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The only way I could get the computer to clear the white screen was to tap the power button quickly then x out the close program prompt.

System restore did not work on this version either time. I stumbled onto the idea out of sheer frustration. Just had this FBI Moneypak Virus pop up on me tonight… Logged on to my computer, and then all of a sudden I was smacked with an incredibly startling notice.

I was trying to figure out what I had done wrong haha. After finding this post, I was able to start safe mode and download the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software. I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Windows 7 , and I want to make sure this dilemma gets resolved.

Is there anything else I may need to do to clear this up? Just finished the Malwarebytes scan and deleted all the infected files… Thanks for your help and assistance botcrawl.

You guys are awesome!!! I have Windows vista and did rebooted in safe mode with networking. Then did a system restore. Worked liked a charm! My computer worked normally after that, but I did a second scan with AVG just to be sure and it caught a few more trojans.

One file was named wij1b. Finally got rid of this thing tonight. The newest version of this was tough. Been working on removing it for 4 days. Finally the latest update of HitManPro did the trick. I think had to fix some file extension settings after the virus was gone.

Learned a good lesson. I almost fell for this! I about cried thinking I had to come up with dollar in three days! You guys are wonderful and saved us alot of money. Thank you soo much for your help with this virus, This thing attacked my 13 year old sons computer. Scared the crap out of him, he thought he had done something wrong. I got his computer back by using the safe mode with command prompt restore option and am now running malware bytes and a full virus scan on it.

Customer does not know how to press F8 upon bootup. Thanks for this great article! I used safe mode and restored my system and used malwarebyte to scan it through and it was OK today. I had like songs on there too: When I first saw this I was stunned. I have done this for the 4th time today, so either it is getting spread a lot or I still have it — but my point is to have everyone set-up at least one additional user account, for at least this purpose.

Thank you a lot! On her computer it had a different picture, but she thought it was real. These Nigerian idiots will try anything to con you.. They figure the is not working anymore. The dating scams are getting clobbered so some stupid hack come up with this. Remember no law enforcement official will ever block your computer and demand a ransom your entitled to due process of law If there is a real problem they will visit you personally and have to present a search warrant.

My laptop is back to normal and the FBI fake thing is now gone from my eyes.. I used a scan thing like for to scan for affected programs.. I thought Norton still could be a little helpful, even though I had to renewal my uh membership? Anyways, thank you so much for saving my life. Not like hurting others kind of torturing. Your guys team was the first to investigate and publish removal instructions about this ransomware and you guys are still the best. Thanks for the hard work!

I know very little about computers…but this might help others. I have 2 HD with 2 OS. DUMB on my part…wasted several hours. I got hit with the FBI Moneypak virus this afternoon. I was able to do a system restore by tapping F11 on my HP Computer when the computer started up. After the system restore was done, my computer was back to normal, and I also scanned my hard drive with Norton to make sure I was OK.

I was really worried that the virus was real, and the FBI were going to arrest me within 72 hours! Jegus it was frightening!!! My laptop has been hit with what I assume is another update of this virus, it claims to be from the US Dept.

Can they access all my information in my computer? I have this virus infected my computer too. I have many important information like bank acct and SSN on some documents saved in my document folder.

Wonder if the hacker really take all information? Thank you so much guys. I really appreciate this information. If it wasnt for this I would have taken a zero on an important assignment for school. Seriously thank you so much. This helped so much and worked like a charm the first time. I used the safe mode with command prompt. I have a windows 7 computer and used the browser C: May want to pay attention to see when this comes up because after 3 seconds you have to restart.

To get my computer into safe mode I had to force shut down by taking the battery out of the laptop. Great trick and it is simple. I started with processes that looked out of place and left the others alone of course. Thank you so very much for this information.

This article saved my sanity. If you can get to Safe Mode on your windows 7; system restore fixed it in about 10 minutes. Thanks to whomever posted all those tips, I finally got it to work after unplugging my pc for 30 mins. I just ran into this program and boy was it a pain in the ss. First off, it looks like the hacker has now adapted.

If I go into safe mode, the computer will restart by itself soon after. So, I deleted them both. I them proceeded to do a system restore and scan. Restart the computer and run AVG. Everything back to normal!

I did the system restore and my computer is now working, am gonna scan the whole computer with AVG just to make sure everything is fine. Thanks again for all your help. You all deserve a medal! Using avg now to make sure everything is good! Thank you for the tutorial on how to get rid of the FBI ransom ware. My 17 year old son was trying to download an application on his laptop at what he thought was a Boy Scout affiliated website and got the ransom ware instead.

You guys are awesome! Allready had that malware once but this time it was waay harder to get away. Thanks for all those different methods. Good God, you should get an award or something for this free and thorough guide. I thought I had to buy another laptop, you completely saved me. Opening with command promt and typing explorer is what saved me. Holy crap this was a nasty bug.

It forced me to shut down in regular safe mode. Tried Malwarebytes free version which worked in about 15 minutes. That worked for me. Finally I am able to fix it … I was affected couple of days ago and it was so annoying, as I was not able to run any anti-virus, as it shows white screen and nothing can be done.

Luckily I have 2 user accounts admin and Guest , From guest account I provided access to admin files.. The FBI has been aware for a long time, and yet it is still evolving. How long should the system restore take after the safe mode command prompt boot up to remove this disgusting virus….

This is the second time we got it but this time it displayed child porn thumbnail pics!!! I was having a seizure trying to get away from it!!! I had this virus on Windows XP and this virus did not funtion unless it was connected to the inernet. I started my AVG anti virus to download updates and then connected to the internet.

AVG picked it up right away and I was able to expell it. I had hard time with this virus, until I found your post. After I could reach explorer was easy pie. I was able to get in through safe with command and do a system restore. Should I still go back and do a check for manual removal? I had the ransom page displayed in full screen. Out of frustration I started clicking the links on the ransom page just so I could see something different how much worse could it get?

When I did, the shut down hung up asking if I wanted to force Outlook to close. Apparently hitting the email link had launched Outlook in the background.

The shutdown stopped, but the virus processes had already ended in prep for shutdown. I had my computer back, but still had to remove the virus with MalwareBytes. My malaware for some reason was off. This site was a real lifesaver for us.

We were able to remove the virus using the system restore suggestion. Will be getting some anti malware for sure. The FBI virus initially blocked everything. I left it running without doing anything for about 15 minutes; magically the FBI disappeared and I was able to use system restore. The screen layout was distorted but still workable. Hope this will work for you too. Thanks for the guide.. I must have a newer version of the malware as the version i had disabled the ability to restart in safe mode.

So here is what worked for me…. Once i disabled my internet I was able to get on to my pc pretty easily. If you have a desk top, just unplug the network cable. I restored the internet connection and then went to malwarebytes. When it came back up, i logged on under the original account and ran Malware bytes that was installed from the other account it will appear on both.

Everthing seems normal now, so i deleted the second account that was created above.. Agent — does this ever stop or will the Virus continue to try and attach my computer?

The only way I could get rid of the virus was to start-up in safe mode with command prompt and run malwarebytes from the command line. I got the virus today Dec. Note that it is just a blank white screen, without the FBI scam verbage. When I power down, just before the machine turns off, the white screen disappears, and I can see my desktop. I can get the task manager option screen with , but no matter what option I take, it just puts me back to the blank white screen.

I tried the system restore option via the command prompt. It did not work as expected, but eventually somehow I got the user interface to open and I selected a restore point from a few days ago. After a considerable amount of time running, the system restore failed due to lack of memory space not sure if that is legit or nonsense from the virus. Thank You so much downloaded software already and read about the restore option so i will try it tomorrow. I did a system restore and it worked perfectly!

I was in a panic for an hour before I tried this. Malware may still be running in the background. I deleted the account that had the virud and ran a scan and the virus didnt show up, am i safe? Make sure you run a full-system scan with reputable Antivirus or AM software that has experience removing this particular infection.

Now to see if my Empire total war saves got saved as well…. I was infected with yet another variant of this ransomware yesterday. My point is every time I get this virus it is removing options to recover. Im not really good with computers. Run a full system scan using Malwarebytes, you can also try free Antivirus scanners suggested on this page.

They are always happy to assist. I seriously almost had a panic attack when the screen popped up. It took me the longest time to find where to reset the computer to a previous time but as soon as i found it the whole thing took less than a minute. So happy for this. Really quick and easy. My surfing account was infected on Dec. What alarms me is this. The exe inherits the privilege of the infected account. How was it able to disable McAfee? How was it able to prevent rebooting in safe mode in my case?

