Computer Locked (MoneyPak Virus) - how to remove ransomware infections?
Messages which locks computer user's screen and asks to pay a fine using MoneyPak for supposedly made law violations are a scam. Such messages are called ransomware infections and are created by Cyber criminals to trick unsuspecting PC users into paying non existent fines. To make their screen lockers appear more realistic Cyber criminals are exploiting the names of authorities: FBI, Department of Justice, Internet Crime Complaint Center etc. Notice that ransomware infections comes localised and are able to presents computer users which a deceptive message which supposedly comes from their local authorities. Such localisation is possible because ransomware infections are capable of detecting the IP address of the PC that they infiltrate.
In reality Green Dot MoneyPak is a legitimate pre-payed card service which is not related to Cyber criminals, however their service is being used to collect non existent fines from computer users who falls for the trickery shown in deceptive ransomware infections. To scare PC users into paying the fake fines Cyber criminals are using messages which states that PC user have downloaded illegal files, used copyrighted material, has been watching pornography etc. Notice that these messages are totally false and are only used to scare computer users - in reality none of the authorities around the world are using such methods (locking computer user's desktop) to collect fines for any law infringements. If you see a message which blocks your computer's screen and asks you to pay a fine for law violations you can be sure that your PC is infected with a ransomware infection which shouldn't be trusted and should be eliminated from your computer.
Ransomware infections are most commonly spread using Trojans and drive-by downloads. To avoid infiltrations with GreenDot MoneyPak viruses PC users should use cautious when downloading video codecs and software updates (only download from reputable sources) - Cyber criminals are commonly using such downloads to infect user's computers. Also be sure to use legitimate antivirus and antispyware software. Other secure computing practices includes updating your operating system and keeping all of the installed software up-to-date. If your computer is already infected with a message which asks to pay a fine using MoneyPak you shouldn't pay this fake fine and you should use the provided removal guide to eliminate this scam from your PC.
"Computer Locked - MoneyPak Virus" removal:
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account that is infected with MoneyPak 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 the entries that it detects.
After completing these steps your computer should be clean, reboot your computer in normal mode.
Notice that some ransomware infections are capable of encrypting all the files that were stored on an infected PC. If you are dealing with such infection you can use some of the tools listed below to decrypt your files.
To regain control of your files (decrypt) try using these tools:
Alternative MoneyPak virus removal guide:
Can't boot in Safe Mode with Networking? (Computer Locked MoneyPak virus blocks Safe Mode with Networking)
If you can't start your computer in safe mode with networking, try doing a system restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
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 MoneyPak virus.
Other tools known to remove MoneyPak virus: