Arestocrat Virus Removal

Arestocrat Virus, also known as Department of Justice Virus, or Fake DOJ (FBI) warning infection, is a ransomware virus. It locks your desktop, so you cannot access your computer. It displays a message which informs you that you are accused of visiting websites with child pornography on them and of copyright infringement. As is evident from the name of the category in which this type of virus falls in, it wants your money.

This virus is a part of the Ukash Virus family. It is similar to infections such as FBI Virus and United States Courts Virus. Because it presents itself as the United States Department of Justice, this virus only targets users from the USA. The virus poses as a local law enforcement agency and displays fake messages accusing people of illegal activities. There are many other versions of this various each one of which targets users in specific countries. Every version has an interface adapted for its targeted country.

Although a part of the Ukash Virus group, this infection uses Moneypak as a payment transfer system. The message it displays informs users that they have been performing illegal activities and are obliged to pay a $200 fine. They have 72 hours to comply, or else they will be arrested. Absolutely do not pay any sum of money. You have committed no crime, and no one will come to arrest you. This is a scam. Even if you find the so-called fine to be a small sum for you, do not pay. Paying of the scammers may not result in your computer getting unlocked. Keep in mind that this virus can only lock your screen, it cannot delete any files on your computer. So, if you see such a message, ignore it. What you should do is remove the virus at once.

In order to remove the virus, first you will have to unlock your computer. If you want to use your computer in normal mode, then you will have to remove the virus altogether. Below are instructions on how to temporarily circumvent the lockdown in order to install an antimalware tool that will remove the virus.

Bypassing lockdown to install antimalware tool

Windows Vista or Windows 7:
1. Restart the PC.
2. As soon as BIOS loads up, repeatedly tap F8.
3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from Advanced Boot Menu by using the arrow keys.
4. Tap Enter.
5. Download and install SpyHunter.

Windows XP:
1. Restart the PC.
2. Immediately start tapping the F8 key.
3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from Advanced Boot Menu by using the arrow keys.
4. Tap Enter.
5. An alert will appear on your Desktop, click Yes.
6. Go to the Start menu and launch RUN.
7. Type msconfig in the box and click OK.
8. In the System Configuration Utility click on the Startup tab.
9. Select Disable All and click OK.
10. Download SpyHunter.
11. Start the PC in a normal mode and install the application.

Windows 8:
1. Press the Windows key for the Metro UI start screen to appear and launch an Internet browser.
2. Download SpyHunter.
Install the tool, and perform a full system scan to delete discovered threats.

It is best that you have a reliable antimalware tool installed on your computer to protect it from these and other types of threats. Even after you have removed the Arestocrat Virus there are not guarantees that some other infection has not entered your system.
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