FBI Moneypak Virus - How to remove?
FBI Moneypak Virus is one more dangerous ransomware that blocks targeted computer systems and tries to get money from their users. It uses the name of FBI and blames you for breaking the law by watching and distributing pornographic content files. According to the message of FBI Virus, you have to pay a fine of $200-$400 depending on version. It tells you to do that through Moneypak payment system which should sound a bit weird as no official institutions would use such means to collect the fines. And in fact, it is just a scam.
However, nobody wants to deal with FBI so, naturally, many people take this scam for granted and pay the fine. Moreover, since infected computer is completely blocked, usually people don’t know how to find any solution. Even your antivirus is disabled after FBI MoneyPak Virus enters your system. Paying that fine looks like the only solution. Unfortunately, nothing changes even after making the money transfer. This ransomware is a clear scam created by computer hackers who only seek to swindle your money away. They manage to distribute this virus through various security vulnerabilities. It can come bundled with downloads. Also you can get infected if you visit some malicious websites.
Moneypak Payment system is legitimate pre-paid card system and not affiliated with the scammers. However, the way prepaid cards operates makes it extremely hard or impossible to reverse the charges. You should not pay for ransomwares and remove the Moneypak virus instead.
There are several versions of this infection with different names. For instance:
- Green Dot Moneypak Virus. An aggressive ransomware that blocks an infected computer completely. It uses the same psychological techniques as FBI Moneypak Virus to convince people into paying the fine. If you see your PC screen locked and a message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation informing that you breached federal laws, do not believe this scam. This blocking has nothing to do with the actual organization. Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) – FBI cyber crime division – informs that they get dozens of complains regarding Green Dot Moneypak Virus and its other versions. If your computer is infected with it, IC3 strongly recommends not paying any money or providing any personal information to the virus developers.
- FBI Department of Defense. This virus is another ransomware that uses a name of FBI trying to earn some money. The program uses Trojan viruses to get into random systems without users’ consent. Once inside, the program completely blocks your computer so you would not be able to run any of your programs. It even disables your security tools and does not allow running Task Manager. Basically, the program displays once message in the middle of the screen saying that you have violated the law of the United States of America.
- FBI virus hijacker. This version of FBI virus is targeted specifically to web browsers. It displays ‘Your browser has been locked’ warning message on your computer screen.It is listed not only as a hijacker, but as a ransomware as well, because in order to unlock and to be able to use your web browsers again you will be asked to pay scammers a ransom. FBI virus hijacker is very similar to a classic ransomware that lock your computer completely without you being able to reach any files or applications. Yet this virus is a bit different – hackers have found a new way how to scam people and make money by misusing them.
- FBI Anti Piracy Warning. It’s a ransomware that generates a fake message warning that your computer has been locked because some illegal activity has been noticed on your computer. In fact the program was designed by cyber criminals to get money from random computer users. FBI Anti Piracy Warning does not allow to do anything on your computer as you only see a warning in front of you. None of the programs on your computer work and you are not able to do anything on your machine. You may know that it is not the first time when the names of police institutions are used in order trick computer users.
- United States Cyber Security Virus. Another ransomware targeted specifically to USA and Canada citizens. It is relevant to FBI ransomware, some cyber security specialists even name is at another version of FBI. The same as other similar ransom viruses, United States Cyber Security Virus claims that user of infected computer have performed some illegal actions that are beyond the the law and therefore all files and applications have been locked. In order to be able to use certain computer again and unlock all personal files, user is asked to pay a certain amount of money. It is meant to be as a fine for a done damage. Usually it is $100, $200 or $300. A lot of users get scared, because United States Cyber Security Virus claims that user is guilty for violating Copyright, i.e. listening for music or watching videos downloaded from the Internet. However, you should not believe it and not pay a single dollar for those cyber criminals. You are not guilty for anything, they are only looking to make some money from users of infected computers.
FBI Moneypak Virus removal methods
Note, that there are many versions of this scam, but each of them can be removed with various degrees of difficulty. It is tought to identify correct method at once, so if one method fails, skip and try next one. We cover most of the methods from easiest to the most complex to remove this FBI Moneypak scam.
The easiest way to get rid of FBI Moneypak virus is scan your PC from unaffected account with administrative permissions with Spyhunter or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. If you are not so lucky and have no unaffected account on your computer, there are other options:
- Restart your computer, press F8 while it is restarting.
- Choose safe mode with networking.
- Launch MSConfig.
- Disable startup items rundll32 turning on any application from Application Data.
- Restart your computer again.
- Scan with http://www.2-viruses.com/downloads/spyhunter-i.exe to find the file and remove it. Here is a video guide, showing how to do all the steps:
Removing FBI Moneypak Virus when you can boot to Safe Mode with command prompt only
If you cannot use Safe Mode, try rebooting into safe mode with command prompt. Here how to delete Moneypak Virus using this approach:
- Reboot into safe mode with command prompt. FBI Moneypak Virus should not be launched this time.
- Run regedit. Search for Winlogon.
- There will be a key labeled Shell under Winlogon. It should refer to Explorer.exe or be blank. If there is something else referring an executable in one of users folders, replace it with explorer.exe.
- Save changes, reboot to safe mode with networking.
- Run msconfig and disable all unnecessary startup entries. Reboot normally, your system should start without parasite interfering.
- Install and run http://www.2-viruses.com/downloads/spyhunter-i.exe. Scan with it the PC and delete FBI Moneypak Virus executables it finds.
Here is a video guide illustrating this virus removal method:
There are couple versions of FBI Moneypak Virus that encrypts user documents and images. Depending on parasite version, the files might be recoverable, but it is not always the case. In such cases I recommend using PC support or one of the existing decryptors for the files.
Note, that even if all of safe modes are blocked and you can not access other user account and run Reimage or Anti-Malware program scan from there, you can still clean your PC from this infection. We recommend either using Bootable antivirus CD/USB disk (Hitman Pro Kickstarter USB is one of such choices) and scanning with it or calling +1-888-334-2444 (USA / CA ) for help.
Using Hitman Pro Kickstarter USB to remove FBI Moneypak virus that blocks all Safe Modes
- For this approach, you will need an uninfected PC and an empty USB disk.
- Download Hitman Pro on this PC. No need for installation and Run it.
- Press on Icon to create Kickstart USB. Follow the instructions.
- Switch infected PC Off. Put USB disk in, turn PC On and press DEL.
- Search for Booting order settings (varies depending on PC) and choose boot from USB as primary option.
- Save settings and Exit.
- Follow instructions on screen.
- When PC is booted, you should have access to your PC. Scan with Hitman Pro or Spyhunter and delete the FBI Moneypak scam files.
- Take USB out and reboot normally.