What is FBI Virus?
FBI Virus is a ransomware infection whose different versions are known widely to computer users in different countries. The virus locks down the system down which results in its immobility and generates a hoax saying that the FBI has locked the PC. There is more than one interface version of FBI Virus, which should be removed from the system immediately.
The term under which the infection is classified suggests that the primary aim of the virus is to get money from unsuspecting users. The message displayed by the virus claims that the user is to blame for illegally obtaining and using music, movies or software. Below you will find excerpts from three variants of the FBI virus:
Illegally downloaded material (MP3’s, Movies or software) has been located on your computer.
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content […].
As you can see, the first two extracts are identical; however, they are found in different versions of the virus. The same or very similar false allegations are present in such cases of the ransomware virus as Latvijas Policijas Virus, European Law Enforcement Agency Virus, Politia Romana Virus, and others. All the viruses are called Ukash viruses, because this electronic cash payment service is provided in almost every message of the virus. In this particular case of FBI Virus, the users are supposed to pay money through MoneyPak:
Take your cash to one of these retail locations:
Pick up a MoneyPak and purchase it with cash at the register.
Come back and enter your MoneyPak code to unlock your Computer.
In the other versions of the virus, the user is being rushed to pay a ransom in this way:
To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obliged to pay a release fee of $200.
To unlock the computer, you must pay the fine through MoneyPak of 100$.
Please keep in mind that cyber criminals want your money, which is why you should not trust the message containing the credentials of the FBI and saying that you may be prosecuted if the ransom money is not paid. Instead, you should remove the virus which is responsible for your inconvenience.
Our Anti-Spyware-101.com team recommends that you use SpyHunter, which will remove the virus and safeguard the system. However, in the case of ransomware infection, you should note that it is important to follow certain procedure in order to install the spyware removal tool. Below you will find step-by-step guideless on how to install the recommended tool:
Windows Vista & Windows 7:
1. Restart the computer.
2. Wait until the BIOS screen (information about your hardware) disappears and immediately start tapping the F8 key. Repeat the procedure if your Windows loads up normally.
3. When a boot option menu appears, use arrow keys to select Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter.
4. Go to http://www.anti-spyware-101.com/download-sph and download SpyHunter.
5. Install the program and scan the system to detect and remove the infection.
1. Restart the computer.
2. Once the BIOS screen disappears, start tapping the F8 key.
3. Use arrow keys on your keyboard to move to Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter.
4. Click Yes in the dialog box.
5. Open the Start menu.
6. Launch Run.
7. Type “msconfig” in the run dialog box.
8. Press OK to open System Configuration Utility.
9. Click on the Startup tab.
10. Click on the Disable All button and then on OK.
11. Download SpyHunter and restart the computer.
12. Install the tool downloaded and remove FBI Virus.