And how was it able to prevent Restore, run from the admin account, from initializing? This suggests a to me unknown vulnerability in bit Win Fortunately, no virus so far seems to be capable of privilege escalation, but this trojan was doing more than should have been possible.. If you are not sure when the virus first showed up, select a date that is several days before you first noticed the virus.

Your PC should then reboot and begin functioning as usual. You are a lifesaver! My husband got this virus right around the time you posted your fix. Thank you so much for your expertise!!! Downloaded malwarebytes just got virus. My computer works, But I keep getting a popup in the bottom right hand corner saying malewarebytes blocked acces to a potentially harmful webpage blah blah blah…. Happens every minute or so. How do i get rid of this trojan svchost. I have ran a full scan.

Please let me know if anyone else has had this problem and how to get rid of it. Got this virus Wednesday morning. Wife called me at work and told me our son caught on her PC. When I came home that evening I read it and knew right away it was a hoax. I tried to reboot into safe mode without any success.

I wish I would have seen this site before. But my solution was I was fortunate to have another spare hard drive available. So I unplugged the infected drive and install a complete OS on that drive. I made sure I scanned everything before I moved it over. Afterwords I just nuked the drive with a hard drive eraser. Personally if I could find the POS that created this virus I would cut off his fingers with a pair of tin snips.

What I personally did to stop the FBI moneypak: How can I get over this? OMG so I was yes looking at fem joy. LOL I am an artist and to me its just beautiful bodys, some naked yes but my laptop went into a frenzy….

I could not get my lap top to shut down. I unplugged it, Rebotted it, in tears …. He said it was a virus. I told him scared the you know what out of me. I rebotted and went into safe mode.

And I am imbarassed as all get out. Terrible virus and to think ppl probally pay this. Thank God I didnt have to pay a ton of money to a PC man, no offense to those who make a living off this I just dont have the extra money. SO thats my awful story. We have to remove the FBI moneypak virus all the time. Once restored, ran a virus scan and it showed the malware and cleaned.

There was one entitled Microsoft Update with a Russian source. I disabled it and rebooted. Windows 7 came up just fine and it looks liike my programs work normally. I actually reformatted my computer and am now having to update everything. I did try to start up in safe mode but was still unable to do anything. Thank you so much. I had a really difficult one and i would have had to pay someone to fix it for me.

Once in, I ran MalwareBytes again and found an infection. So cleaned that out and still working fine. Please let me know if this worked as well for you. Sean you are my BFF for life!!! Thank you for posting this information, it worked!! You are the best! My son was using my computer when the virus popped up.

He texted me begging me not to be mad, he so scared. I yelled and told him to stay of my CPU, but I had no idea what it said, so I finally read it tonight and flipped a lid, I was so mad at him and was actually going to pay. Then I just prayed about it, after I decided to look up moneypak to see if I can purchase one online, and thank God this website popped up.

You have saved my son and me,,mainly you have saved him, lol. And also, what will happen if it is not removed from my computer? Does that mean im good from it? How do you know if the virus is gone? I restarted my laptop and let it go through its usual start up.

I dont see and hear the fbi warning anymore. Its been about an hour since it first came up. Is it gone or is it somewhere and i have to remove it still?

Thanks for using your brain to do good for others than to use it to cause havoc and destruction. The virus popped up when my son was using the computer and he was terrified to tell me. You saved us both! Thanks for sharing your expertise and knowledge. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! OMG i tried soooo many things. Then i did step 3. The system restore from safe mode worked fine. You are really awesome for doing this…very thoughtful to put these repair instructions up…not for money…just to be a good person.

I tried many youtube videos and have been trying for daysssssssssssss! I did followed these simple steps and it removed the virus. I had 10 in my computer that I removed. If you have a flash drive, it was the best option. It took 5 minutes.

Thank you for guiding me in the right direction. For I am not a computer savy person at all. Very helpful, thanks again. You literall saved my life! This is the second time I got this virus. First time I started in safe mode command propmt and restrored.

This time it will not open in safe mode it reboots everytime I choose the safe mode option…any ideas?? When this got onto my computer, I was flipping out. The moment I got this I told my mom that we had to pay a fine. But being the calm person she is, she got us to this website and we fixed it.

Or who do I report them to? You can report them to the FBI if you wish. Just wanted to say thanks Sean for the very informative and easy to follow step by step instructions you had. Thanks again, scott g. I am now running full scans with MS security essentials, spybot, and malwarebytes. It appears the virus is gone but I will keep an eye on things for a while just to be sure. Found an entry that was modified: The installation required a shutdown and restart. After restart I accepted the license and ran the software.

The software noted that file: Engaged the removal feature and clicked continue. The file was removed successfully. Restarted my machine and ran a Quick scan and located additional tracking cookies.

Removed the cookies, shutdown the machine and ran an additional full scan. All is working now…I hope this helps someone. Thanks for taking the time to post this message. I followed your lead and was able to resolve my problem! Hell yes this got my computer going again!

I thought I was about to have to spend a lot of money on repairs! This virus is getting me tons of business for my PC repair side job. Something like this literally can take 2 minutes to remove if you have a way to get outside windows and see the files on your PC. Just got the virus — your web site very helpful.

Used Safe Mode with Command Promp to go back two days and restore computer. Got it this morning. I rebooted and scandisk started. I deleted temp files and that seemed to take care of it. Also ran a virus scan afterwards. I just got hit with this virus 2 days ago. Locked up pretty bad.

Could not enter safe mode of any kind so could not manually delete virus files. I have Malwarebytes TM but i could not get most recent updates.

I disconnected router and sat there very pissed. Updated MWBTS and started full scan will take at least hours and as sooon as scan was running, disconnected router and deleted virus after scan. Then ran quick scan and full scan again to be sure. Good luck fellow surfers! Then, I was able to find an unknown program in the Startup programs. From there, I disabled it and it does not run anymore.

However, it is still there. It is still a fake. If you can get the number from caller id or something call them back and tell them you are from MI6 or Interpol or something and that they should stay in their house and wait for the police to arrive.

Be as creative as the hackers. I was once called by some Idiots claiming to be the FBI who wanted a credit card. I gave them the real phone number of the local FBI office and a fake credit card I would love to have seen their faces if they called.

Remember, remember, the FBI, no matter what you may have heard does not collect fines. Get good anti virus software. Keep it up to date. Read up and learn how to cope with thse bastards. Otherwise, relax, pour yourself a nice glass of scotch and get to work. Thank you so much!!!!! Thanks for the manual clean up instructions. I was able to find and remove the ctfmon file easily in safe mode with networking enabled. I probably initiated restart at least a half dozen times and it always stopped with a disk error message that I assumed was caused by one of the malware files.

I also was able to start and run McAfee virsus scan after removing the ctfmon file. After the virus scan was complete it indicated no virus present I was able to do a disk recovery operation which took overnight to complete. In the morning, I was finally able to do a system recovery going back to a date I knew for certain I did not have this malware.

I hope the rotten a-holes that invented this virus do many years in jail and are banned from life from owning any further computer equipment.

This is my second experience with malware and both times its was immediately obvious the page that popped up was bogus. The FBI would never be involved with this type of shake down regardless of what people believe about the US Government and its actions. The previous experience was with the MS Security malware. Both have been a real pain to remove. This site is the absolute best of the sites I looked through on removal.

It had easy to follow instructions and did not require buying more conflicting software to resolve the problem. Wish the site was listed first when browsing. It would have saved a fair amount of time as other sites were selling malware software without assurance of success. GONE in 30 seconds! I had only 1 user account with Norton and the FBI bug apparently got by that. I went with option 4. Everything appears back to normal. It found 2 infected files which were removed.

After mandatory restart, I switched back to normal account and ran malwarebytes again. I got the virus on 2 computers within minutes of eachother, all I was doing was deleting junk mail. I simply restored the Dell laptop to its birthdate and the Sony simply restored it to a few months ago. I did not have to use safe mode, just had to turn of my wireless router. Both are back to normal now. In both cases, my expired Norton anti virus pop up popped up wanting me to renew, hmmm.

So, I got hit with this piece of crap virus. Dont use it unless you really need to…. Once you have run the complete application you can sign on as normally do. It will clean the files that are not shared as the user that was infected. Total time to fix this once you down load Malwarebytes is about 30 minutes. This virus has an awfully long and thin needle.

Thank you sooooo much!!! I freaked out when i got the FBI warning but with this instructions it was easy to remove! When thinking about purchasing a computer or technology gift for a loved one, we envision the many ways they might enjoy using it.

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