A lock screen from FBI stating “Your Computer Has Been Locked” blocks your access to windows system? And you are doubt and fear what the lock screen says? Don’t be panic. You PC has been infected by FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” virus. Read this article and follow the effective removal instruction step by step to get rid of this malicious virus immediately and entirely.
About FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” Virus
FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” virus is identified as ransomware. Under the guise of FBI ( Federal Bureau of Investigation ), it tricks innocent computer victims into believing them have violated the law of the United States so as to lead them to pay a fine to cyber criminals willingly.
Your desktop will be blocked by a fake notification full with frightening content once infected by this ransomware:
First, this false notification will display all your illegal behavior online one by one including downloading and distributing illegal content, viewing and distributing pornographic video, etc, and scare you that you will face a few years’ imprisonment.
Second, to make the bogus notification to be more authentic, it exposes your IP address. Moreover, by displaying a fake webcam on the notification, it creates a false impression that it has been monitoring what you do online and in your room. Below is the screenshot of fake webcam.
At last, it will ask you to pay a certain amount of fine via MoneyPak code (you can buy this code in many large supermarket in the US, such as Wal-Mart and 7 eleven) to unlock your computer and release the risk of being accused by your local legal department. Or your PC will remain being locked and you will be sued.
Do not believe what the unreal notification says. There is no such a fine required to pay for your illegal acts online and also FBI and other authorities will never collect a fine by blocking your PC screen. Besides, you should know that your IP address is easy to get for cyber criminals. And they exploit your IP address and fake webcam to frighten more unsuspecting users to pay the fine to them. It is just a scam to help cyber criminals generates revenue.
Characteristic of FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” Notification
The version of FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” notification varies from the ramsonware’s variants and also cyber criminals often update it.
The fake notification of FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” presents the icon of FBI. Some versions of this false notification marks FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and its icon while some only has the FBI icon. Furthermore, this fake notification is with eye-catching note: Your Computer has been locked! Typically, its payment is MoneyPak.
Icon of FBI
Below displays the screenshots of FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” virus:
Fake message from FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” virus
All activity of this computer has been recorded. If you use a web cam videos and pictures were saved for identification. You can be clearly identified by resolving your IP address and the associated host name. Illegally downloaded material (MP3’s, Movies or Software) has been located on your computer. By downloading those were reproduced, thereby involving a criminal offense under Section 100 of the Copyright Act. The downloading of copyrighted material via the Internet or music sharing networks is illegal and is in accordance with Section 100 of the Copyright Act subject to a fine or imprisonment for a penalty of up to 3 years.
Furthermore, possession of illegally downloaded material is punishable under Section 184 paragraph 3 of the Criminal Code and may also leed to the confiscation of the computer, with which the files were downloaded.
To unblock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences you are obligated to pay a release fee of $200 Payable through GreenDot MoneyPak. After successful payment your computer will automatically unlock. Failure to adhere to this request could involve criminal charges and possible imprisonment.
How Does FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” 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 “Your Computer Has Been Locked” Virus. When you click on them, FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” 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 “Your Computer Has Been Locked” Virus may also be installed on your PC packaged with the free software.
Situation 3: Your PC may also be captured by FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” 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 “Your Computer Has Been Locked” 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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How to Remove FBI “Your Computer Has Been Locked” 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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