Posted by Dan Steiner on Dec 20, 2012
Is your computer locked by the Department of Justice? Does a window come up saying you’ve committed crimes such as pornography or copyright infringement? Are you unable to boot into Windows? Have you been blocked by the United States Department of Justice? Is the Department of Justice a real program? Can I remove the Department of Justice Window? Do I need to send money to the Department of Justice?
The Department of Justice window is a scam, and a virus in itself. Under no circumstances should you send any money to the cyber-criminals who created it.
The United States Department of Justice virus has been constantly changing and becoming more and more difficult to remove. Generally users notice they suddenly can’t log on to their computers and are blocked or locked out with a window that claims they have broken a law and must pay a fine. The virus does not delete any of your data or damage any of your programs, it only blocks entry into your desktop until you pay the ransom via MoneyPak. Recently, we’ve noticed a string of more difficult to remove viruses, and our previous removal guide was unable to help many users.
Operating systems affected by The Department of Justice Virus are: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
The first thing we need to do is to shut the computer down. Make sure the computer is completely off! Once the computer is turned off, we need to turn it back on and boot into Safe Mode with Networking
To do this, press the power button then immediately start tapping the F8 Key on your keyboard.
Within a few seconds, you will notice the Windows Advanced Options Menu. Using your arrow keys to choose the Safe Mode with Networking option, press Enter. (Screenshot provided below)
Safe Mode with Networking will then load a variety of files and drivers, so do not worry as this is perfectly normal. You will then see your account’s user icon. Once you see it, log into your account to view your Windows’ Desktop as normally.
You will now need to open your web browser, and nearly any web browser will suffice: Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Google Chrome for starters.
The easiest way to remove Win 7 Security Cleaner Pro is with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This is hands down the easiest and most effective tools available for malware removal (and it doesn’t cost anything to use!)
Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware as you would any other program. Once the installation process begins, the software may download new definitions and update the program, so give it a few minutes and allow it to update appropriately. Once the updates are completely and you are viewing the following screen below, you are ready to use it:
Select the Full Scan box, then select Scan to begin the scanning for malware. Ensure drive C: is selected, then select Scan once more.
Once the scan is finished, select OK to look at the files then select Show Results.
You will now notice a variety of infected files and registry keys. Ensure the detected objects are selected, then select Remove Selected.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will inform you that you must reboot. This is perfectly normal, and will provide the software with the opportunity to remove the infected files.
Your PC will now boot up as normally without the virus infected your machine. Open a few of your regularly-used software and ensure everything is working as normally.
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This particular virus can be tricky to remove in some situations. Here are some tricks to remove even the nastiest variations of the Department of Justice Virus.
Windows XP Users If the computer crashes when attempting to get into Safe Mode, try selecting Directory Services Restore Mode
Windows 7/Vista Users If you’re unable to get into Safe Mode, try to run a System Restore.