Your computer is blocked by the Firewall of the United States alert appears on your computer desktop and you are totally locked out of the Windows OS? This is an obvious sign of ransomware infection. Read more in this post for a detailed solution to get rid of such computer infection.
The Firewall of the United States computer blocked virus, US Government Firewall virus as you may call it, that appear on your computer is just part of the ransomware family of malware. This online scam trend has been soared up in the past 2012 and seems still in 2013. Such computer blocked viruses have already struck many computers around the world. Similar to other notorious ransomware infections spread in US like FBI Moneypak virus or the United States Department of Justice or the Police Department infecton, this ransomware infects computers with potential vulnerabilities to block the computer and do scams in name of authorizes on victim users. Once infected, it will block the computer and display a fake message to scare users to pay a ransom to unlock the infected computer.
The fake message of this pc locked up virus will accuse you of several online crime committed using your own PC. For this reason, computer is blocked temporarily until you pay the designated ransom asked by the so called “Firewall of the United States”.
However, you also need to learn that this threat not only demands payment via Moneypak from victims. The Trojan part of Firewall of the United States computer blocked virus has a backdoor module that allows the malware author to gain access on the infected computer. In addition, some versions from this group can encrypt files on the system, which renders it useless. Others may damage the master boot record by placing harmful code in order to deny user’s access on the target computer.
Similar ransomware infections: PCeU virus (aka Metropolitan Police Ukash virus), Malex ransomware, Your computer is locked for violating the Law of Great Britain virus, DOJ virus, File Encryption Virus, SGAE virus, An Garda Síochána. Ireland’s National Police Service virus, ISCA 2012 virus, Automated Information Control System virus, ACCDFISA Protection Program ransomware, Celas ransomware, Votre ordinateur est bloque! Gendarmerie Ukash virus, Canadian Police Association Virus, Urausy virus/ransomware, Office Central de Lutte contre la Criminalité Virus, Bundesamt fur Polizei Virus, Canadian Police Cybercrime Investigation Department Virus, GEMA: Your computer has been locked virus, Den Syenska Polisen IT-Sakerhet Ransomware, Bundes Polizei Ukash virus,Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus, etc.
Symptoms of this Firewall of the United States Moneypak Virus Infection
- The entire computer OS is blocked every time you start the computer.
- A full screen of fake alert in name of Firewall of the United States is displayed to occupy the desktop, saying that your computer is blocked because illegally downloaded material (audio, video of software ) has been located on your computer and thus a fine is asked to pay via Moneypak in order to unblock your computer.
- If you start the computer into safe mode for troubleshooting, the fake alert also displayed and the computer is blocked as well in most cases.
Removing Firewall of the United States and unblocking the computer may require certain steps to complete. There is no instant solution for this complex virus.For a complete guide, please see the special section below that discusses the procedures in getting rid of this malware.
Web cam control
Once infected, there would be a little more than usual that this ransomware virus would even attempt to trick the user into thinking they are under surveillance by webcam, as it always shows a fake screen in “recording” status. Actually this even makes no difference on the infected computer with no web cam at all. Apparently, the truth is ready to jump out at your call.
- 2. Select the “Deny” radio option
- 3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).
How to Remove Firewall of the United States Moneypak Virus (Ransomware Remvoal Guide)
Removal Option 1-Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore
Launch your PC into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. 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 Enter. See detailed instructions on how to boot Windows to Safe Mode
Removal Option 2 Using Anvi Rescue Disk to Remove the Ransomware and Repair the Infected Computer
Direct download link: http://download.anvisoft.com/software/rescuedisk.zip
Record 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.
Switch to Repair tab. Scan and fix the registry error with the “Repair” module of Anvi Rescue
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