U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus Description
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus is a Police Ransomware Trojan infection that should be removed immediately from an infected computer. Computers infected with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus will be locked, preventing the computer user from accessing the Windows Desktop or any files stored on the infected computer. Instead, they will receive a bogus notification indicating that the infected computer was blocked by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security due to supposed illegal activities such as viewing illegal websites or distributing copyrighted media and software. In fact, this message has no connection to any law enforcement agency; rather, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus is one of the many variants of the Urausy family of Police Ransomware Trojans. Although the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus message suggests that you can unlock your computer by paying a 'fine' through MoneyPak, this is just part of the scam and will not remove this threat from your computer.
How Criminals Distribute the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus can use various ways to invade its victims' computers. There are three main ways in which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus spreads:
- Malware like the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus and the countless variants of this scam may be distributed through legitimate websites that have been hacked. Criminals can compromise a legitimate website by inserting malicious scripts so that they will infect visitors with malware. A computer user visiting a compromised website may have the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus dropped into their computer in a malicious operation typically referred to as a 'drive-by download'.
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus and other Police Ransomware Trojans can also spread through spam email messages that contain malicious links or file attachments. These will usually be disguised as legitimate files or links to legitimate content but will actually install malware on the victim's computer.
- One other common way in which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus spreads is by disguising its malicious file as something else which the computer user may be interested in downloading. These bogus files are then planted on file sharing networks of peer-to-peer and other sites in an attempt to hook inexperienced computer users. For example, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus may be present in torrents disguised as popular, recent movies or cracked computer games.
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Security Doesn't Let You Download SpyHunter or Access the Internet?
Solutions: Your computer may have malware hiding in memory that prevents any program, including SpyHunter, from executing on your computer. Follow to download SpyHunter and gain access to the Internet:
- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
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