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How to Remove International Cyber Security Protection Alliance virus? (ICSPA Scam)

 

A notification titled International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA virus) claiming your online activities are involved with delinquency locked your PC desktop? If you met such problem, it means that your PC has been infected by International Cyber Security Protection Alliance virus.

 

What is International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus

 

International Cyber Security Protection Alliance virus is a ransomware targeting many parts of area, such as the United States, the UK, Canada, and Australia, etc. This ransomware disguises as legal enforcement agency of a country (FBI Cybercrime Division, United Kingdom Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, etc.) to warn you that you are suspected of watching or propagating pornographic materials, illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, etc. Then, the virus uses this notification to block your screen and threats you that you must pay a fine via Ukash MoneyPak, Ukash or Paysafecard code within 72 hours to unlock your desktop. Or your will be arrested by police and the screen will keep being locked. In order to make more users believe the scam, the cyber criminals behind this ransomware even add fake video window to bogus notifications to scare you that they have record your illegal actions in your room. Actually, this video is fake and non-existing. Their ultimate purpose is to steal innocent computer victims’ money.

Version of the fake notification sent by International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus depends on where you are. In different countries, fake notification’s language and background are unlike. Below are fake alerts in three nations and a new version of ICSPA virus found recently.

 

Screenshot of fake notification in the United States
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Screenshot of fake notification in the UK
ICSPA-virus

 

Screenshot of fake notification in Canada
ICPSA-Ukash-virus

 

A new version of ICSPA virus found recently
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Whenever you receive this type of notifications, do not pay a fine as its requirement and igoner all warnings. it just a scam. What you should do is to remove the virus immediately.

 

A fake message from ICSPA virus

 

FBI CYBERCRIME DIVISION
International Cyber Security Protection Alliance
ATTENTION! Your PC is blocked due at least one of the reasons specified below.
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law. (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section 2, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America.
Article 1, Section 2, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 200 to 500 minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophilia and etc). Thus violating Article 2, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Criminal Code of United States of America.
Article 2, Section I, Clause 2 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 12 years.
Illegal access to computer data has been initiated from your PC, or you have been…
Article 2, Section 1, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to 5200,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 9 years.
Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law On Neglectful Use of Personal Computer.
Article 2, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to 5200,000 and/or deprivation of liberty for 4 to 9 years.
Spam distribution or other unlawful advertising has been effected from your PC as a profit-seeking activity or without your knowledge, your PC may be infected by malware.
Article 2, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to 5500,000 and a deprivation of liberty of up to 6 years. In case this activity has been effected without your knowledge, you fall under the above mentioned Article 2, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Criminal Code of United States of America.
Your personality and address are currently being identified, a criminal case is going to be initiated against you under one or more articles specified above within the next 72 hours.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of United States of America of February 05, 2013, this law infringement (if it is not repeated – first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine to the State.
Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next 72 hours! To unblock the computer you must pay the fine through MoneyPak of $300. When you pay the fine, your PC will get unlocked in 1 to 72 hours after the money is put into the State’s account.
Since your PC is unlocked, you will be given 7 days to correct all violations.
In case all violations are not corrected after 7 working days, your PC will be blocked again, and a criminal case will be initiated against you automatically under one or more articles specified above.

Precautions

 

Avoid opening unknown, unwanted websites or links, attachments in spam emails, causing they may carry this virus and other malicious programs.

Avoid downloading free software from unknown websites, especially peer-to-peer file sharing websites. Cyber criminals may convince you that the software is useful for you. However, virus or malware may be packaged with the free software to install on your PC.

Install antimalware software to prevent your PC from the attack of ransomware and other malware.

Recommended: Anvi Smart Defender

Download link:http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

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How to Remove International Cyber Security Protection Alliance 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”.

 

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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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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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.