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What is the FBI Anti-Piracy Warning?
The FBI Anti-Piracy Warning is a ransomware virus that attempts to scare people into sending cyber criminals money by holding their computer hostage. The FBI Anti-Piracy Warning virus claims to be a program created by the FBI, and that you have committed a crime and must send $400 via MoneyPak. The program itself is a virus, and you should NEVER send money to remove the FBI Anti Piracy Warning! Generally, the FBI Anti Piracy Warning virus screen will appear immediately after you try to login to windows, and may even block access to Safe Mode and other alternate boot methods.
What does the FBI Anti-Piracy Warning look like?
Once infected by the FBI Anti Piracy Warning Virus, you’ll notice a screen that says:
Your Computer has been locked!
Illegaly downloaded material (MP3′s, Movies or Software) has been located on your computer.
Downloading of copyrighted material from the Internet and musicsaharing via networks is illegal in accordance with Section 106 of the Copyrght Act of United States of America. this action is subject to imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 3 years or a fine of 400 USD.
Futhermore, possession of illegally downloaded material is punishable under Section 184 paragraph 3 of the Cryminal Code of United States of America and may result in confiscation of computer equipment.
Failure to comply with FBI Anti-Piracy warnings could result in criminal charges and possible imprisonment of up to 3 years in country jail.
How can I remove the FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Virus?
The FBI Anti-Piracy Warning Virus is a fairly tricky virus to remove, and thus should only be attempted by an Advanced Computer user. We highly recommend our Premium Virus Removal if you’re uncomfortable making changes to your operating system. Please note that virus removal always poses a potential risk of damage to your computer. The virus removal guide below is to be used at your own risk and we will not be responsible for any damage to your computer.
Step 1:Reboot Your Computer into Safe Mode with Networking
With the computer turned all the way off (completely shut down), you should then power the computer back on and begin tapping the F8 key on your keyboard. Once you reach the Advanced Startup Menu, you can use your up and down arrows to navigate and the enter key to continue. (Screenshot below)
Step 2: Login and View your Desktop
You may notice a bunch of files scrolling as your computer boots up, this is normal. You may need to click your username to log on, or if you do not have a password/multiple users it will boot right into to the Desktop.
Step 3: We need to download a program to remove the malicious files and registry strings.
Open up a web browser (whatever you normally use), and head here. Link provided: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/combofix/
Download ComboFix, and save it to your Desktop or another location you can run it.
ComboFix is a heavy duty, professional grade virus removal tool. ComboFix is ONLY available at BleepingComputer.com.
Once ComboFix finishes downloading, you should double click it and run it.
Step 4: Using ComboFix
Once ComboFix opens, you should hit Accept to continue the application.
Step 5: Running ComboFix
ComboFix may pop up and say you have a real time scanner, or an anti-virus program running. Generally, it’s safe to click ok and continue running ComboFix.
ComboFix may also ask you to install the Windows Recovery Console, click yes to continue. The Recovery Console is a good thing to have installed.
ComboFix will say “Scanning for Infecting Files…” once the process has started. Generally it takes between 10 minutes – 20 minutes for the scan to finish.
If you are having difficulty getting ComboFix to run properly, the virus may be blocking it from functioning. You should contact one of our Experts for assistance.
Step 6: ComboFix should reboot the computer and display a log report
Once the scan finishes, ComboFix will likely reboot your computer and display a log report. It will take a few moments for the log report to open.
Step 7: Run a Full Scan with MalwareBytes
Even though your computer may appear to be “virus free” at this point, there may still be some leftover files. I highly recommend running a Full Scan with MalwareBytes. It’s completely free to download MalwareBytes here.
Step 8: Install and Run MalwareBytes
Once you’ve finished downloading Malwarebytes, you should run it and install it like a normal program. You should see this screen when it’s ready:
Step 9: Select “Full Scan” and then click Scan.
The scan will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, maybe even longer if you have a lot of data on your computer.
Step 10: Remove the Infected Files
Once the scan finishes, go ahead and click OK to view the found files. If nothing was found, you’re all finished.
Step 11: Remove Remaining Infected Files
You should see a list of files MalwareBytes detected. Next hit “Remove Selected” and you may need to reboot your computer.
Step 12: All Finished!
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