I think my computer is infected by FBI MoneyGram Virus. It was blocked as soon as I turned it on and it said I was viewing or distributing prohibited pornographic contents which I have never done that before. It asked me to pay $300 within 72 hours via Moneypak or MoneyGram. It totally frozen my computer and I cannot do anything on it. I restarted it in safe mode but my antivirus detected nothing. Is this real or just a virus claiming to be part of the FBI? If that is a virus, why antivirus cannot detect it? How do I unlock my computer in such a circumstance?
FBI MoneyGram Virus (also called FBI Cybercrime Division Ransomware) is classified as Ransomware developed by Cyber criminals in order to extort your money. This threat is distributed through malicious websites, or legitimate websites that have been compromised. Users may also get this virus installed if they open an unknown malicious attachment. Once installed, it rapidly covers the entire desktop of the infected computer and demands payment for the supposed possession of illicit material. Basically, it states that your computer has been blocked because it is being involved with the distribution of pornographic material, violation of copyright and related law etc. With no doubt, this warning can frighten computer users because it uses the name of FBI as well as International Cyber Security Protection Alliance. But in reality, this locked page has nothing to do with them. The main purpose of such fake messages is making false accusations for supposedly made law violations and then tricking computer users into paying some non existent fines in order to unlock their computers.
FBI MoneyGram Virus starts its attacks automatically when system is started. Thus, every time you turn your PC on, the screen will be locked immediately. There is no way to unlock the computer or close out the warning message that FBI MoneyGram virus displays. If the user attempts to shut down and restart, the message will display again at the start and the user will not be able to open any other programs or applications. Moreover, this tricky virus is able to detect your IP, Country and Operating System and make your privacy unsafe. Under such a circumstance, paying the fine through MoneyGram or Moneypak seems to be the only way to get the Voucher Pin/Code to unlock your PC. But you should never do that because this is a scam in reality. Paying the fine will not help you get your PC unlocked but just make you lose your money. Many users have fallen into this hoax and finally found that computer was still locked once the fine is paid, also they had no way to trace their money and get it back.
FBI MoneyGram virus works as similar as DOJ virus, RCMP virus etc. Both of them have the same goal – swindle your money. Computer users should realize that this message is a total scam, paying this fine of $300 would equal to sending one’s money to Cyber criminals. The government or any institution will never collect fines for any law violations like this way by blocking your computer and asking you to pay a fine. Therefore, FBI MoneyGram virus is a harmful threat that should be removed manually as soon as possible.
FBI MoneyGram Virus will pop up on the infected computer immediately at the start up and disable all functions of the computer. The user is not able to access and computer feature or close out or minimize the alert on the screen. The only option is to manually power off the computer and then restart it, but once again the warning message will pop up and there is nothing that can be done to access other windows or functions of the PC. All you can see on the screen is like the following picture:
It will take control of your computer rapidly once it is downloaded.
It will pretend itself as a legit warning and then ask for a ransom.
It can disable your task manager and even pop up in safe mode.
It can connect to a remote IRC server and forward the data to cybercriminals without a computer user’s awareness.
It can’t be simply uninstalled or removed in control panel.
#. FBI MoneyGram Virus has taken control of my computer It won’t let me log in on safe mode. If I do that, it shuts down the computer immediately, what else I can do at this point? I’m hopeless.
#. This morning, I logged on to my computer to find out that I couldn’t log in. A sign said, “FBI Cybercrime Division” It wanted me to pay 300$ to a “MoneyGram” or ‘MoneyPak” and said my computer was used to distribute porno contents. What was that? Was this official? Will I be subject to criminal prosecution due to false accusations, or was this just a virus?
#. I was doing some work on my computer, and the FBI MoneyGram virus popped on my computer saying I need to pay $300 within 72 hours. But I wasn’t even watching porn or doing anything illegal!!! I’ve tried safe mode, command prompt, system restore… but NOTHING seems to be working.
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 FBI MoneyGram 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.exe first so that virus won’t come up)
3. Delete associated files from your PC completely as follows:
C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>
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.
Many computer users have been tricked by this FBI MoneyGram Virus because it does look very real and legit. But actually this is just a virus designed to lock your PC and rip you off. It alerts the PC user that their computer has been blocked because they have detected illegal activities from the IP address, such as copyright violations stemming from the illegal download and sharing of copyright files as well as the distribution of SPAM emails and even pornographic content. None of the message is true because there are no authorities or organizations around the world are using such computer’s screen blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations. The Ransomware can greatly affect your system and programs to make them perform poorly, and this makes PC victims shock at their terrible computer situations. 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.
Note: 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 Sarah Poehler & last updated on May 21, 2013 2:30 pm