Internet Crime Complaint Center Virus

Also Known As: Internet Crime Complaint Center Ransomware
Type: Ransomware
Damage level: Severe
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Internet Crime Complaint Center "Threat of Prosecution Reminder" virus - how to unblock your computer?

What is Internet Crime Complaint Center?

The Internet Crime Complaint Center message, stating that computer users' PCs are locked due to law violations, is a scam. This is a ransomware infection created by Cyber criminals to trick unsuspecting PC users into paying a bogus fine for supposed law infringements. The Internet Crime Complaint Center has no connection with this message - this screen locker was developed by cyber criminals in order to steal money from PC users. In order to scare PC users into believing that this message is legitimate ('threat of prosecution reminder'), cyber criminals exploit the name and graphics of an authority (in this case, IC3).

Previous variants of these ransomware infections exploited the names of the Metropolitan Police, FBI, Interpol etc. No international authorities use screen lockers to collect fines for law infringements. Furthermore, most ransomware infections are localized. Cyber criminals translate their deceptive messages into various languages, thus the same ransomware infection can be displayed with languages and graphics pertaining to the location of computer. This localization is made possible by detection of the IP address associated with the targeted PC. The Internet Crime Complaint Center virus is distributed using drive-by downloads and Trojan infections. Commonly, cyber criminals exploit security vulnerabilities within users' PCs to proliferate their deceptive ransomware infections. To avoid these infections, PC users should keep their operating system and installed software up-to-date. Best computer security practices include the use of legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs.

Internet Crime Complaint Center virus

If your computer is already infected with the Internet Crime Complaint Center virus, ignore the message and eliminate it from your computer. Do not pay the fine - you will lose your money and your computer will remain blocked. In order to collect the bogus fines, cyber criminals use Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid cards, and unlike credit cards, you will be unable to dispute or cancel your transaction using these services. Moreover, money transaction methods such as these, make tracking cyber criminals problematic for the genuine authorities. Any statements pertaining to video and voice recordings within the text are as fake as the message itself. Use the removal guide provided to eliminate the Internet Crime Complaint Center virus.

A deceptive message displayed within the Internet Crime Complaint Center ransomware:

Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Department of Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Threat of Prosecution Reminder.
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and
illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, 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, 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 downloading prohibited Pornographic content (Child porn, Zoofilia, etc.), thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the United States of America. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of the United Stets 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 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated.

Quick menu:

Internet Crime Complaint Center virus removal:

Step 1

Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

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Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with Internet Crime Complaint Center virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

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Cannot boot in Safe Mode with Networking? (Internet Crime Complaint Center virus blocks Safe Mode with Networking)

If you have more than one user account in your operating system - please log-in to the clean account and download the recommended malware removal software, install it, and run a full system scan. Remove all security infections detected. If, however, you have only one user account, please follow this guide (it will describe how to create a new user account using Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Using this newly-created user account, you will be able to remove the Internet Crime Complaint Center ransomware).

If Internet Crime Complaint Center also blocks your operating system's Safe Mode with Networking, follow these removal instructions:

1. During your computer starting process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt Mode loads, enter the following line: net user removevirus /add and press ENTER.

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3. Next, enter this line: net localgroup administrators removevirus /add and press ENTER.

creating new user using command prompt

4. Finally, enter this line: shutdown -r and press ENTER.

adding a new user in command prompt

5. Wait for your computer to restart, boot your PC in Normal Mode, and then login to the newly-created user account ('removevirus'). This account will be unaffected by the ransomware infection and you will be able to download and install recommended malware removal software to eliminate this virus from your computer.

new user account created

6. Download and install recommended malware removal software to eliminate this ransomware infection from your computer:

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If the newly-created user account is also affected by the ransomware infection, try performing a System Restore:

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer starting process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt Mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available restore points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the ransomware infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remnants of Internet Crime Complaint Center ransomware.

Alternative Internet Crime Complaint Center virus removal guide:

If this ransomware blocks your screen when you start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try starting your PC in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

1. During your computer starting process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

win 7 safe mode with command prompt

2. In the opened Command Prompt, type explorer and press Enter. This command will open the Explorer window - do not close it and continue to the next step.

3. In the Command Prompt, type regedit and press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor window.

4. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\

registy editor winlogon

5. In the right side of the window, locate "Shell" and right click on it. Click on Modify. The default value in the Data column is Explorer.exe - if you see something else displayed in this window, remove it and type Explorer.exe (take a note of whatever else was displayed in the Data column - this is the path of the rogue execution file). Use this information to navigate to the rogue executable and remove it.

6. Restart your computer, download and install legitimate anti-spyware software and perform a full system scan to eliminate any remnants of Department of Justice ransomware.

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1-877-484-8393
By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. All the products we recommend were carefully tested and approved by our technicians as being one of the most effective solutions for removing this threat.

Other tools known to remove the Internet Crime Complaint Center virus:

Comments 

 
#6 me 2013-05-05 15:41
Unfortunately Tugore, no one will be punished for this. they do this from countries that have no or lax laws against this type of fraud, and are well disguised on top of that. Short of made-up things like karma or god, nothing is going to touch these a$$holes and they are certainly getting very rich from this.
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#5 Tugore 2013-03-19 22:37
Whoever wrote this virus needs to be punished.....severely, and they will be - you can count on that
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#4 heather 2013-01-06 15:11
I have a MacBook with vista, and Mac is. Anyway I got this virus too. Just decided to redo windows. As long as you don't format it if you have vista or windows 7 your files will still be backed up.
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#3 Jamie 2012-12-27 14:42
I had to do step 4 from another computer before acutally loging into the computer.
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#2 admin 2012-12-20 01:36
Hi Lawrence, try booting your computer using a rescue disk. http://www.pcrisk.com/computer-technician-blog/general-information/6775-how-to-boot-your-computer-using-a-rescue-disk
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#1 Lawrence 2012-12-19 15:53
This virus had somehow also disabled booting from command prompt or the safe mode. Is there a way around this?
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