What is Master Penalty Document Virus?
Master Penalty Document Virus is a screen-locker ransomware infection that makes the user think his computer has been locked by SOPA or PIPA. This infection behaves like a legitimate representative of law enforcement authorities and it says it has to lock down your computer because you have installed a lot of illegally obtained software programs on your computer, but that is an obvious lie. Therefore, you must remove Master Penalty Document Virus from your computer, before it manages to steal your money. Naturally, you have to keep your money to yourself, and do not even think of spending a cent of this cyber fraud.
How does Master Penalty Document Virus work?
Master Penalty Document Virus employs a tactics similar to the one used by Ukash virus group of ransomware infections. It also uses Ukash and PaySafeCard alternative payment system to receive its fees, but it does not make use of Police or any other official law enforcement agency name or logo. Instead, Master Penalty Document Virus says your computer has been locked by Software online Piracy Act and PROTECT Intellectual Property Act. As such, Master Penalty Document Virus is very similar to STOP Piracy Virus that has been released a few months ago. Just like its predecessor, Master Penalty Document Virus does not allow the user to access his desktop by displaying a false notification, claiming that the user has committed a serious of illegal acts and therefore he or she has to pay a fine:
Master Penalty Document
SOPA (Software Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT Intellectual Property Act) has detected that you used piracy content on your computer such as:
Operating system (OS) which has NOT been installed IN LEGAL WAY: Child Porno materials (CP) on your PC, Software you used right now (installed with OS) ARE NOT LEGITIMATE. Your system HAS BEEN LOCKED and your data has been encrypted. To unlock your PC, decrypt your data and avoid arrest you MUST pay a penalty of 100 EURO. You can choose one of payment methods below:
PaySafeCard, Ukash, CashU or MoneyPack. You should buy a voucher in many places near you: Walmart, OMV, 7 eleven, ESSO, Avia, epay, kiosks. Enter-code below to unlock your PC.
The message of Master Penalty Document Virus might be displayed in English, German and any other language depending on your location.
How to terminate Master Penalty Document Virus?
No matter what you do, you mustn’t pay the 100 euro fine, because this infection will never unlock your computer. Your money will be lost, and Master Penalty Document Virus will continue to threaten you into paying more and more, saying that your data will be deleted and you will be legally prosecuted if you do not pay on time.
Unblock your computer yourself by following the instructions below:
For Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Restart your computer.
- Tap F8 repeatedly until Advanced Boot Options menu shows up.
- Use arrow keys to navigate and select Safe Mode with Networking. Press Enter.
- Open http://www.anti-spyware-101.com/download-sph and download SpyHunter.
- Install the program and launch a full system scan.
For Windows XP
- Follow the steps above from 1 to 3.
- Click Yes on confirmation box.
- Download SpyHunter.
- Open Start Menu and launch Run.
- Type “msconfig” into the Run open box and press Enter.
- Click the Startup tab on System Configuration Utility.
- Uncheck all programs on the list and click OK. Exit the menu.
- Restart the computer in Normal Mode.
- Install SpyHunter and remove Master Penalty Document Virus.
Should you have any inquiries regarding this infection, do leave a comment below.