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How to Remove Department of Justice Virus? ($300 Scam)

 

You are seeing a lockscreen notification pretending to be from the Department of Justice? It says you have to pay a fine to regain access to your computer or you will be accused? If this is the case, then your computer is infected by a computer virus categorized as ransomware. Read on and learn how to get rid of this virus.

Main content of this article:

What Is Department of Justice Virus?
The symptoms of being infected by Department of Justice virus
How to Remove Department of Justice Virus?
How Does Department of Justice Virus Infect a Computer?
Ransomware prevent tips
 

 

What Is Department of Justice Virus?

 

 

Department of Justice virus, also referred to as the United States Department of Justice virus, is categorized as lockscreen ransomware that scam and threaten infected computer users to pay a non-existent fine of $300 to cybercriminal. This kind of ransomware works alike—blocks you out of the Windows operating system and all the applications on your computer by displaying a full screen fake notification pretending to be from the local authorities and asks for a fine to regain access.

Screenshot of the bogus notification by Department of Justice virus:

Department of Justice virus

 

The symptoms of being infected by Department of Justice virus:

 

Ⅰ. Department of Justice virus will block you out of the Windows operating system and all the applications on your computer.

Ⅱ. You get the lock screen notification titled with “Your Computer Has Been Blocked” instead whenever you try to boot your computer into Windows operating system or Safe Mode.

Ⅲ. In the fake notification, it claims that illegal online activities have been detected on your computer, so you have to pay a none-existent fine of $300 via MoneyPak vouchers within 48 hours to unlock your computer, otherwise you will be charged.

Part of the message displayed in the fake notification:

Your 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 274 – Copyright
A fine or imprisonment for the term of up to 4 years. (The use or shanng of copyrighted files-movies, software)
Article 183 – Pornography
A fine or imprisonment for the term of up to 2 years (The use or distribution of pornographic Nes)
Article 184- Pornography involving children (under 18 years)
Imprisonment for the term of up to 15 years (The use or distribution of pornographic files)
Article 104- Promoting Terrorism
Imprisonment for the term of up to 15 years (You have visited websites of terrorist organization)
Article 297 – Neglect computer use, entailing serious consequences
A fine or imprisonment for the term of up to 2 years (Your computer has been infected with a virus, which, in turn, Infected other computers)
In connection with the decision of the Government as of August 12, all of the violations described above could be considered as conditional in case of payment of a fine.
Amount of the fine is $200. Payment must be made within 24 hours after the discovery of the violation. If the fine has not been paid, you will become the subject of criminal prosecution.
After paying the fine your computer will be unblocked

Ⅳ. To make the notification more authentic, it managed to gain access to your webcam and trick the user into thinking they are under surveillance.

Ⅴ.Even you are lucky enough to restart your computer to Safe Mode successfully, you may find that all the restore points are deleted.

Even if it exploits the name and logo of the United States Department of Justice, you should be aware that it is a scam and this bogus notification has nothing to do with this authority. You should never pay the ransom as it requested, for the cyber criminals will not unlock your computer even you pay the money. On the contrary, this may put your personal information and credit card information at risk.

 

Removal Guide for Other Prevailing  Ransomware Infections:

FBI MoneyPak VirusNSA Internet Surveillance Program VirusComputer Crime Prosecution Section virus

Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) virusUnited States Cyber Security virusMinistry of Public Safety Canada virus

Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security virusWhite Screen VirusRoyal Canadian Mounted Police Virus,

U.S. Department of Homeland Security RansomwareREloadit VirusPolice Central e-crime Unit Virus,

FBI Cybercrime Division VirusYour Computer Has Been Locked RansomwareICE Cyber Crimes Center Virus
 

 

How to Remove Department of Justice Virus? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                           

Deny Flash

Some variants of ransomware exploit Java or Flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. The symptoms of the infection may be suspended by denying flash. Then you can navigate through the infected system. If this step is not necessary for the removal, then skip to the next step.

To deny/disable flash:
Visit http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html → select the Deny radio option

                                                                                                           

Removal option 1—Restore the Operating System Through Safe Mode with Command Prompt

(Under the case that you can boot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt and the system restore points haven’t been deleted, you may try this option to get rid of this ransomware.)

 

Removal option 2—Remove Department of Justice Virus Using Anvi Rescue Disk

(If the system restore points are deleted or you can’t boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt, you may try this option.)

                                                                                                           

 

 

Option 1—Restore the Operating System Through Safe Mode with Command Prompt

 

System Restore will bring your computer operating system back to a point before you get infected by Department of Justice virus.

 

 

Step 1 Boot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

 

1. Turn off your computer and then back on.

 

2. During the start, tap F8 key repeatedly till you are brought to the Windows Advanced Options Menu.

 

3. Use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Command Prompt and then press Enter.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

If you fail to boot the infected computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt, you may go to How to Boot Windows into Safe Mode for tutorials.

 

 

Step 2 Restore your computer to a restore point

 

1. Once the Command Prompt window comes out, quickly type “explorer” and hit Enter.

If you fail to do so in a few seconds, the ransomware will not allow you to type any more. You should restart the computer to the Safe Mode with Command Prompt and repeat the process.

system restore 1

 

2. Next, type rstrui and press Enter to launch System Restore

4

 

Or, close the Command Prompt window, then locate the file rstrui.exe and press Enter to launch System Restore.

