The United States Courts Ransomware is a computer virus that hinders access to your Windows desktop and data files until you pay a fine in the amount of $300. It displays a bogus threat of legal prosecution indicating that the computer that it has compromised has been involved in illegally downloaded material such as, mp3s, movies or software. The United States Courts virus will also take a picture of the person that logs into the computer and it will display that photo as an added scare tactic. It also states that the fine must be paid through MoneyPak within 48 hours to avoid it's fake legal threats. The time limit is just another scare tactic to get you to pay the ransom quickly.
The United States Courts Ransomware Displays a Warning That Includes:
YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED
Criminal Case NO. 4:12CV072011
Illegally downloaded material (MP3's, Movies or Software) has been located on your computer.
By downloading or uploading, those files have been reproduced, thereby involving a criminal offense under 17 U.S.C.A. SS506(a) and 18 USCA SS2319 (2)(A)(B).
(a) Whoever violates section 506(a) (relating to criminal offenses) of title 17 shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section and such penalties shall be in addition to any other provisions of the title 17 or any other law. (b) Any person who commits an offense under subsection (a) of this section--
(2) shall be fined not more than $250,000 or imprisoned for not more than two years, or both, if the offense:
(A) involves the reproduction of distribution, during any one-hundred-and-eighty-day period, or more than one ten but less than one hundred phono records or copies infringing the copyright in one of more sound recordings;
(B) involves the reproduction or distribution, during any one-hundred-and-eighty-day period, of more than two but less than sixty-five copies infringing the copyright in one or more motion pictures or other audiovisual works.
To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obligated to pay a release of $300. Payable through GreenDot Moneypak. After successful payment, your computer will automatically unlock.
Failure to adhere to this request will involve criminal charges and possible imprisonment.
To perform the payment, enter the acquired GreenDot Moneypak code in the designated payment field and press the "Submit" button.
Please note: This find may only be paid within 48 hours, if you left 48 hours pass without payment, the possibility of unlocking computer expires.
In this case the criminal case against you will continue automatically.
To remove the United States Courts ransomware, you'll need to download two utilities onto a clean computer and then transfer them to the infected computer via a burned cd/dvd. Those utilities include:
At this stage your computer should be clear of the United States Courts ransomware. If it still shows signs of the original infection, proceed to the removal techniques below.
If there are still indications of the original infection, you’ll need to perform an additional scan with one more utility. For this technique you’ll need to download copies of:
You should be able to download the utilities at this stage from “Safe Mode with Networking”.
Smith Technical Resources makes no guarantees or claims that the information contained in this article will help you completely remove the above listed malicious program(s) from your computer. There are several variations of each particular virus in the wild . And the procedure listed above may not be adequate for the specific version of the virus that your computer has been compromised by.
If you feel uncomfortable performing any of the procedures that we've listed on this page, please contact a professional computer repair company in your area and have them complete the needed repairs on your computer. Smith Technical Resources takes no responsibility for any possible damage that could result from your use of the above instructions.