New malware has appeared that takes advantage of the 2016 presidential elections in the US. The virus displays a fraudulent lock screen message claiming it is originating from the CIA. The message displays that the malware is a legitimate program that aims to make sure nobody cheats duing the 2016 election and it’s purpose is human verification by paying a hefty sum of 50$ via PaySafeCard. Anyone who came across the message from the picture above should immediately remove this malware from their computer by reading the information in this article.
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Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control
|Short Description||The malware displays a fake message that prompts victims to verify that they are human by paying $50 to a PaySafeCard account.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness the images of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton along with a long note which aims to rope them into falling for this scam.|
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How Is CIA Election AntiCheat Malware Spread?
There may either be malicious files or malicious web links linking to files associated with CIA Election AntiCheat malware. Such objects may be distributed via several different ways, the primary of which is believed to be massive e-mail spam campaigns undertaken by cyber-criminals. Such spam campaigns are often related to either spam bots or external spammers whose services may have been requested by CIA Election AntiCheat Malware. Not only this, but CIA Election AntiCheat is also believed to use other methods to spread like social media websites or file sharing services.
CIA Election Control Malware – More Information
This virus is both old and new because it uses a tactic that is well-known for most police ransomware viruses that are combined with a lock-screen message and this is nothing revolutionary.
Even the police message aims to induce fear in the average user (voter) just like FBI ransomware variants do:
What is new in this malware, however, is that it uses PaySafeCard methods for it’s payment which is not typical for most lock screen viruses as they use BitCoin.
The virus is even pre-programmed to scan for a valid PaySafeCard code:
After this is performed, the virus displays a message that states wether the PaySafeCard payment is complete or there is an error and if there is an error, it even displays what that error is:
These type of cheap lock-screen scams are nothing new and malware researchers strongly advise users who have been affected not to pay any type of ransom fee because there is no such thing as a CIA AntiCheat Control for the American people. Instead, we urge you to remove this virus from your computer completely.
Removing CIA Election Control Malware Safely
You can go hunting for the malicious files that the malware has created by following the manual instructions in our article and looking for files with commonly generated malicious names and in the often targeted Windows folders:
Another safer and more effective strategy is to boot your computer in Safe Mode to isolate CIA Election Control malware and scan it via an advanced anti-malware program that should make sure the virus’s files as well as the registry subkeys and value strings I has modified or created are automatically and fully removed, instructions for which you may find below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control
Step 2: Uninstall Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control will be removed.
Eliminate Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.