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Remove Ransomware Infection-Your Computer Has Been Blocked (Federal Department of Justice Virus Removal Guide)

Is it a real warning that “The work of your computer has been suspended on the grounds of the violation of the United States of America” ? The computer is totally blocked by presenting a warning from the authority? Do not be enticed to this scam online and find a solution in this article to get your computer clean from this ransomware infection. Read more.

Department of Justice virus is categorized as ransomware, similar to FBI virus, FBI Moneypak or FBI Greendot Moneypak virus. It is designed to infect the system secretly and try to rip users off. It creates lots of troubles for its victims by locking the system down. It would completely take over the OS by misguiding the victim user to pay a ransom to unlock the computer. Once infected, the victim user becomes incapable to get on the Internet, launch legitimate anti-malware programs or do other things on his PC. He only sees a forged Department of Justice Virus alert, which states that user is caught doing illegal activities on his computer. Before you fall for this alert, you must note that such organizations as Department of Justice do NOT collect their fines in such way. You must remove Department of Justice Virus immediately!

Department of Justice virus
This ransomware uses spam emails, freeware, shareware and other sources to come inside undetected. Once there, it locks the system down and shows its only message, claiming that Windows system has been blocked because you have been using copyrighted content, visiting pornographic websites or even spreading malware. For that, now you have to make a payment of $200 using the Moneypak prepayment system. Here’s how this message looks like:

Your computer has been locked!

The work of your computer has been suspended on the ground of the violation of the federal laws of the United States of America

(Article: 1, Section 8, Clause 8; Article 202; Article 2012 of the criminal code of the U.S.A. Provides for the deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.) Following violations detected: Your IP address was used to visit websites containing pornopraphy, child pornography, zoophillia and child abuse. Your computer also contains video files with pornographic content, elements of violence and child pornography! (…) You have 72 hours to pay the fine, otherwise you will be arrested. (…) No matter how trustworthy it seems, you must ignore this alert because it has nothing to do with Department of Justice. If you pay this $100 or $300 fine, you won’t have your computer unlocked and you will lose your money as well. In order to avid that, you should remove Department of Justice Virus as soon as possible.

Please note this warning has nothing to do with the legal agencies.  To get rid of this infection, you can  follow below ransomware removal instructions.

 

Symptoms

 

1. You are totally blocked out of the system every time you start the machine.

2. Instead, there will come up a lock screen that bearing the logos of Department of Justice, saying that your computer has been blocked due to some safety reasons associated with online illegal activities.

3. If you try to reboot the system to safe mode operation for troubleshooting, then you will fail in most cases since the safe mode running is forbidden as well due to the infection.

 

Web cam control

Once infected, there would be a little more than usual that this ransomware virus would even attempt to trick the user into thinking they are under surveillance by webcam, as it always shows a fake screen in “recording” status. Actually this even makes no difference on the infected computer with no web cam at all. Apparently, the truth is ready to jump out at your call.

 

Distribution

 

Typically, a computer would get infected with this rasnomware when you are browsing web sites that have been hacked to contain exploit kits which will then use vulnerabilities found on your computer to install the infection without your permission or knowledge. Once installed, the Homeland Security Ransomware will start automatically when you login to your computer and will then display the above screen locker so that you are unable to access your system.

 

Besides, this ransomware can also be distributed through spam email with embedded malicious links or attachments, as well as on infected peer-to-peer shared files.

 

Precaution: 

 

> 1. Timely update the system with the latest patches released by Microsoft.
> 2. Update all installed software to latest version for security consideration.
> 3. Use caution when surfing online. Basically you are supposed to ensure turn on the security features of your web browser. See detailed instructions to turn on Security Features of IE, firefox and Chrome.
> 4. Take care when opening a link or an attachment in an email from unknown people.
> 5. Regardless of all, the best bet to protect computer is still security programs like Antivirus and antimalware. Please note that no security program can be against 100% threats and thus you may need a supplement one if you already have a trusted antivirus. Here we recommend you the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender for that security purpose. Check it out for more by downloading and using:
www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

 

Most-spread Ransomware Infections 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 ) virusMinistry 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 virus,  Centre 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 virus, etc.

 

Deny Flash

Most ransomware exploits Java or Flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. In some cases denying or disabling flash on your system may suspend some of the Department of Justice 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 Your Computer Has Been Blocked Ransomware (Federal Department of Justice Virus Removal Guide)

 

This tutorial suits the removal of Ukash, PaysafeCard, MoneyPak and CashU ransomware.

Generally there are two situations when your computer got infected with this  ransomware. One is that you can still boot your computer to safe mode and the another one is not. According to this, there are two removal options for each situation for you to choose.

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 EnterSee 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.

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.

 

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.