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Remove Computer Blocked by US Government Firewall Virus (Website Blocked Ransomware Removal Guide)

Computer blocked or website blocked by the Firewall of the United States, the ICE Homeland Security Investigations for a fine instructed to be paid via Greendot Moneypak? This article details on this computer blocked by US Government Firewall virus to help you get rid of this nasty computer blocked virus infection.

 

What is Computer Blocked by US Government Firewall Virus? 

Computer blocked by US Government Firewall virus is a piece of computer malware infection, classified as ransomware. Similar to most nasty ransomware infections, this infection seaks to attack weak Windows system with potential vulnerabilities and use trojans to block the entire OS with a full screen fake alert. Pretending from US Governments, the Firewall of the United States and the ICE Homeland Security Investigation, this screen locker tries to scare users into believing that their computer has been blocked because they have performed some illegal activities online, such as using or distributing some copyrighted materials, which they actually never do before. By this way, this ransomware asks a fine of $300 to unlock the PC. Of course, this fine is fake.

 

To make the lock screen more authentic and scary, it elaborates the law articles related and claims that it takes control of the victim user’s web cam. However, when the lock has nothing to do with any law enforcement agency, how could these threatening words be trustful?

Below is the image of this Computer Blocked by US Government Firewall virus screen locker.

 us-govt-firewall

 

The scam text of this ransomware fake alert reads:

THE FIREWALL OF THE UNITED STATES
COMPUTER BLOCKED
This computer has been blocked to Americans by the US Government Firewall

Illegally downloaded material
(audio, videos or software)
has been located on your computer

By downloading, those were reproduced, thereby involving a criminal offence under Section 106 of Copyright Act.

The downloading of the copyrighted material via the Internet or music sharing networks is illegal and is in the accordance with Section 106 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 lead to the confiscation of the computer, with which the files were downloaded.

To perform the payment, enter the acquired GreenDot MoneyPack code in the designated payment field and press the “OK” button.



Be aware of this tricky, stubborn, dangerous locker. Regardless of those precise law articles, authentic backgrounds, and cunningly threatening words, this is a scam by cyber frauds. Don’t pay the fine as instructed. Remove the screen locker upon sight.

 

>> Distribution & Prevent

 

 

Most Spread Ransomware Infections in 2013:

FBI Moneypak virusDepartment of Justice Moneypak virusFBI CyberCrime Division virusYour Computer Has Been Blocked virusRelodit virusICE Cyber Crime Center Moneypak virusUnited States Courts virusFBI “System Failure” virusInternational Cyber Security Protection Alliance virusSpamhaus Moneypak virusJoint Chiefs of Staff Moneypak virusMoneygram virusComputer Crime and Intellectual Property Section CCIPS virusU.S. Department of Homeland Security Moneypak virusFBI Cybercrime Division ICSPA virusUnited States Cyber Security virusFBI Department of Defense virusMandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security virusInternational Police Association ( I.P.A ) virus,Ministry of Public Safety Canada virus (a.k.a. Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police virus)Royal Canadian Mounted Police virusMinistry of Public Safety Canada virusAFP Ukash virusAMCA, ACC ransomwareInternet Police Department virusPCeU virusCheschire Police Authority virusEuropol Interpol virusUnited Kingdom Police virusSerious (Serios) Organised Crime Agency virus,Guardians of the Peace of Ireland Garda virusCentre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) virusNew Zealand e-Crime lab virusArma dei Carabinieri virusPolícia de Segurança Publica Portuguese VirusNSA Internet Surveillance Program PRISM virusInterpol Department of Cybercrime virusFBI Anti-Piracy Warning Moneypak virusChild Pornography computer blocked virusPRISM Your Computer Has Been Locked virusMetropolitan British Police Interpol virusSpanish Police VirusUprava Kriminalistične Policije virusFederal Department of Justice and Police virusInternet Crime Compliant Center virus,SUISA virusU.S.A Cyber Crime Investigation ransomwareWest Yorkshire Ukash virus, National Security Agency virus, Guardia Civil RansomwareOrdinateur est verrouille virusAbu Dhabi Police GHQ virusAn Garda Síochána Ireland’s National Police Service virus, Cyberlocker virus, Malta Police Association virusPOLITI Kongeriget Danmark virus, Malta Police Force virus, etc.

 

Symptoms

 

♦ Sneaky infiltrates and once infected, the computer will be totally locked up and the desktop will be hijacked and instead display a bogus notification from US Government Firewall, the ICE Homeland Security Investigation, asking for a bogus fine to be paid via Greendot Moneypakin order to unlock the computer and be jail free.

♦ Every time you restart your computer, this lock screen will appear and even if you reboot your PC into safe mode, the lock screen still appears and the safe mode running is forbidden.

 

Below is a ransomware removal guide to help you get rid of this ransomware.

 

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Deny Flash (Optional)

 

Some ransomware exploit Java or Flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. In some cases denying or disabling flash on your system may suspend some of this US Government Firewall ransomware and enable the user to navigate through the infected system.

