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How to Remove MoneyGram Virus? (Ransomware Removal Guide)

 

You have received a notification that claims you are suspected to distribute illegal materials through computer? And your PC has been blocked by the notification? If you met these mentioned problems brought by virus, please read the article to remove the virus step by step.

 

What is MoneyGram Virus

 

MoneyGram virus is a ransomware that stops you from entering your computer system and using computer applications by locking the desktop. PC screen is covered by an alert or a notification that looks like that sent by legal official institution or authority stating that some of your online activities have violated the related law, such as distributing pornographic content, using piratic videos and so on. Due to your violation, this so called legal agency (like FBI Cybercrime Division) blocks your desktop to ask you a fine of 300 dollars. In fact, it is totally a scam created by cyber criminals to steal your money. They attempt to play on innocent computer victims’ fear of violating law to trick them into paying a fine via MoneyGram code. Leading you to believe, cyber criminals may show you a fake video snapping what you do in your room to scare you into believing that you have done something illegal unconsciously. Actually, such video doesn’t exist. MoneyGram ransomware is an awful virus infection. Once discovering it, you should remove it immediately.

 

Notifications vary from locations. The following picture is a screenshot of MoneyGram virus:
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Do not pay a fine whenever you receive this kind of notifications.

 

Situation Possible to Occur When You Remove MoneyGram virus

 

The virus prevents you from entering into desktop and the computer system has been frozen.

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 beeb 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 MoneyGram virus depend on which variant the PC is infected. Also, some malicious files may be added to your computer and then bring you a series of troubles.
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How to Remove MoneyGram Virus

 

Option 1: If you found safe mode with command prompt is available, please restore your computer to get rid of MoneyGram virus.

Option 2: If you can’t restart your PC, please use Anvi Rescue Disk to remove MoneyGram virus.

 

Option 1: If you found safe mode with command prompt is available, please restore your computer to get rid of MoneyGram virus.

 

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”.

 

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3. Type “explorer” when the Command Prompt appears and press Enter.

 

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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.

 

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5. When such a window appears, click next.

 

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6. Choose a restore point from the list, then click next.

 

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Note: If there is no restore point in the list(removed by the virus), please disable the ransomware according to option 2.

 

7. At last click finish to complete the restore.

 

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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:

Download link:http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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Option 2: If you can’t restart your PC, please use Anvi Rescue Disk to remove MoneyGram 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.

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.Please close BootUsb.exe tool after you successfully burn the file to the USB drive when you get the following message.

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

 

——Alternative Option

 

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.

CD/DVD recorder

 

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

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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.

 

burn compiliation

 

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.

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

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.

Anvi Rescue disk language setting

 

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.

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

Connection established

 

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.

 

Anvi Rescue disk scan

 

3. Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threats detected by Anvi Rescue Disk.

Anvi Rescue disk fix now

 

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

 

Anvi Rescue disk repair

 

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 resuced from the evil claw of the ransomware infection. However, many professionally crafted ransomware variants have evolved to be very persistant, 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.

 

Download ASD in Rescue Disk

 

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 sytem, 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.

 

Good luck and be safe online. If any question, feel free to contact us for timely help by sending us your email below.