How to Remove “Firewall of the United States” virus

This morning, when I open my computer, I was stunned to see that the desktop has taken up by wallpaper that says “The Firewall of the United States – Computer Blocked”. I know this virus pretends to be from legal agency. It only gives me 72 hours to pay the fine of $200 through GreenDot MoneyPak voucher.

I presume that problem with “Firewall of the United States” virus started when I visited a web site that offers free download. I obtained a game and cracked it by running the attached code. My antivirus detects a virus infection of the file but I just ignore it. I know it is a big mistake on my part. However, there were no signs of infection for the whole day. It just appeared this morning. Maybe “Firewall of the United States” virus requires Windows to reboot to be effective.

Here are some excerpts from the ransom program:

“THE FIREWALL OF THE UNITED STATES
COMPUTER BLOCKED
Your computer is blocked due to Americans by the US Government Firewall
Illegally downloaded material (audio, videos or software) has been located on your computer.”

I cannot run a scan at this moment because the Firewall virus is blocking my access to the computer. It is also active in Safe Mode of Windows so there is no way to scan the system from there. Please help me.

2 Responses

  1. junely says:

    To disinfect Adware or Malware from a computer, I always use Panda Cloud Cleaner. Just follow these steps.
    1. Download Panda Cloud Cleaner from the server. http://acs.pandasoftware.com/pandacloudcleaner/installers/support/PandaCloudCleaner.exe
    2. Save the file on your hard drive or any safe location on your computer.
    3. After you download the file PandaCloudCleaner.exe, double-click to run it.
    4. Proceed with the installation of the program. It will create an icon on your desktop after the installation process.
    5. Double-click the icon to run the program.
    6. Select “Accept and Scan” button when prompted. Panda Cloud Cleaner needs to download essential updates from the server. Then, it starts scanning the computer.
    7. Let the program to submit generated report. Lastly, you can clean or remove detected viruses.

    Run another scan with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
    To seal the removal process, you must run another scan using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. This tool is very effective in getting rid of malware infections. The free version of this program can detect and remove malware including Firewall of the United States that is blocking the computer. Although, this program is not a substitute for your anti-virus software because it doesn’t have a protection module. You must upgrade to full version if you want a version with real time scanning and shield. Download MBAM here.

    This procedure should delete all items related to Firewall of the United States virus.

  2. DJ says:

    You are right. This is a pretty notorious virus and user feels like that they have done some illegal activity and this legal notice is to warn them and to pay the fine. Simple way to get rid of this virus is a complete system scan with any of the antivirus (Norton, kaspersky, Immunet Plus, Bitdefender) which you have installed in your system.

    Once your system antivirus detects this virus, it will be automatically removed. There are manual ways to remove it, but need registry code deletion and hence, it is advisable for experts. Your antivirus or malwarebytes will remove this virus easily.