One of malicious scams around at the moment and something we all need to be aware of is FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus which can not only have a financial impact upon you but can have a devastating effect on your PC.
This article is aimed at analyzing the virus and coming up with an effective removal method. Read more.
Lock Screen and FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak Virus
The notification “Your computer has been blocked” has blocked your desktop? You are alerted by it that your online activities have violated the related law and must pay a penalty of $400 to settle your violations and unlock your PC. With the name of authority Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), it looks like that authentic. But the truth is that it is totally a scam created by cyber criminals and realized by FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus.
Screenshot s of FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak fake notification
—–About FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak Virus
FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus has been attacking users from the United States recently. Disguising as the legal department the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), it makes a fake notification claiming that you are suspected of breaking the law of cyberspace (the distribution of pornographic material, SPAM and copyrighted content, etc. ) and demands you a non-existing fine of 400 USD paid in the form of a GreenDot MoneyPak payment. Meanwhile you are limited to pay the fine with 48 hours. Once the payment over time, you will be sued and your PC will remain be unlocked.
☆ In fact, authorities over the world including Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) will never ask a penalty by the way of locking users’ screen to stop them from getting into their OS. By using the words of fraud and intimidation, FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus does trick many of unsuspicious victims to pay the money to the cyber criminals. Don’t believe any of its alerts and fake messages, just remove this ransomware immediately.
Part of Bogus messages presented by FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus
FBI Anti-Piracy Warning All activity of this computer has been recorded. If you use a webcam, videos and pictures were saved for future identifications.
Your Computer has been locked!
Illegal downloaded material (MP3’s, Movies or Software) has been located on your computer.
Unlock your computer:
To unlock your computer and yo avoid other legal consequences you are obligated to pay a fine of $400. Payment of the fine is done by GreenDot MoneyPak payment voucher. After payment is made your computer will be unlocked and legal actions will not be taken.
Failure to comply with FBI Anti-Piracy warnings could result in criminal charges and possible imprisonment up to 3 years in country jail.
The main way FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus infects your computers
Through using exploit kits, FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus infiltrates users PC via found software security vulnerabilities. The exploit kits of FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak mainly intrude your PC by these several means below.
▲ Some malicious websites and legal websites that have been compromised as well as malicious links, attachments in spam emails may contain the exploit kits of FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus. When you click on them, FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak Virus may be downloaded surreptitiously.
▲ You may be convinced that certain free software which may include malware is very useful for you. After your download and install it, the malicious exploit kits of FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus may also be installed on your PC packaged with the free software.
▲ Your PC may also be captured by the exploit kits of FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus via peer-to-peer file sharing websites which may carry some malware and virus.
About the Potentially Threats of FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak Virus
The most obvious danger of infecting this virus is that your computer screen is locked according to its claim that your illegal internet activities and you’re required to pay a fine to unlock your PC. Remember it is a scam, and the notification is a fake massage.
Furthermore, the cyber criminals may steal your credit card password, identity data, etc, so as to make you fall into the prey of the cybercrimes.
In order to avoid being detected by anti-malware software in the computer, FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak virus will use Trojan horses to get a remote control of the computer, which may arouse some terrible results. So this virus cannot be detected by the most of your anti-malware.
Situation Possible to Occur When You Remove FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak Virus
The virus prevents you from entering into desktop and the computer system has been frozen. It has different variants that bring you a series of troubles.
Sometimes, you can restore your computer system in safe mode with command prompt;
Sometimes, you can’t find any restore points in the list causing they have been removed by the virus;
And sometimes, you cannot restart your PC causing the screen will be locked again after a several seconds.
Situations you may meet when you remove the virus depend on which variant the PC is infected. Also, some malicious files may be added to your computer and then bring you bad consequences.
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Before removing FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak Virus, you can attempt to take the following operation to help you remove this ransomware easier.
Deny Flash(optional )
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 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
How to Remove FBI Anti-Piracy Warning MoneyPak Virus
Case 1: If you can get into the safe mode with command prompt, remove the ransomware by restoring your system.
Case 2: If you aren’t able to restart your PC or the restore points have been removed by the virus, get rid of the virus via Anvi Rescue Disk.
Method for case 1: Restore your PC in safe mode with command prompt.
Step 1> Restore computer in safe mode with command prompt
1. Restart your computer.
2. Repeatedly press F8 upon the opening of the boot menu to enter Windows in “Safe Mode with Command Prompt”.
Note: In some cases during infections of malware and viruses you only have 2-3 seconds to do this. In other cases if it doesn’t work during the given seconds, viruses such as the FBI MoneyPak ransomware virus will not allow you to type “explorer” anymore.
4. Once Windows Explorer shows up browse Win XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe or Win Vista/Seven: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe, then press Enter.
5. When such a window appears, click next.
6. Choose a restore point from the list, then click next.
7. At last click finish to complete the restore.
8. Restart your PC to normal mode.
Step 2> Remove malicious files from your PC through Anvi Smart Defender
1. Install Anvi Smart Defender
Download and install the paid or free version of Anvi Smart Defender
Anti-malware software from the links below:
2. Click quick or full scan
After you install the program, please open it, and switch to Scan tab, perform quick or full scan to eliminate malware infections and any possible unwanted program.
3. Remove malicious files form your computer
Once the scan is over, Anvi Smart Defender
will display the scan results. Click on Remove button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.
Step 3>Remove residual junk files, invalid registry entries form your computer via Cloud System Booster
There may exist some residual junk files and invalid registry entries, other related potentially unwanted programs in your computer system. Thus, Cloud System Booster is required to clean up them and to save your disk space so that as to increase running speed of your computer.
1. Download and install the paid or free version of Cloud System Booster system maintenance & optimizer software.
Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
2. After you install the program, please open it, click on BOOST button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.
3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clean button there to remove these junk files, invaild registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.
Option 2: If you can’t restart your PC, please use Anvi Rescue Disk to remove the virus.
Below is a video of ransomware removal using Anvi Rescue Disk iso for your reference.
Step 1> Download the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image file
Download the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image file Rescue.iso and the USB disk production tool BootUsb.exe from Anvisoft official site. (Both are packaged in the file offered to download below.)
Please kindly note that Rescue.iso is a large file to download; please be patient while it downloads.
Step 2> Record the 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.
To record the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to USB drive:
1. Firstly find a clean computer with correct internet connection and then connect your USB driver to the clean computer. You’d better backup your important data and format your USB drive before using 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 browser into your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file.
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.Please close BootUsb.exe tool after you successfully burn the file to the USB drive when you get the 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.
1. Locate your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file and then click Open button.
2. 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 infected computer to boot from the USB drive/DV/DVD
Restart your infected computer and configure it 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 on 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 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 Boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk.
After that let’s boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk.
1. 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
2. please selected your preferred language and press Enter to continue.
Step> 5 Run the Anvi Rescue Disk to scan and repair.
1. Now you are in the mini Operating system, please double-click Rescue tool to start Anvi Rescue disk.
Important note: 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: Network Troubleshooting Tips for Ransomware Removal Using Anvi Rescue Disk
2. 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.
3. Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threats detected by Anvi Rescue Disk.
4. Switch to Repair tab. Scan and fix the registry error with the “Repair” module of Anvi Rescue Disk.
Important Notice: You must repair the registry error after kill the virus. Otherwise, you would be disabled to boot your Windows without fixing registry damaged by the virus.
Step>6 Download Anvi Smart Defender
antimalware to ensure a clean computer.
After the repair, your computer should be clean and rescued from the evil claw of the ransomware infection. However, many professionally crafted ransomware variants have evolved to be very persistent, that is to say, harder to remove, so you are highly recommended to download the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender
by clicking Yes button on the prompted window to fulfill the download.
After the download, please restart your computer to normal Windows mode and then go to the folder: C:\Users\[username]\Downloads
Find the downloaded file asdsetup.exe and double click its file to install it and then start it to perform a full scan on your computer system, in order to ensure the computer is clean from any associated infections or leftovers.
After the scan, remove any detected infections and then you can have a clean computer now.
If you are still feel difficult to use Anvi Resue Disk, please read How to Remove Ransomware Using Anvi Rescue Disk
Good luck and be safe online. If any question, feel free to contact us for timely help by sending us your email below.