DOJ virus that wants you to pay $300 fine? My computer was blocked by Department of Justice Virus and it also falsely accused me of child pornography, copyright issues, and owning software that didn’t belong to me. Then it asked me to pay $300 within 48 hours via Moneypak. It totally frozen my computer and I cannot do anything on it. I didn’t do anything illegal, I just wondered how would this thing happen? I looked up what to do in this situation, and I found out that many other people had the same thing happen to them, with the exact same charges. Is this real? Or Is this just a virus claiming to be part of the US government? Confiscated and you will be persecuted if you don’t pay a fine?
Department of Justice Virus (also called DOJ Virus $300 ) is another variant of infamous Moneypak virus that blocks targeted computer systems and tries to trick money from people. This virus infects computer systems through security vulnerabilities and it also can be distributed through spam mails or fake torrent files. Once it is downloaded, it completely locks your system and only displays one message telling that you have been violating the Copyright and Related Rights Law and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content. It also displays infected computer’s IP address, host name and even turns your webcam on automatically without your permission. That must be horrible and scary if a user turn his PC on and see such a message. However, Department of Justice Virus is a scam as no institution would lock your PC and ask you to pay any fines like that way.
This type of Ransomware can create a certain registry entry so that it could run every time you start your machine. Once it is running, you will have your system completely locked so you will not be able to perform any tasks there. Department of Justice Virus demands its victims to pay a fine of $100, $300 or $450 depending on different versions through Moneypak or Paysafecard in order to unlock their computers. By receiving a payment from a pre-paid card, then victims have no way to trace their money and get the money back once they find out Department of Justice is a scam. It is obvious that Department of Justice virus is nothing but a hoax designed to scare you and rip you off. Therefore, don’t hesitate to remove this virus once it is found.
1. To threaten innocent users, DOJ virus can display your computer‘s IP address, host name and even turn your webcam on automatically without your permission.
2. It blocks infected computer and displays a bogus message on the screen accusing the user of using and distributing copyrighted files (music, video, software).
3. Department of Justice virus $300 scam will ask users to pay a fine of certain amounts via Moneypak or Paysafecard to cover the violations. However, even if you have paid the fine, computer will still be locked and this virus will still be there making chaos as well. You will find no code is available to unlock your computer because the real law institutions would never contact you to make any payments like this way.
This is a tricky Ransomware that can escape from all kinds of security tools. It may come to your system through the following ways:
Open the unknown email and click the strange link attached in it or download the attachment contains a virus
Open the unknown website and click the malicious link on it
Download free applications and movies from the Internet
#. Yesterday I was cleaning useless folders and stuff off my computer and i found a winrar file that I didn’t recognize, probably randomly downloaded it somewhere on accident from a pop up. Anyway being curious i opened it up, got the hourglass next to my cursor however nothing appeared to happen. So I then deleted the folder. Like 5 minutes later my screen flashed black while i was on the internet and an FBI screen popped up accusing me of child porn, it had like a webcam going of me and ip address and stuff, I didn’t take the time to read everything on it and i just did a hard shut down to try not to give it time to do anything else.
#. This morning, I logged on to my computer to find out that I couldn’t log in. A sign said, “US Department of Justice” It wanted me to pay 450$ to a “MoneyPak”, or else it said I’d be subject to over 4 years in prison. It also falsely accused me of child pornography, copyright issues, and owning software that didn’t belong to me(None of that makes since, as I’m a minor). My question is: Was this official (Will I be subject to criminal prosecution due to false accusations, or was this just a virus claiming to be part of the US government?)
#. I was doing some work on my computer, and the DOJ virus popped on my computer. It looks different from the virus I’ve seen with a black background. This one has a white background. Saying I need to pay $300. I’ve tried safe mode, command prompt, system restore… but NOTHING seems to be working.
#. My husband was on the Internet earlier and he stumbled into the FBI lock down screen. He wasn’t even watching porn or doing anything illegal!!! It said he had to pay $300. And it would be unlocked in 3-48 hours. Well he paid it and now we found out this was a scam. His computer is still locked. What do we do and how can we get our $300 back ?? Help..
Since the virus can block your antivirus programs to stop them from running even lock your PC entirely, under such circumstance, manual removal is required to handle with the virus. This manual removal guide is for advanced computer users to follow. If you are not 100% confident of what you will have to do, it’s suggested to get help from experts.
Please do a system backup before you start to delete Department of Justice virus manually.
1. Restart your PC before windows launches, tap “F8” constantly. Choose“Safe Mode with Networking” option, and then press Enter key.
2. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together and stop the Ransomware processes in the Windows Task Manager.
Random.exe (The name of the virus process may be different all the time)
(If you can’t figure out the process of the virus, you can end the process called explorer first so that virus won’t come up)
3. Delete associated files from your PC completely as follows:
C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\random files
4. Search for all related registry entries infected by this dangerous virus and wipe them out:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = 0
5. Reboot the computer to normal mode when the above steps are done.
In many cases, careless users may get Department of Justice Virus $300 scam installed by clicking some malicious ads or visiting the pornographic website, as well as opening any unknown downloaded files. When it is on board, the virus will mainly attack computers located in United States. It warns computer users by sending them a message that hides under the name of Department of Justice. And it blames you for using some copyrighted content without permission and asks you to pay a fine. Most importantly, this Rasomware completely locks your computer and does not allow to do anything there. You will only see that message in the middle of your computer screen warning you for some illegal activities. It also can access the webcam of your computer and turn it on as soon as the computer is locked and claims that the police are watching and using the video in order to confirm the identity of the computer user. Department of Justice Virus $300 scam demands users to pay a fine in order to unlock the PC. If the fine is not paid immediately they say that they will use that information to impose additional fines and also possible jail time. As mentioned above, we can know how malicious the virus is. This virus is just trying to convince you that it’s legit. Paying is not the only way to get rid of this virus. Users should follow the manual guide above to remove it step by step.
Note: If you are not computer savvy, to avoid messing up all things, please contact YooCare PC experts 24/7 online in time for help to save your computer.
Published by Sarah Poehler, last updated on October 21, 2013 2:28 pm | How to Guides