If your computer is locked, and you are seeing a “System Failure“ notification from a law enforcement agency (FBI, EUROPOL, POLICE NATIONALE or any other local police department), then your computer is infected with a piece of malware known as Trojan Uremtoo. Read more in this post to help you get rid of such kind of nasty ransomware infection as instructed step by step.
What is System Failure Virus?
System Failure virus define a series of ransomware which use fake message in name of local authorities to scare and trick innocent users to think that their computer is involved in illegal activities like using copyrighted content, distributing malware and others alike. However, actually this is totally scam and what they say is make-up for tricks. This system failure virus does this in a scary manner that it infects the computer and locks entire computer OS and then displays the fake alert as mentioned here to trick on users. No matter what, you should be aware of this and take precaution for such nasty ransomware infections. Read on for more.
How Does System Failure Virus/ransomware Infect Computer?
This threat is distributed through several ways including Malicious websites, or legitimate websites that have been compromised, that may drop this trojan onto a compromised computer. This drive-by-download often happens surreptitiously. Another method used to propagate this type of malware is spam email containing infected attachments or links to malicious websites. The threat may also be downloaded manually by tricking the user into thinking they are installing a useful piece of software.
The System Failure virus is also prevalent on peer-to-peer file sharing websites and is often packaged with pirated or illegally acquired software.
What Does System Failure Virus Do to Infected Computer?
Once installed on your computer, the System Failure virus will display a bogus notification that pretends to be from a law enforcement agency, and states that your computer has been blocked due to it being involved with the distribution of pornographic material, SPAM and copyrighted content.
The System Failure virus will lock you out of your computer and applications, so whenever you’ll try to log on into your Windows operating system or Safe Mode with Networking, it will display instead a lock screen asking you to pay a non-existing fine in the form of a Ukash, Paysafecard or Reoladit code.
Furthermore, to make this alert seem more authentic, this virus also has the ability to access your installed webcam, so that the bogus System Failure notification shows what is happening in the room.
The System Failure virus locks computer and, depending on the user’s current location, displays a localized webpage that covers the entire desktop of the infected computer and demands payment for the supposed possession of illicit material. To scare its victim into paying the bogus fine, this trojan will use the name of official law enforcement agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA), EUROPOL (UK), Polizia di Stato (Italy) and other similar organizations.
Cyber criminals often updated the design of this lock screen, however you should always keep in mind that the police will never lock down your computer or monitor your online activities.
The message displayed by the threat can be localized depending on the user’s location, with text written in the appropriate language:
Federal Bureau of Investigation
All Activities of this computer has been recorded. All your files are encrypted. Don’t try to unlock your computer!
Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.
Copyright and Related Rights law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using and distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article I, Section B, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of the United States of America.
Article 202 of the criminal provides for deprivation of liberty for two or twelve yours.
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 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to $100,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for four to nine years.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal of United States of America of May 28,2011, 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 24 hours after the infringement. As soon as 24 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next 24 hours!
To unlock the computer, you must pay the fine through REloadit Pack of $300.
To unlock your computer locked by the United States Cyber Security REloadit Pack fine Virus and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obligated to pay a release fee of $300. Payable through REloadit Pack via Walmart Card or Kmart Card etc. After successful payment, your computer will automatically unlock.
The System Failure lock screen is a scam, and you should ignore any alert that this malicious software might generate.
Under no circumstance should you send a Ukash , Paysafecard or REloadit code to these cyber criminals, and if you have, you can should request a refund, stating that you are the victim of a computer virus and scam.
Precaution for Prevention
It is a savvy idea to take proper precaution to prevent this nasty, tricky and risky Reveton infections. Below are some prevention tips:
- > 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
- 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
- > 6. 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 System Failure 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
- 2. Select the “Deny” radio option
- 3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).
How to Remove System Failure Lock Screen Virus (Police Ransomware Removal Guide)
This tutorial suits the removal of Ukash, PaysafeCard, MoneyPak and CashU ransomware.
- Option 1- Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore
- If your computer can still be booted into safe mode, and the system restore points are not deleted by the infection, you can choose this option for the ransomware removal.
- Option 2-Remove the Ransomware Using Anvi Rescue Disk
- This method is the final solution for deep infection that you computer system is totally blocked from even the safe mode running or all system restore points are deleted by the infection.
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
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.
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
Step 4> Restore
Follow all steps to restore or recover your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point), before infection.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Most-spread Ransomware Infections 2013:
FBI Moneypak virus, Department of Justice Moneypak virus, FBI CyberCrime Division virus, Your Computer Has Been Blocked virus, Relodit virus, ICE Cyber Crime Center Moneypak virus, United States Courts virus, FBI “System Failure” virus, International Cyber Security Protection Alliance virus, Spamhaus Moneypak virus, Joint Chiefs of Staff Moneypak virus, Moneygram virus, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section CCIPS virus, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Moneypak virus, FBI Cybercrime Division ICSPA virus, United States Cyber Security virus, FBI Department of Defense virus, Mandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security virus, International 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 virus, Ministry of Public Safety Canada virus, AFP Ukash virus, AMCA, ACC ransomware, Internet Police Department virus, PCeU virus, Cheschire Police Authority virus, Europol Interpol virus, United Kingdom Police virus, Serious (Serios) Organised Crime Agency virus,Guardians of the Peace of Ireland Garda virus, Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) virus, New Zealand e-Crime lab virus, Arma dei Carabinieri virus, Polícia de Segurança Publica Portuguese Virus, NSA Internet Surveillance Program PRISM virus, Interpol Department of Cybercrime virus, FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Moneypak virus, Child Pornography computer blocked virus, PRISM Your Computer Has Been Locked virus, Metropolitan British Police Interpol virus, Spanish Police Virus, Uprava Kriminalistične Policije virus, Federal Department of Justice and Police virus, Internet Crime Compliant Center virus, SUISA virus, etc.