If this not a necessity for removal, skip to the removal options below these steps. To disable (deny) flash

1.Visit:http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html
Deny-Flash

2. Select the “Deny” radio option
3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).

 

 

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How to Remove Computer Blocked by US Government Firewall Virus (Ransomware Removal Guide)

 

This tutorial suits for all ransomware infections which may be called Moneypak virus, Interpol virus, Ukash virus, Paysafecard virus or CashU virus.

 

Choose one method to remove the ransomware infection as per your situation:

Option 1. Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore

If your computer can still boot into safe mode with Command Prompt, you can opt for this method to restore your system.

Option 2. Remove ransomware using Anvi Rescue Disk

If the lock page still pops up when you are booting the computer to safe mode, then choose this method to get rid of this ransomware infection.

 

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Removal Option 1-Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore

 

Step 1> Launch your PC into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

 

Remove all floppy disks, CDs and DVDs from your computer, and restart. During the start, keep pressing F8 key till the Advanced Windows Options Menu shows up and then use the arrow key on the keyboard to highlight the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option and then press Enter. See detailed instructions on how to boot Windows to Safe Mode

 

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Note: make sure you login your computer with administrative privileges. (login as admin)

 

Step 2> Type explorer to access

 

Once the Command Prompt window appears you only have few seconds to type “explorer” and hit Enter. If you fail to do so within 2-3 seconds, the ransomware virus will not allow you to type anymore.

 

Command Prompt window

 

 

Step >3 Once Windows Explorer shows up browse to:

  • Win XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
  • Win Vista/7/8: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter

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Step 4> Restore

 

Follow all steps to restore or recover your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point), before infection.

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Please note that chances are this virus may delete all of your stored restore points and then you may need to switch to option 2 to try the troubleshoot now.

 

Step 5> Scan bad leftovers and restart

 

Download, install, update and run the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender (direct download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html) to scan out and remove the bad leftovers in case it turns back. And then restart the computer to ensure the computer is all right.

Tips: Some ransomware can also modify your browser settings. If so, you can just reset your web browser or reinstall a new one. See guide to reset IE, Firefox and Chrome here.

BTW: After the virus removal, you are highly recommended to maintain/optimize your computer system using a tool like Cloud System Booster Cloud System Booster (download:www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html). It is a computer system cleaner/optimizer which can basically maintain your system performance. If you want a deep optimization, hard disk defragment would be a good idea. You may try the Anvi Ultimate Defrag (downoad:www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html) for efficiency defragment if the need arises.

 

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Removal Option 2-Remove the Ransomware using Anvi Rescue Disk

 

In most cases of computer infected by ransomware, your PC would be totally blocked from any operation, including safe mode runing. Then, you can use the Anvi Rescue Disk to fix the issue together with the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender. Some patience and time is needed for this removal emthod. If any question in the process, please feel free to send your email below to our online Technical Support for timely help.

Below is a video of ransomware removal using Anvi Rescue Disk 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.)

Direct download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/rsd/

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.

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 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.

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.

Tips: Some ransomware can also modify your browser settings. If so, you can just reset your web browser or reinstall a new one. See guide to reset IE, Firefox and Chrome here.

 

BTW: after the virus removal, you are highly recommended to maintain/optimize your computer system using a tool like Cloud System Booster Cloud System Booster (download:www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html). It is a computer system cleaner/optimizer which can basically maintain your system performance. If you want a deep optimization, hard disk defragment would be a good idea. You may try the Anvi Ultimate Defrag (downoad: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html) for efficiency defragment if the need arises.

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Distribution and Prevent

 

Typically this US Government Firewall ransomware is distributed via malicious websites. Users often get this infection when they are visiting the compromised websites. Also the situation can be that you open the spam email with embedded links to malicious websites or infected attachments. Besides, this infection can be also spread via point-to-point shared files that have been infected.

Thus, accordingly, you can practice below ransomware prevent measures to keep away from this US Government Firewall ransomware infection:

 

> 1. Keep your system and installed applications up to date with the latest patches.

> 2. Use caution when visiting webpages.

> 3. Make full use of the security features of your internet browsers. See guides to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome.

> 4. The best bet to protect Windows is always the proper security suite, includes reliable antivirus, firewall and the like. Our recommendation is besides your main antivirus installed, you also need an alternative antimalware to reduce the risks of infections since no antivirus can offer 100% protection after all.
Antimalware Anvi Smart Defender safe download link: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

> 5. Also you may use some practical utilities like Anvi Ad Blocker to reduce the risks of getting infected. Here this Anvi Ad Blocker is designed to block malicious websites, malicious ads including flash ads, which are one of the most used ways to spread malware infection. You can download and try this tool below:
Anvi Ad Blocker download link: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

ad blocker

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi AD Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want to this tool stay for longer-time protection, just conveniently click here to buy it. View more here: Easy ads-free surfing with Anvi AD Blocker

 

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System Maintenance (Recommended)

 

To maintain a healthy Windows system, you can take below tips for consideration:

> 1. Make sure the system is up to date with latest patches by Microsoft.

> 2. Clean the system on daily basis. Here we recommend you the Cloud System Booster which is designed to clean junk files, optimize system services, repair the registry and optimize Apps.

Cloud System Booster download link: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

> 3. If you want a deep optimization, it is a good idea to defrag your hard disk performance using this Anvi Ultimate Defrag.

download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html

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