Ministerio del Interior (Gobierno de Espana) Virus
The Ministerio del Interior Virus is not an actual virus but a ransomware Trojan that affects computers systems with an IP address located in Spain. While viruses are malware infections designed to corrupt files and spread within a computer on their own, Trojans like the Ministerio del Interior Virus spread via social engineering, essentially convincing the victims to install the malware infection themselves, or with the help of other malware. The Ministerio del Interior Virus carries out a well known scam that involves accusing the victim of criminal activity and then blackmailing the victim so that they will pay a ransom of a couple hundred Euros. This scam is quite common and there are variants popping up all throughout Europe and North America. The main thing to remember about the Ministerio del Interior Virus is never to follow its instructions or believe its claims since they are lies created to steal money from inexperienced computer users.
The Ministerio del Interior Virus is designed to block access to the victim's computer. To do this, the Ministerio del Interior Virus displays a full screen window that cannot be moved, closed or altered. The Ministerio del Interior Virus also blocks access to the Windows desktop, Task Manager, Start Menu and other potential ways of bypassing the Ministerio del Interior Virus message. The Ministerio del Interior Virus message itself claims that the victim's computer infringed the law and then follows up with a scary list of potential infractions and their punishments, such as dealing with child pornography, carrying out terrorist activities and distributing media files copied illegally, all of which are punishable with years of jail time and fines of thousands of Euros. Claiming to be a message from the police, the Ministerio del Interior Virus claims that the victim should pay a fine of two hundred Euros in order to regain control of the infected computer.
One important detail is to understand that paying the Ministerio del Interior Virus' fine will not remove this malware threat from your computer or allow you to regain access to your operating system. Because of this, ESG security researchers advise computer users to remove the Ministerio del Interior Virus instead with the help of a reliable anti-malware program. The Ministerio del Interior Virus message can be bypassed by using a different start-up technique to boot Windows, such as starting up from an external drive or in Safe Mode.
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