How to unlock your desktop after The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation scam?
The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation is another screen locker that tries to scare computer users into paying a non existent fine supposedly for using or distributing copyrighted content. Internet criminals who releases such scam are targeting unsuspecting PC users by country, this time it's USA. This fake message states that you have to pay $100 using MoneyPak in order to regain control of your computer. You shouldn't pay this fine, it's a scam, FBI doesn't use such methods to protect copyrighted content.
As the latest ransomware The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation screen locker uses video recording window to further scare PC users into believing that this message is authentic. New versions of such malicious screen lockers are able to access your web cam and display a video recording of whatever your web cam is pointing at (most commonly your face). To further scare you into paying this fake fine a long list of possible reasons why your computer was blocked is presented within this ransomware. Such screen lockers are particularly rogue because while infected you won't be able to use your computer - your desktop and access to all of your programs will be totally blocked. This ransomware is detected by legitimate anti-spyware programs as Win32/Reveton infection.
The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation screen locker is just one of the ransomware which targets USA computer users, previous variants which targeted Great Britain and Germany PC user's were named Police Central e-crime Unit and BundesPolizei. As before such screen lockers are distributed through malicious or hijacked websites which are able to exploit computer's security vulnerabilities and install such scam on user's PC. Cyber criminals are using MoneyPak to make it more complicated to trace them. FBI name is exploited to make this message appear more realistic. You should ignore this fake message and remove The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation scam from your PC.
Fake message shown in The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation screen locker:
Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below. You have been violation Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article I, Section 8, Clause 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 content (Child Porno, Zoofilia and etc). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve 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 of 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.
The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation screen locker removal:
Start your computer in safe mode. Click Start, then click Shut down. Select Restart and click OK. During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up, then select Safe mode with networking from the list and press ENTER.
Log in to the account that is infected with The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation scam. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all the entries that it detects.
After completing these steps your computer should be clean, reboot your computer in normal mode.
Alternative The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation scam removal guide:
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt - During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up, then select Safe mode with command prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When command prompt mode loads enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window click "Next".
5. Select one of the available restore point and click "Next" (this will restore your computer's system to an earlier time and date, before the ransomware infiltrated your PC).
6. In the opened window click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date download and scan your PC with a recommended anti-spyware software to eliminate any left remnants of The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation scam.
If you can't start your computer in safe mode with networking (or with command prompt) you should boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disables safe mode making it's removal more complicated. For this step you will need access to another computer. After removing The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation scam from your PC restart your computer and scan it with a legitimate antispyware software to remove any possibly left remnants of this security infection.
Other tools known to remove The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation scam:
Some malicious software modifies browser settings and disables downloads of spyware and virus removing software. If you have problems downloading anti-spyware software with Internet Explorer, try downloading with Chrome, FireFox, Opera, etc.
If you can't access Internet:
Load your computer in safe mode. Click Start, click Shut down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe mode with networking from the list.
Start Task manager. Press ctrl+alt+del (or ctrl+shift+esc) and end task the processes of rogue program. ( if after this procedure you can't access any programs press ctrl+alt+del, click File, select New Task, and type explorer.exe then press OK.
Open Internet explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select Connections, then click LAN settings, if a Use a proxy server for your LAN is checked, un-check it and press OK.
After this procedure you should be able to access Internet. Now you can download anti-spyware software from our "Top spyware removers" section and run a full scan. Download, install and don't forget to update your selected anti-spyware program.
Manual The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation scam removal:
If you were unable to remove The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation scam using the steps above, you can use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk. If you don't have strong computer knowledge you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation screen locker processes:
Delete these The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation screen locker files:
- FBI Your Computer Has Been Locked scam
- System Care Antivirus
- Department of Justice MoneyPak Virus
- Win 7 Antivirus 2013
- SweetIM Toolbar (Search.sweetim.com Virus)
- Department of Justice scam
- FBI Cybercrime Division - Your PC is Blocked (MoneyPak Virus)
- Metropolitan Police ransomware (PCeU) virus
- Police Central E-Crime Unit Virus
- Internet Security "designed to protect" Scam - Fake Antivirus Program