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Remove United States Courts This Computer Has Been Locked Virus (Ransomware Removal Guide)

The United States Courts lock screen appears on your computer, freezing your machine? Read more here to figure it out and remove this ransomware infection as instructed step by step.

 
The United States Courts This Computer Has Been Locked virus is a computer infection, categorized as ransomware. Like many other ransomware infections, it uses exploits kits to infiltrate into system with potential system vulnerabilities to lock the system and display a lock screen, attempting to scare victim users into thinking that their computer is locked by the United States Courts due to some illegal online activities and they need to pay a fine of $300 via Moneypak to unlock. However, this is not the truth, totally. Regardless of the tricky social engineering tactics, precise law-violation articles and crafted lock screen background, this warning has nothing to do with the legal agency as it claims to. As a matter of fact, this lock screen is just the visible part of the computer infection, entirely serving for the scam to take money from innocent victim users.

The truth is revealed as that some cyber criminals uses trojans to attack the machine and coercively adds its startup to the system during the boot sector and then through the Internet to load its localized lock screen to do the scams. All things are tricks for fraud. Please be alerted and never be tricked if you come across it.

 

The screenshot of the United States Courts This Computer Has Been Locked Virus Lock Screen

United States Courts Ransomware

The text message on the lock screen notification of this ransomware infection reads:

United States Courts
All activities of this computer has been recorded. All your files are encrypted. Don’t try to unlock your computer!

THIS COMPUTER (Windows XP (32-bit)) HAS BEEN LOCKED FOR VIOLATING THE LAW OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Your Internet Service Provider in cooperation with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) monitors and takes actions against illegal and offensive content on the Internet. It acts against private usage of websites, newsgroups and online groups that:

– contain images of child abuse, originating anywhere in the world.
– contain adult material that potentially breaches the Obscene Publications Act in the US.
– storing of distribution of the multimedia files with copyrights violation.

You have been subjected to violation of Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted contents (files were found in C:\Users\<login name>\DOCUMENTS), thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 1, Section 8, Cause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years.

You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic contents: (Child Pornography and etc were found in C:\Users\<login name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Temporary Internet Files\). This violating article 202 of the Criminal Codes of the United States of America. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.

Illegally downloaded material (MP3’s, Movies or Software) has been located on your computer.

By downloading or uploading, those files have been reproduced, thereby involving a criminal offense under 17 U.S.C.A. SS506(a) and 18 USCA SS2319 (2)(A)(B).

(a) Whoever violates section 506(a) (relating to criminal offenses) of title 17 shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section and such penalties shall be in addition to any other provisions of the title 17 or any other law. (b) Any person who commits an offense under subsection (a) of this section–

<more fake legal verbage below>

There is no doubt that this is a scam message for ransomware tricks, regardless of the crafted background and precise law-violation articles. Whenever you get sight of this lock screen on your computer, never pay the ransom to those cyber crooks and what you should do is to follow below ransomware removal guide to get rid of it completely at once.

 

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 United States Courts, 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.

 

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 United States Courts 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 Cyprus Police Emergency Response Unit 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 United States Courts This Computer Has Been Locked Virus(Ransomware Removal Guide)

 

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

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.