My computer is locked by Joint Chiefs of Staff Virus. Every time I turn my computer on, instead of showing me my desktop, it gives me a horrible warning saying something like “The work of your computer has been suspended on the grounds of the violation of the law of the United States of America” and asking to pay a fine of $400 through Moneypak card. It really freaks me out and I have never done anything illegal. How do I unlock my computer from Joint Chiefs of Staff scam?
Joint Chiefs of Staff virus is a Ransomware that gets inside the system through security vulnerabilities found when a user visits infected websites or downloads infected files. It uses the same scare tactics like SPAMHAUS MoneyPak Virus by blocking computer’s screen and trying to scare unsuspecting PC users into paying a non existent fine. As soon as it is inside, this virus immediately locks your computer, blocks you from accessing your desktop, task manager etc. You will be shown a fake warning instead which claims that you have been illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, viewing or distributing pornographic content and spreading malware to other computers. That is ridiculous because government will never notice PC users or punish them by using this way. Joint Chiefs of Staff Virus is a scam that people should never trust. It is distributed by cybercriminals to swindle the money.
This virus is really aggressive. Even though you may have antivirus program protected on your PC, you still can get Joint Chiefs of Staff virus installed. It accesses the webcam of the computer and turns 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. Such virus is generated from Moneypak family virus, it can not only lock computer’s screen to make trouble to computer users, but also will mislead innocent users into believing this warning is real and ask them to pay a ransom of $400 using Moenypak services within 48 hours in order to get the computer unlocked and avoid those legal liability. Thus, users must ignore the fake alert from Joint Chiefs of Staff Virus and find a way to unlock the computer immediately.
Joint Chiefs of Staff
The work of your computer has been suspended on the grounds of the violation of the law of the United States of America.
Possible violations are described below:
Article – 184. Pornography involving children (under 18 years)
Imprisonment of the term of up to 10-15 years (The use or distribution of pornographic files)
Article – 171. Copyright
Imprisonment for the term of up to 2-5 years (The use or sharing copyrighted files)
Article – 113. The use of unlicensed software
Imprisonment for the term of up to 2 years (The use of unlicensed software)
The first violation may not entail the criminal liability if the payment of the fine in connection with the law of loyalty to the people, on 26 January 2013, in repeated violations of the criminal responsibility is inevitable.
To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obligated to pay a release fee of $400.
How do I unlock computer using MoneyPak?
1. Find a retail location near you.
2. Look for a MoneyPak in the prepaid section. Take it to the cashier and load it with cash. A service fee of up to $4.95 will apply.
3. To pay fine, you should enter the digits MoneyPak resulting code in the payment form and press Pay MoneyPak.
In connection with the decision of the Government as of January 26, 2013, all of the violations described above could be considered 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 case of second violation you will appear before the Supreme Court of the USA.
Amount of the fine is $400. Payment must be made within 48 hours after the computer blocking. If the fine has not been paid, you will become the subject of criminal prosecution without the right to pay the fine. The Department of the Fight Against Cyber activity will confiscate your computer (after 48 hours)
An attempt to unlock the computer by yourself will lead to the full formatting of the operating system. All the files, videos, photos, documents on your computer will be deleted.
All illegal activities conducted through your computer have been recorded in the Police Database, including photos and videos from your camera for further identification. You have been registered by viewing pornography involving minors.
After paying the fine your computer will be unblocked. (In the case of second violation you will become the subject of criminal prosecution without the right to pay the fine!)
Please note: The fine may only be paid within 48 hours, if you let 48 hours pass without payment, the possibility of unlocking your computer expires. In this case a
Since Joint Chiefs of Staff virus has completely locked up your computer making you difficult to gain access, you will need to manually remove it instead of using antivirus programs to do so. Also, antivirus programs cannot completely catch this virus. Otherwise, it would have caught it at the beginning when Joint Chiefs of Staff tries to sneak inside. Below are some basic steps on how to get rid of this virus manually. However, due to the changeable characters of this virus, you may not find the exact same files or entries to delete. That’s also why the manual removal requires expertise to do it. You will need to go through files and entries under different locations to define and delete. Any mistake could lead to unpredictable problems during the process. Thus, a backup of important files and programs is suggested before this Joint Chiefs of Staff virus removal. A flash drive or external hard drive will be needed.
1. Since you cannot gain access to the infected computer under regular mode because of this Joint Chiefs of Staff virus screen, please restart the computer and put it in Safe mode with Networking first. Here’s the guide: Restart the computer upon the locking screen and start hitting F8 key repeatedly when PC is booting up again; if successfully, Safe mode options will show up on the screen for you to select. Please use arrow keys to highlight Safe mode with Networking option and hit enter key. System will be loading files into this mode afterward.
2. Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Under Safe mode with Networking, please hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) keys together to pull up Windows Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find processes associated with Joint Chiefs of Staff virus and click End process.
4. Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows+R keys and pull up Run box and searching for regedit.
5. Find out and delete files and registry entries associating with PCeU virus as below:
C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = 0
6. Restart computer back to Regular mode and check out if the warning page still shows up again.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Virus is a ransomware infection that belongs to the infamous Moneypak scam group. As soon as it is downloaded, this virus starts automatically when system is started. It locks computer down and disables victims from anything, making them completely disconnected from getting online or reaching important files and programs. From that time, user will be informed that he has been viewing/distributing pornographic or copyrighted content, spreading malware or doing other illegal activities. For that, he has to pay a $400 fine within 48 hous and enter a Moneypak code on the right side of the fake alert. Do you think paying the fine or waiting for 48 hours can get the computer unlocked? Don’t be naive. Hackers create such sneaky malware just with a single goal – to steal your personal information and swindle your money. Please remember, Joint Chiefs of Staff or any legitimate organization will not publish this kind of message and lock your computer. That is a hoax and you may get it from unknown email attachment or by clicking the strange link attached in it. Another reason that you get this threat is that you may have been downloading free applications and movies from the Internet that contain malicious codes. In general, Joint Chiefs of Staff Virus should be removed as quickly as possible.
Notice: Manual removal is a skillful and risky job, if any mistakes are made in the process, you may damage your computer immediately. If you are not sure how to do, please contact YooCare PC experts 24/7 online for help right now.
Published by Selina Lynmich & last updated on April 30, 2013 7:18 am