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Everything on your computer has been encrypted

Also Known As: Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted Ransomware
Damage level: Severe

What is Everything on your computer has been encrypted?

The United States Department of Justice message "Your Computer has been blocked, Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" is a ransomware virus. Computer users who observe this message should be aware that no legitimate authorities, internationally, use screen-blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations.

This message was created by cyber criminals in the hope that unsuspecting PC users fall for their deceptive message and pay the bogus $100 fine. This fake message states that the fine be paid using MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or REloadit pre-paid cards. Be aware that paying this fine is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals.

Everything on your computer has been encrypted ransomware virus

This particular ransomware virus originates from a family called Harasom and is capable of encrypting various files on the infected computer. After infiltration, this infection encrypts .jpeg, .docx, .mpg, .gif, and many other file types. Fortunately, a security researcher from Emisoft Fabian Wosar has developed a tool capable of decrypting these files.

This ransomware virus targets computer users predominantly from the USA, however, there are several ransomware families which target other countries including Canada (RCMP ransomware virus), Australia (AFP ransomware virus), and many others.

If you see the DOJ message blocking your computer screen, you are dealing with a ransomware virus - do not pay any fines. The correct way to deal with this message is to eliminate it from your computer.

The "Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" ransomware virus is proliferated using 'exploit kits', which infiltrate users' computers via infected email messages, drive-by downloads, and malicious websites. Exploit kits employed to spread ransomware viruses use detected security vulnerabilities on users' computer in order to infiltrate the system.

The best way to protect your computer from these security threats is to keep your operating system and installed programs up-to-date. Furthermore, use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. The "Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" message is a scam - do not trust it and use the removal guide provided to eliminate it and decrypt your files.

A fake message displayed by the "Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" virus:

EVERYTHING ON YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN FULLY ENCRYPTED.
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.
YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED.

All activities of this computer has been recorded. All your files are encrypted. Don't try to unlock your computer!

This PC is Blocked due to at Least one of the specified below.
You possess unlicensed software and pirate audio and video records.
The unauthorised reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
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 Codes provides for a fine of up to $100,000 and/or deprivation of liberty for up nine years.
You are a distributor of pornography and porno materials, regularly watch porno sites with child pornography and zoophilia…

In connection with the decision of the Government as of January 26, 2013, all of the violations described above could be considered as criminal. If the fine has not been paid, you will become the subject of criminal prosecution. The fine is applicable only in the case of a primary violation. In the vase of second violation you will appear before the supreme Court of the USA.

To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obligated to pay a release fee of $100.

NOTE: You have 72 hours left to enter your payment.

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Quick menu:

"Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" virus removal:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: 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.

Safe Mode with Networking

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

Windows 8 users: Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click on Advanced Startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window select Advanced Startup. Click on the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into "Advanced Startup options menu".

Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the "Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" 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.

Note that this ransomware virus is capable of encrypting doc, pdf, jpg, rar, zip, and other files stored on the infected PC. To decrypt your files, use these tool:

Decrypt tool by Fabian Wosar Emsisoft Development Team


If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, 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 "Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" virus 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 the "Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" virus.

Note that this ransomware virus is capable of encrypting doc, pdf, jpg, rar, zip, and other files stored on the infected PC. To decrypt your files, use these tool:

Decrypt tool by Fabian Wosar Emsisoft Development Team

If you cannot 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 disable Safe Mode, making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

After removing the "Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" virus from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with a legitimate antispyware software to remove any possible remnants of this security infection.

Other tools known to remove the "Everything on your computer has been fully encrypted" virus:

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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