|Name||FBI Header Ransomware|
|Short Description||This is a typical Police Ransomware posing as the law and demanding ransom to decrypt encrypted user files of importance.|
|Symptoms||Encrypts user files with strong file encryption and uses unfamiliar extension to encrypt them (.crypt, .locker, .crpt, .fbi, etc).|
|Distribution Method||It may be distributed via crack or keygen programs in torrent sites. It may also be distributed via unsafe browsing, corrupted attachments, drive-by downloads, malicious apps, bundling etc.|
|Detection tool||Download Advanced anti-malware tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By FBI Header Ransomware|
A new Ransomware has emerged out into the open, resembling an authentic message from law enforcement. You may think: ‘My PC is secure I am careful and I never open cat videos from unauthorized sites’. But imagine this scenario – One day you come back home, switch on your PC to watch your favorite kitty fails and then ‘BANG!’ – you suddenly see your whole computer being helpless against a dangerous virus, locking out your access and encrypting your files. What you see is a message, saying that you have committed different crimes against humanity like pedophilia, downloading illegal porn, mp3s or any other sick activities and you must pay a ‘fine’ to the FBI to get your files back. This particular threat is not to be taken lightly, and experts advise to disconnect immediately your PC from the web and seek ways to decrypt your data.
FBI Header Ransomware – How Did It Infect My PC?
You may think that you are experienced in categorizing which sites are dangerous to your computer. But what if you have a suspicious browser extension on your PC that causes random pop-ups and redirects to third-party domains to flow? Or what if you had previously been affected with a rootkit virus on your computer that changes the locations you go to when you click on your search results on Google? These traps are so good that they have even made some experienced Power Users susceptible to them. Imagine you download your favorite program from a software site for the first time and you install it. Next thing you know while internetting, you get a malicious redirect that installs the malware by drive-by downloading it on your computer without your consent.
More about FBI Header Ransomware
Similar to FBI Moneypak, FBI uberarbeitet, FBI Cyber Department, FBI remanie, FBI renovo and other police ransowmare variants, this threat encrypts important files with strong encryption, making them next to impossible to decrypt in the best case. Once activated on the computer, the virus initially begins scanning the user PC for different file formats of relevance to the user (.pdf, .docx, .vdi, .xml, .txt, etc.). It then encrypts them with a strong algorithm, making them to look like corrupt for your PC.
After it has completed its initial phase, the virus then may leave a ransom note as your home page, your wallpaper or simply a document on your desktop. This nasty infection uses the reputation of FBI to induce fear in users and make them pay ransom money. Users report that except including instructions on payment methods that enable criminals to stay anonymous, it also had demanded 500$. The ransomware is also reported to feature a deadline after which the decryption keys are allegedly deleted forever.
And since it is a Trojan Horse after all, it might as well have downloader functions. Such may enable the nasty virus to not only track user activity on the PC at all times but also download other tools onto the PC that assist attackers. However, most ransomware criminals prefer only to encrypt the files and then break any active connection with the user because they cannot be traced back.
Removing FBI Header Ransomware
A professional would eliminate this ransomware by immediately reinstalling his OS and checking it for rootkits because professionals tend not to keep their vital data on their PCs. However, if you are stuck with your valuable data, immediately disconnect the computer from the internet. And don’t do it via the conventional Windows way either – you should either plug out the cable or turn off the Wi-Fi card on your computer. This will prevent any traps that may be activated in the form of scripts if you try to do manually anything other than following the cyber-criminals’ instructions.
This is why after disconnecting you should immediately restart your computer in Safe Mode (instructions for which we have provided below) and scan it with an advanced anti-malware program that will eradicate the thread from the ground up.
1. Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove FBI Header Ransomware.
For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Step 1: Open the Start Menu
Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
Step 6: Click on Restart.
Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.
2. Remove FBI Header Ransomware automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all FBI Header Ransomware associated objects.
Decrypting Your Files
To attempt decrypting your data, please check one of these two options.
Bear in mind that if done right, these decryption methods may take from hours to months and even years (i.e. never) depending on the strength and encryption algorithm. (AES, RSA)
Protecting and Restoring Your Backed Up Files
Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from FBI Header Ransomware (For Windows Users) please follow these simple instructions:
For Windows 7 and earlier:
1-Click on Windows Start Menu
2-Type Backup And Restore
3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by FBI Header Ransomware.
For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10:
1-Press Windows button + R
2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from FBI Header Ransomware.
Enabling Windows Defense Feature:
1- Press Windows button + R keys.
2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from FBI Header Ransomware is on.
Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by FBI Header Ransomware should be restored.
In case the instructions on how to make back-up are unclear, you can also check out this video. Also, make sure you find the right anti-malware program to protect yourself from any threats that may bring harm to your information or your PC.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter