spammers worldwide. Spamhaus organization (called the Spamhaus Project Ltd.) is located in Geneva, Switzerland. Definitely, this organization is necessary in the online world today in order to stop spam from being distributed and to punish those responsible for such actions. It is surely regretful thing to know that hackers use the name of this decent Swiss organization for reaching their many evil goals and plots. So, they’ve invented a special desktop locker that completely disables your screen and puts a scary warning in front of you, which says this:


b]Spamhaus online agent v. 2.0.8[/b]
The Spamhaus project
Working to Protect Networks Wordwide
You have 48 hours left to enter your payment.
You have lost control over your computer. Your system and all your files has been blocked and encrypted because you were spreading the Malware (viruses, Trojans, worms). You are breaking numerous International and USA laws.

Spamhaus message "You have lost control over your computer. Your system and all your files has been blocked and encrypted because you were spreading the Malware (viruses, Trojans, worms). You are breaking numerous International and USA laws" is a scam. This message is a ransomware virus which is created by Cyber criminals to scare unsuspecting PC users into paying a non-existent fine of 300$ for supposedly made law violations. This deceptive message claims that PC user has to pay a fine for watching child pornography, using unlicensed software or having pirated audio and video files. Computer users should know that none of authorities or organizations (including Spamhaus) around the world are using such computer's screen blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations.
The name of Spamhaus is being exploited by Cyber criminals to make their deceptive message appear more legitimate and to trick more computer users into paying fake fines using MoneyPak. Such ransomware viruses are not new - Cyber criminals are actively creating and spreading such screen lockers. Some of most actively distributed ransomware viruses exploits the names of FBI Cybercrime Division and The United States Department of Justice. If you see a Spamhaus message asking you to pay a fine of 300$ in order to unblock one's computer you can be sure that your PC is infected with a ransomware virus - ignore this deceptive message and don't pay any fines.

How Is Spamhaus Ransomware Distributed?

Spamhaus "You have lost control over your computer" ransomware virus is being spread using exploit kits and Trojans which are capable of infiltrating user's computer using found security vulnerabilities. Most common source of exploit kits are infected email messages, malicious websites and drive-by downloads. To protect one's computer from Spamhaus ransomware virus or other infections one should always use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware program. Remember that keeping your operating system and all of the installed software (Java, Flash etc.) up-to-date can greatly reduce the risk of getting your PC infected with various malware. To remove Spamhaus ransomware virus use the provided removal guide.

Fake message presented in Spamhaus "Computer Blocked" MoneyPak virus:
Working to protect Internet Networks Worldwide
Spamhaus tracks the Internet's spam senders and spam services, provides dependable real-time anti-spam protection for Internet networks, and works with Law Enforcement to identify and pursue spammers worldwide.
XBL Advisory
GreenDot MoneyPak is very unique payment system in the United States. You will not be required to enter any of your personal information (not even your first or last name) or any information which can compromise you.
Pin number is located on the back of the MoneyPak card. You have to carefully scratch of the protection layer.
You have 48 hours left to enter your payment.
You have lost control over your computer. Your system and all your files has been blocked and encrypted because you were spreading the Malware (viruses, Trojans, worms). You are breaking numerous International and USA laws.
Actions made by your computer backed up under United States law USA Patriot ACT What exactly is The Patriot Act? The Patriot Act is short for The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. We have the right backed by law: Sec. 20/. Authority to intercept wire, oral, and electronic communications relating to terrorism. Sec. 202. Authority to intercept wire, oral, and electronic communications relating to computer fraud and abuse offences. Sec. 209. Seizure of voice-mail messages pursuant to warrants. Sec. 227. Interception of computer trespasser communications. With the support of the federal Bureau investigation department on cybercrime and the Supreme court of the United States of America. We have the legal right to scan and intercept any information going in and out of your computers.
You IP address ( was identified and isolated by our organisation in connection with a complaint to the involvement of distributed denial of service (DDaS) attack such organisations: NASDAQ and BATSS stock exchange markets and WIKILEAKS.ORG website. Such attacks caused $15 billions in damage. In order to isolate this infected files we have blocked your access to the outside world and your OP address was listed in our XBL Block List. You can not use the in ferret or any of your programs. You have a chance to settle this issue right now before we contact the proper authorities. Within 48 hours, you can pay afire of $ 300. All your files will be decrypted, and access to the computer will be granted, a claim for compensation from affected from affected companies will be removed and your IP ( address will be restored to good standings with XBL Block List. If you don't pay a penalty within the next 48 hours, local authorities and secret service will be contacted, and most likely it will result in your arrest. You can and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in order to recover our lasses. Do not take a chance to be convicted as a felon.
Our Spamhaus agent has conducted a full check of your system and found following violations: • You are a distributor of pornography and porno materials, regularly watch porno sites with child pornography and zoophilia. • You possess unlicensed software and pirated audio and video records.

18 U.S.C. § 2252- Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors (Possession, distribution pornography and possession, distribution of child pornography). 18 U.S.C. § 2252A- certain activities relating to material constituting or containing pornography, child pornography. Federal law prohibits the production, distribution, reception, and possession of an image of child pornography using or affecting any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce (See 18 U.S.C. § 2251; 18 U.S.C. § 2252; 18 U.S.C. § 2252A). Specifically, Section 2251 makes it illegal to persuade, induce, entice, or coerce a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for purposes of producing visual depictions of that conduct. Any individual who attempts or conspires to commit a child pornography offence is also subject to prosecution under Federal law. Any violation of federal pornography or child pornography law is a serious crime, and convicted offenders face severe statutory penalties. 18 U.S.C. § 2251, face fines and a statutory minimum of 15 years to 30 years maximum in prison.
Criminal Copyright Infringement-17 U.S.C. § 506(a) and 18 U.S.C. § 2319. The unauthorised reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
Once we receive your payment and our operators check it for authenticity, your computer will be completely unlocked and decryption software developed by our firm will be provided. You will be able to resume your normal day to day operations without any interruption.
Take better care of your computer in the future. Don't forget to update your web browser using Windows Updating Center.

Never trust such a fake alert that appears on the lock screen. And under no circumstances should you pay any Moneypak code to cyber criminals behind. If you unfortunately encounter such an infection on your computer, just rest your worries and follow below removal instructions to get rid of it completely. If any question in the process, please feel free to get in touch for help.

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, An Garda Síochána. Ireland’s National Police Service 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, U.S. Department of Homeland Security MoneyPak Virus, FBI System Failure Lock Screen, Hadopi Ransomware, Policía Nacional de Uruguay virus, SPAUTORES virus, POLITIE Belgique Police Fédérale "Votre ordinateur est bloqué" Ukash scam, Ured Za Posebne Poslove Sigurnosti ransomware, Polizia Penitenziaria Virus (Italy), Komenda Główna Policji Ukash virus (Paysafecard Scam), Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğü Ukash Virus, Latvijas Valsts Policija Ukash Virus, Αστυνομία Κύπρου Ukash Virus, Federal Computer Crime Unit Virus, Cheshire Police Authority Virus, Police Rendőrség virus, Bundeskriminalamt virus, Policia Boliviana virus, Policia Federal Mexico Virus, Lebanese Internal Security Forces Virus, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ virus, Public Security Directorate virus, etc.

Symptoms of Spamhaus 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 Spamhaus 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 this Spamhaus lock screen and its malicious residing files, please follow below removal instructiosn. If any questions in the process, please feel free to contact us for help. Good luck and be safe online.

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.

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 Spamhaus 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 Spamhaus Virus(Ransomware Removal Guide)

Note! This tutorial is effective for all GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash, CashU 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( 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:

    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.

    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.


    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

    • 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.


    Step 5>Now 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.

    Step10> 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 the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender and perform a full scan to ensure all possible files of the infection is removed.

    If any questions, please feel free to contact us for help.

    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:

Recommended: It is necessary to clean up system files after virus removal in order to return a well-running computer OS. As for such, you can take all advantages of the system cleaner/optimizer Cloud System Booster, in order to ensure all invalid registry entires or leftovers of the infection are removed. A nice try of Cloud System Booster with the safely direct download it here:


Protect Your Computer from Spamhaus Virus and Similar Ransomware Attacks

You can keep the Anvi Smart Defender onto your computer for an extra layer of online safety. The Anvi Smart Defender antimalware is focused on malware detecting, removing and preventing and its attached database is automatically updated on daily basis to ensure our user are protected from the emerging malware threats of all kinds, let alone the smart engine for light smart defending strategies. Get it now.

Basically, you should just turn on the security settings of your browser in order to better secure your online activities. See detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Google Chrome.

Good luck and be safe online.
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