United States Courts Ransomware

United States Courts Ransomware Description

Type: Possibly Unwanted Program

ScreenshotThe United States Courts Ransomware infection is a Police Ransomware Trojan that carries out a typical version of this well known scam. Basically, the United States Courts Ransomware infection prevents its victims from accessing their Desktop until they pay a supposed police fine. Essentially, the United States Courts Ransomware holds the infected computer hostage for a ransom. In its ransom message, the United States Courts Ransomware Trojan claims that the United States Courts have issued an order to prosecute you for accessing copyrighted content online. The United States Courts Ransomware requires the payment of a $300 fine within two days through MoneyPak, a well known money transfer service available in the United States. It is imperative to know that paying this amount will usually not unlock your computer.

How the United States Courts Ransomware Tries to Scare You into Paying Its 'Fine'

To scare inexperienced computer users into paying its 'fine', the United States Courts Ransomware infection uses a variety of tactics. Because of these, Police Ransomware Trojans are also classified as forms of scareware, which are malware infections designed to scare inexperienced computer users so that they can be scammed in a variety of ways. Some ways in which the United States Courts Ransomware tries to scare you include the following:

  • The United States Courts Ransomware Trojan uses an alarming ransom message claiming that your computer was blocked by law enforcement.
  • The United States Courts Ransomware message uses convoluted legalese and official sounding language to scare computer users into believing that the United States Courts Ransomware is part of a legitimate government operation. The United States Courts Ransomware also contains emblems and badges that make the United States Courts Ransomware resemble an official communication from the government.
  • The United States Courts Ransomware message lists possible consequences for not paying the so called 'fine', including years of jail time and fines of thousands of dollars.
  • ESG malware analysts have received reports that the United States Courts Ransomware uses the victim's web cam to take a picture of the affected computer user, integrating this picture into its message to make it seems as it was the police that has identified the victim through this picture.

One critical detail to have in mind is that the United States Courts Ransomware is not affiliated with the police in any way and that its message is a lie meant to steal your money. ESG security researchers strongly advise computer users to get the assistance of an anti-malware program to delete a United States Courts Ransomware infection.

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