What Is FBI Moneypak Ransomware and What Does It Do?
FBI Moneypak ransomware is a typical ransomware infection that once installed will display a fake FBI message in order to scare the victim and make him pay the required sum via MoneyPak. FBI Moneypak ransomware is similar to PCEU ransomware, the Gema Virus and Buma Stemra Virus. The threat can be eliminated through the same AV products used to remove the above-mentioned ransomware. All of these infections have the same pattern of behavior.
The message displayed by FBI Moneypak ransomware claims that the victim’s system has been locked because of crimes involving intellectual property, for example, downloading illegal mp3s. The ransomware message even states that the alleged illegal activities have been recorded. Experts assure you that the displayed message has nothing to do with the authorities.
FBI Moneypak ransomware will try to block your access to the majority of the programs on the compromised machine, as long as the ransomware is active. What you can do is boot your PC and scan the system with a legit anti-malware product to remove the infection from your computer.
FBI Moneypak ransomware – Distribution Technique
FBI Moneypak ransomware, just like many other threats from the same type, is usually distributed through spam email messages or malicious websites. Either way, once activated it will lock the screen of your computer, display a ransom message on your desktop and demand a fee to unlock the machine and the compromised files and documents. The cyber criminals went so far as to even suggesting a few retailers that support the MonyPak service, in the ransomware note.
Paying the fee is supposed to set your PC free, but security experts recommend you do not pay the required sum, because there is no guarantee that you will have your computer unlocked if you do hand your money to the crooks.
How to Remove FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Your PC?
If every time you try to log into your system you see the ransomware message displayed by FBI Moneypak ransomware, you should use common anti-malware techniques to eliminate the threat. An important step is to deactivate the ransomware before you try to clean the entire system of infections, because of the ability of FBI Moneypak ransomware to block unrelated programs. Here is what you can do:
Boot your PC from a removable hard drive to prevent the activation of malicious Registry entries.
If needed, use Safe Mode in order to minimize the risk of activating potential threats as you start Windows.
Scan your system with a trustworthy anti-malware product for free.
Follow the steps provided below to delete FBI Moneypak Ransomware from your computer permanently.
- Guide 1: How to Remove FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FBI Moneypak Ransomware
Step 2: Uninstall FBI Moneypak Ransomware 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 FBI Moneypak Ransomware 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 FBI Moneypak Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FBI Moneypak Ransomware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FBI Moneypak Ransomware 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 FBI Moneypak Ransomware 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 FBI Moneypak Ransomware 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 FBI Moneypak Ransomware 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 FBI Moneypak Ransomware 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 FBI Moneypak Ransomware 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 FBI Moneypak Ransomware will be removed.
Eliminate FBI Moneypak Ransomware 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.