Is your PC locked by a notification from FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) with a title like below?
The FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
All activities of this computer has been recorded
It claims that your online activities have violated law and asks you to pay a fine to your State for your criminal action?
All symptoms mentioned above are caused by FBI “System Failure” virus. You need to remove it immediately once discover it. Below we will demonstrate you the correct removal steps to help you get rid of it completely and permanently.
About FBI “System Failure” Virus
FBI “System Failure” virus, also called FBI Reloadit Pack Virus, belongs to the category of ransomware which is created to attack computer users in the United States and other countries. It pretends to be FBI to encrypt your PC files and block your desktop with a full-screen notification stating your illegal online activities, such as watching or propagating pornographic materials, illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, etc. Then, it will ask you to pay a release fine of $300 via REloadit, MoneyPark code or other payment service within 24 hours to unlock the screen, or a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next 24 hours. It is completely a scam designed cyber criminals to steal your money. Do not believe it and give your money. FBI will never require you to pay a release fine by locking screen. Ignore any of its threats, including the fake video claiming it has recorded what you do in your room or all activities of your computer.
Cyber criminals will always update the vertion of notifications. And the langue , appearance of notifications are depended on locations. if you are in the United States, the languge is English and there will be a flag of American in the alert.
Screenshots of FBI “System Failure” Virus below:
Fake message presented in FBI “System Failure” Virus:
The FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
All activities of this computer has been recorded
THE WORK OF YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN SUSPENDED ON THE GROUNDS OF THE VIOLATION OF THE LAW OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Your Internet Service Provider in cooperation with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) monitors and takes actions against illegal and offensive content on the Internet. It acts against private usage of websites, newsgroups and online groups that:
– contain images of child abuse, originating anywhere in the world.
– contain adult material that potentially breaches the Obscene Publication Act in the US.
– storing or distributing of the multimedia files with copyright violation.
You have been subjected to violation of Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted contents, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of the United States of America, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or deprivation of liberty for two to eight years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic contents: (Child Porno photos were found in Temporary Internet Files). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the United States of America, Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected my malware, thus you are violating the law of Neglectful Use of Personal Computer, Article 210 of the Criminal Codes provides for a fine of up to $100,000 and/or deprivation of liberty for four to nine years.
Pursuant to the amendment to Criminal Code of the `United States of America of May 28, 2011, this law infringement may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine of the States.
Do not pay a fine whenever you receive this kind of notifications.
Trojan Uremtoo and FBI “System Failure” Virus
It is actually a Trojan called Uremtoo infecting your PC, adding malicious files to computer to lock your desktop. Causing FBI “System Failure” virus and other Trojan virus like Reventon will generate different fake notifications and these Trojan virus have various variants, it’s too difficult and complicated for us to distinguidh which kind of Trojan virus infection a screen locker belongs to just according to its notification. Thus, it is hard to know the name of a screen locker. We always named a screen blocker by its payment methods like MoneyPak, Ukash or Paysafecard virus; or the related state or local law enforcement department it disguises. Here, the title of the fake notification is “System failure” and it exploits the name of FBI, so we call it FBI “System failure” virus.
How Does FBI “System Failure” Virus Infect Computer
Situation 1: Some malicious websites and legal websites that have been compromised as well as malicious links, attachments in spam emails may contain FBI “System failure” Virus. When you click on them, FBI “System failure” Virus may be downloaded surreptitiously.
Situation 2: You may be convinced that certain free software which may include malware is very useful for you. After your download and install it, malicious program FBI “System failure” Virus may also be installed on your PC packaged with the free software.
Situation 3: Your PC may also be captured by FBI “System failure” Virus via peer-to-peer file sharing websites which may carry some malware and virus.
Avoid opening unknown, unwanted websites or links, attachments in spam emails.
Avoid downloading free software from unknown websites, especially peer-to-peer file sharing websites.
Install antimalware software to prevent your PC from the attack of ransomware and other malware.
Recommended: Anvi Smart Defender
Situation Possible to Occur When You Remove FBI “System Failure” 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.
The similar ransomware removal guides are offered below, if your PC is infected by one of the following virus, please click on it to see the specific removal steps.
Cheshire Police Authority Virus, International Cyber Security Protection Alliance virus, Politie Office Central Ukash Virus, Spamhaus MoneyPak Virus, Joint Chiefs of Staff MoneyPak Virus, MoneyGram Virus, FBI “Ihr Computer wurde gesperrt und alle Daten verschlüsselt wurden!” Virus, Europol Interpol Paysafecard Virus, FBI “Uw computer is vergrendeld en alle gegevens zijn versleuteld!” Virus, CCIPS Moneypak Ransomware, Decrypt Protect-MBL Block Off Virus, United States Department of Justice MoneyPak Virus, CashU Virus.
How to Remove FBI “System Failure” Virus
(Tips for removing the 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 isofor 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.)
Direct download link: http://download.anvisoft.com/software/rescuedisk.zip
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 isoimage 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 isoimage 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 isoimage 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.
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