The location of the file:

Windows XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

Windows 7/Vista: C:\windows\system 32\rstrui.exe

rstrui.exe file

 

3. Follow all the steps to restore your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point) before the infection.

Please note that some professionally crafted ransomware variants will delete all your system backup, so you can’t execute system restore. If that is the case, follow Option 2 to get rid of this nasty computer virus.

 

 

Step 3 Scan and remove malicious files with Anvi Smart Defender

 

After restore the Windows operating system, you need to run a system can to make sure that there is no malware or malicious files on your computer and to prevent Department of Justice virus from reanimating.

 

1. Run a computer scan with Anvi Smart Defender and remove the infected files.

Anvi Smart Defender direct download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Anvi Smart Defender purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php

Download and install Anvi Smart Defender → run Anvi Smart Defender → switch to Scan tab → run a Full Scan

Anvi Smart Defender-1

 

2. Boot your computer into normal mode and run a system scan again to make sure all the infected files were removed.
 

 

Option 2—Remove Department of Justice Virus Using Anvi Rescue Disk

 

You can follow the instructions in the following video to get rid of Department of Justice virus by using Anvi Rescue Disk.

 

Or, you can follow the following step by step instruction.

 

 

Step 1 Use a clean computer to download Anvi Rescue Disk files

 

Download the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image file Rescue.iso and the USB disk production tool BootUsb.exe from Anvisoft official site.

Direct download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/rsd/

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.

1. Connect USB to the computer.

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

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

USB burning

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

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

5. Close BootUsb.exe tool when you get the following message.

congratulations

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

 

Alternative Option-Record the iso Image to a CD/DVD

Any CD/DVD record software is fine for burn iso image. If you don’t have one, you can download and install Nero Burning ROM and ImgBurn. Here we will use Nero Burning ROM for demonstration purpose.

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

CD/DVD recorder

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

3. 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 Configure your computer to boot from USB drive/CD/DVD

 

Restart your infected computer and configure your computer to boot from USB drive/CD/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.

boot menu instruction

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

 

 

Step 4 Boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk

 

1. Restart your computer and press any key to load Anvi Rescue Disk.

2. After you enter Anvisoft Rescue Disk menu, please selected your preferred language and press Enter to continue.

Anvi Rescue disk language setting

 

 

Step 5 Scan and remove malicious files and repair registry errors

 

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

Anvi Rescue Disk

 

2. Make sure that your computer is connected to network connection before you run a scan on your computer. You can go to Network Troubleshooting Tips for Ransomware Removal using Anvi Rescue Disk for tutorial.

Internet connection

 

3. Run a full scan by clicking the “Scan Computer” button in the middle of the program to detect and kill the PC lockup virus.

Anvi Rescue disk scan

 

4. Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threat by Anvi Rescue Disk.

Anvi Rescue disk fix now

 

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

Anvi Rescue disk repair

Important Note: 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 6 Scan and remove persistent residual files with Anvi Smart Defender

 

Some ransomware variants are incredibly persistent, so you are highly recommended to download the antimalware promgram Anvi Smart Defender to remove all the detected threats as prompted.

Download-ASD-in-Rescue-Disk

After download, please restart your computer to normal Windows mode and then go to the folder: C:\Users\[username]\Downloads.

Or you can download it from this direct download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html when you boot your computer to normal Windows mode.

1. Double click asdsetup.exe file to install Anvi Smart Defender, then switch to Scan tab to perform a Full Scan.

Anvi Smart Defender-2

 

2. When scan finished you can click on view details to check the threats have been detected.

ASD-Viewdetails

Anvi Smart Defender-scan resulte

 

3. Click on Remove button to delete all the threats have been detected.

 

Now your computer should be free from the infection of Department of Justice virus. If you have any question concerning the removal of this virus, please feel free to contact us by sending us your email.
 

 

How Does Department of Justice Virus Infect a Computer?

 

Department of Justice virus can infect a computer in various ways. In most instances, it is performed via drive-by download or Trojan horse that are placed on malicious or compromised websites. When you visit such websites, it will be downloaded automatically and then exploits the vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system or the applications on your computer to get itself installed.

Cyber criminals use spam emails to distribute Department of Justice virus, too. Usually, the infected attachments containing in such emails are the executable program for Department of Justice virus. The links in such emails leads you to the malicious or compromised websites mentioned above.

 

Prevention tips:

 

1. Keep the Windows operating system and all the software on your computer up-to-date, and patch the system vulnerabilities timely when prompted.

 

2. Protect your computer with up-to-date security software. Working along with your installed antivirus solution, antimalware program, Anvi Smart Defender, can provide an additional layer of protection to your computer. The Full Guard function puts your computer under real-time protection and keeps you away from malware and malicious websites.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Anvi Smart Defender purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php

 

3. Be careful when surfing the Internet and keep an eye on the links and pop-ups before you click on them. You are strongly recommended to turn on the security feature of IE, Firefox and Chrome. Or, you may make use of Anvi Ad Blocker to create a clean online environment. It is available for free if you are an Anvi Smart Defender pro version user.

Anvi Ad Blocker trial download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (Expire in 15 days)

Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php

 

4. Don’t click on links or open attachments from untrusted sources.

 

5. Apart from the above aspects, you’d better regularly perform a backup of your important files. If you don’t know how to backup files, please look for instructions in Back up your files

 

For more detailed information on how to prevent from being infected by ransomware please browse this post: What Is Ransomware –How to Prevent