What is PornoAsset?
PornoAsset is not the kind of malware infection that infiltrates your system silently and stays hidden for long. As a matter of fact, this Trojan screen locker makes sure that you cannot overlook its presence. Once it enters your computer, it locks your screen with a red and white warning message that fills your screen. This Trojan only appears to target Russian machines, which is confirmed by the warning text as it is in Russian language. If you want to use your computer again, i.e., unlock it, you have to pay a certain fee to the criminals behind this attack. They even threaten you to do so within a set time limit; otherwise, you will be prosecuted. The base of this alleged prosecution is a rather sensitive topic: child pornography. Although the “penalty” is rather low, we do not recommend that you pay these criminals. But, of course, it is all up to you how you decide. However, you should also consider that our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com have found a solution for you to remove PornoAsset. If you are interested to learn more about this infection and how you can actually avoid it, please read on.
Where does PornoAsset come from?
According to our researchers, this Trojan screen locker is most likely to enter your computer through infected attachment files that are spread in spam e-mails. You should know that it is enough to click on such attachments to trigger the Trojan. It is possible that it will drop a legitimate-looking file onto your hard drive and when you run that file the infection will be activated. But it is also possible that the click on the attached file activates this Trojan. The malicious file is usually disguised as videos and images. Sometimes Trojans can also be triggered by corrupt links placed in the body of the spam mail. It is quite obvious that you need to choose wisely which mails and attachments to open. You may think that your spam filter takes care of all the spams, but let us beg to differ. You always need to be careful opening mails in your inbox because criminals may use sophisticated methods to fool filters. As you can see, one wrong click and you can be facing a screen locker or worse, a ransomware infection. But when such a serious infection enters your computer, there is only one thing you can do: You should delete PornoAsset ASAP.
How does PornoAsset work?
When this screen locker finally sets foot on your hard drive, it makes sure that it starts up automatically with Windows. It is needed to make sure that even if you restart your machine in Safe Mode, you will have to face the locked screen so that you will feel forced to pay the alleged fine. After this, the warning message comes up and rules over your screen and it means that there is no way for you to run any programs or do anything really, let alone close this scary window. If you are Russian or speak the language, you will learn from this warning that it has been found that you have watched, copied, and shared child pornography on your computer. If you send 900 Russian rubles, which is about 13.6 US dollars, to a given telephone number, 89604730759, your computer will be unlocked. This is a rather small amount when it comes to legal fines, not to mention that the accusation is about child pornography. This should be suspicious right away, not to mention the fact that this warning is far from looking official.
You are asked to transfer money within 24 hours to this phone number by using a Beeline terminal, where you will be given two codes: a terminal and an operation code. Once you have these codes, you have to type them in the input fields provided on this lock screen. After pressing the button to the right, your computer should be unlocked. But good luck with that because you cannot overlook the fact that these are cyber criminals who are threatening you. So what if they do not unlock your screen after you pay? Of course, losing $13 will not make you go bankrupt, hopefully, but you would support criminals by paying even this little. So let us give you a better option because we actually know how you can remove PornoAsset from your computer.
How do I delete PornoAsset?
Sadly, you cannot just simply uninstall this malicious threat with a single click through Control Panel. But we have found a way for you to eliminate PornoAsset so that you can restore order in your virtual kingdom. Please follow our guide below carefully step by step to make sure that no mess is left on board after this infection. Also, it is worth keeping it in mind that you should regularly update all your programs and drivers (Flash, Java) for better protection. However, if you are looking for the best way to protect your virtual world and your files, we recommend that you download and install a reputable anti-spyware program. Remember to keep this tool also constantly updated for perfect protection.
How to remove PornoAsset from Windows
Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
- Tap Win key and on the Metro UI screen, click on the Power icon.
- Tap and hold Shift key and click on Restart.
- Choose Troubleshoot and go to Advanced Options.
- Open Startup Settings and select Restart.
- Tap F6 to reboot your system in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7
- Restart your PC.
- Tap the F8 key to bring up the boot menu.
- Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
- Hit Enter.
- Enter regedit at the Command Prompt and press Enter.
- Open File menu and choose Import.
- In the Import Registry File window, go to %homedrive%.
- Set file types in the dropdown box at the bottom to “All Files”.
- Click on the malicious file ([random numbers].exe) and hit the Delete key.
- Find and delete these registry value names:
HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit (64-bit!)
- Close the editor.
- Reboot your system in Normal Mode.
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