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A new type of Lockscreen Trojan that belongs to the Police variants has been discovered out in the wild. The malware arrives directly from foreign hosts, creates multiple files and registry objects. After this it restricts the user access to his PC, displaying a ransom message which imitates Homeland Security message stating the user has committed a crime. Everyone who has been affected by this malware is strongly advised to follow the step-by-step manual after this article to get rid of it as fast as possible.

NameHomeland Security Ransomware
TypeLockscreen Trojan
Short DescriptionThe trojan locks the computer of the user and claims to be Police malware convicting the user of crimes.
SymptomsThe user may be restricted to access his computer.
Distribution MethodVia other malware or malicious URLs.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Homeland Security Ransomware
User Experience Join our forum to discuss Homeland Security Ransomware.
Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

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Homeland Security Ransomware – Distribution

To be distributed throughout the web, this malware is strongly believed to be featured in malicious URLs concealed by TOR networking. Researchers from Symantec report the following hosts to be the download URLs of the malware on the victim computers.

  • http://myfiles(.)pro/uploads/127585935
  • http://77.222.153.252:88/tor

Such web links may issue the so-called drive-by download which installs the payload of the malware without the user’s consent and knowledge.

Malicious URLs like the ones above are being spread via several methods online:

  • Via spam in social media.
  • Via other malware.
  • Via spammed URLs in email messages that redirect to them.

Homeland Security Ransomware In Detail

The trojan’s payload consists only of one file in the Windir\Tasks\Microsoft directory –
Microsoft auto update.job.

The Trojan also makes registry entries to allow it to run on Windows Startup as well as perform other unauthorized tasks:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\”SD” = “%SystemDrive%\[file with random characters]”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\”SD” = “%SystemDrive%\[file with random characters]”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\AuthRoot\Certificates\D9065B55F1FF613ECCA839F70A14A3C40EDD7303\”Blob” = [file with random characters] HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\”DisableTaskMgr” = 0x00000001
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system\”HideFastUserSwitching” = 0x00000001
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system\”DisableChangePassword” = 0x00000001
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system\”DisableLockWorkstation” = 0x00000001
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\SRService\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\AppMgmt\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\CryptSvc\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\DcomLaunch\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\EventLog\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\HelpSvc\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\Netlogon\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\PlugPlay\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\RpcSs\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\WinMgmt\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\dmadmin\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Minimal\dmserver\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\AFD\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\AppMgmt\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\Browser\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\CryptSvc\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\DcomLaunch\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\Dhcp\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\DnsCache\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\EventLog\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\HelpSvc\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\LanmanServer\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\LanmanWorkstation\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\LmHosts\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\Messenger\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\Ndisuio\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\NetBIOS\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\NetBT\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\NetMan\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\Netlogon\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\NtLmSsp\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\PlugPlay\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\RpcSs\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\SRService\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\SharedAccess\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\Tcpip\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\WZCSVC\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\WinMgmt\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\dmadmin\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\dmserver\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\rdsessmgr\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\Network\termservice\”(Default)” = “Service”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBootCP\”AlternateShell” = “cmd.exe”
Souce: Symantec Security Response

After creating the malicious registry entries, the Trojan may begin to connect to a remote location.
Finally, the ransomware changes the user’s screen to something that appears to be a locked screensaver. It has the logo of Homeland Security and a message convicting the victim of pornographic crimes.

Remove Homeland Security Ransomware and Unlock Your Screen

To get rid of this malware, it is strongly advisable to use the instructions that are provided below. They are methodologically arranged for maximum effectiveness when attempting to remove this malware.

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Homeland Security Ransomware

1. Boot Your PC Into Safe Mode

1. For Windows 7,XP and Vista. 2. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.

For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
2. Select one of the two options provided below:

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.

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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.

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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

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While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu

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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.

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Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.

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Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.

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Step 6: Click on Restart.
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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 Homeland Security Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

2. Remove Homeland Security Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Homeland Security Ransomware.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Homeland Security Ransomware.
Step 1:Click on the “Download” button to proceed to SpyHunter’s download page.

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It is highly recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter.

Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Homeland Security Ransomware files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

3. Back up your data to secure it against infections by Homeland Security Ransomware in the future

3. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

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 case of system failure caused by Homeland Security Ransomware. To set up backup in Windows, please follow these steps:

1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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2-Type Backup And Restore
3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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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.
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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.
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6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Homeland Security Ransomware.
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1-Press Windows button + R
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2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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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.
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5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Homeland Security Ransomware.

1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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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 Homeland Security Ransomware is on.
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Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Homeland Security Ransomware should be restored.

NOTE! Substantial notification about the Homeland Security Ransomware threat: Manual removal of Homeland Security Ransomware requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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