Department of Justice virus is another screen locker spread by cyber criminals for money extortion scam. They exploit names that might easily scare people if come along with allegations in a crime and reminder about possible persecution should a victim refuse to pay fine for violation of law. This ransomware is spread and installed with a help of Trojans. So, it infects computers silently, and when Department of Justice virus is installed, it is configured to run on Windows startup and block starting all other programs. This helps Department of Justice virus to control infected computer and protect itself by locking user’s access to the desktop and other system controls. Then the scary message is displayed to a victim that becomes shocked by sudden screen lock. It accuses a victim in violation of law that regulates prohibited content on the Internet and demands a fine of $200 paid within 72 hours. Some people fall victims of Department of Justice virus and pay ransom to cyber criminals.
Cyber criminals expect victims to pay since the sum of ransom is not that scary to a victim as the promised persecution and punishment with a huge amount of money or bringing a victim to jail. The shock of being suddenly alleged and threatened, along with computer being locked, make people scared and ready to pay ransom unless they learn, or guess, that government wouldn’t lock computers for small violation that might occur on the Internet without any fault on victim’s side. Scared people often fail to conclude that government barely would use a payment system with literally untraceable money transfers like MoneyPak and Ukash. It would cause a lot of legal contests should such system be used for collecting fines. Cyber scams press a victim with a shot term given for payment and getting out of more trouble, and this pressure interferes with clear thinking and attempts to find more information beore making any payment.
Do not get scared of these often poor imitations and deceptive claims faked by cyber criminals, and do not believe that they will unlock your computer after payment is made as promised. They wouldn’t take a risk of exposing themselves. You need to remove Department of Justice virus yourself, either manually or with a help of special removal tool, before your computer will start working.
Department of Justice virus Removal Guide
- Remove Department of Justice Virus Manually
- Department of Justice virus Removal Tool
- Complete Department of Justice Virus Removal
Department of Justice virus Removal Tool
Even removing ransomware with a help of automated removal tool might be a challenge to unexperienced user. Manual removal process might be just overwhelming and frustrate users without experience in removing malware or system administration skills.
Department of Justice Virus Removal Tool, offered by Security Stronghold along with True Sword antispyware scanner, makes the removal easy for inexperienced user and let to removes other malicious programs for free for a full year. These tools are professionally maintained to address possible changes in virus design. This solution is inexpensive, backed up by free tech support and money back guaranty.
Remove Department of Justice virus manually
First, you can try to get rid of Department of Justice virus by starting your system in a Safe Mode and run Windows system restore. You need to choose a restore point set before Department of Justice virus infected your computer. The system will revert changes made by virus and return to the working state. The system restore will clean some of malicious files and settings. Them you can delete files that are left. If the system restore will help to remove the virus, do not assume that you system is clean. Some viruses are specially designed to infect your system restore backup files, and you need to scan them with your updated antivirus software to find and remove this viruses.
If the first way doesn’t help to remove Department of Justice virus, then reboot your PC in a “Safe Mode with Command Prompt“, and run command regedit.exe. This command will open your Registry Editor. Then you need to navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and look for the path to the virus EXE file located in the right pane. Write this path and file name down and replace it with “explorer.exe“. Then, you can restart your computer, find and delete file that you wrote down. Use the information below to remove other files and folders that belong to this virus.
Remove Department of Justice virus entries from system registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run [ random name ].exe
Delete Department of Justice virus files:
%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\ [random 8 chars and numbers]
%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\[random 3 chars ] \ [random name].exe
Delete Department of Justice virus folders:
%Application Data%\Microsoft\Windows\ [ random 3 chars ]
Note: If these procedures of manual removal look difficult, then it is better to use removal tools for Department of Justice virus removal. You also can look at the Removal Help articles located on the sidebar. They describe basic elements of removal process and help you to use Windows utilities. Be especially careful while working with Registry Editor since small errors in the registry might cause big problems to your system and the need to reinstall it anew. With removal tools you can delete Department of Justice viruswithout excessive effort and trouble.
Complete Department of Justice virus removal
Threats like Department of Justice virus come silently with Trojans. They get in because users completely rely on security software or don’t use it at all. Unfortunately, viruses come to the world first, and only then antivirus cures become available. The gap in time helps new viruses infect both protected and unprotected computer systems unless a user take some precaution while working with suspicious web sources and content. Users that are not careful with internet browsing and email risk to get their computers infected.
After you remove Department of Justice virus or stop its process from blocking your computer, you need to scan your system for threats that were not removed with your antivirus program. To make sure that nothing is missed, you need to make another scan with one of free antivirus scanners offered by well-known and trusted manufacturers.
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