What is 'Pirated Software has been Detected' virus?
Pirated Software has been Detected virus (also known as This computer was automatically blocked virus) is a dangerous ransomware, which was released in the end of November, 2014. As you may have already understood, it used for stealing people's money by convincing them that they can easily get into jail because they have pirated software installed on their computers. No matter how convincing 'This computer was automatically blocked. Reason: Pirated software has been detected' alert looks, you should realize that it has nothing to do with the Department of Justice and other governmental authorities. It belongs to hackers who have been using this tricky technique for ages. It has been used when spreading FBI virus, Department of Justice Virus and many other ransomwares. If Pirated Software has been Detected virus enters computer, it modifies the system and blocks it. In addition, it starts displaying a huge warning message saying that PC was locked due to illegal activity (the use of pirated software). In addition, victim is asked to pay a ransom of 500 euros or or 500 CAD in order to avoid the federal prison and bigger penalties. Please, do NOT believe Pirated Software has been Detected virus. No matter how convincing it looks, it's just a malicious program used for stealing the money. Besides, you can never be sure that after paying this 'fine' your PC will be unblocked…
How can Pirated Software has been Detected virus infect my computer?
Just like many other ransomwares, this virus is spread with a help of fake updates, illegal programs and dangerous websites. That's why you should always be very careful when browsing the net. Please, avoid suspicious websites that look too good to be true. In addition, stay away from ads saying that you need to update your Flash Player, FLV Player or similar programs. In most of the cases, such ads are used for spreading suspicious and totally useless programs. Finally, you should avoid ads offering such things as 'online scanners' because there is no such thing as online scanner. If Pirated Software has been Detected virus enters computer, it displays a warning message, which says:
This computer was automatically blocked. Reason: Pirated software has been detected
Wilful copyright infringement is a federal crime that carries penalties of up to five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution (17 U.S.C s.506, 18 U.S.C s.2319)
As a first-time offender you are required by law to pay a fine of 500 EUR.
If the fine is not paid within three days, a warrant will be issued for your arrest,
which will be forwarded to your local authorities. You will be charged, fined, convicted for up to 5 years.
How to pay a fine? There are two ways to pay a fine:
1. You can pay the fine online through BitCoin. BitCoin is available nationwide. Click the tabs below to find the nearest vendor. You computer will be unblocked after the payment is made.
2. (Offline Option) You can come to your local courthouse and pay the fine at the ‘Cashiers’ window.
A special restoration software will be sent to you by mail within a week after payment is made.
To regain access now you must make a bitcoins transfer to the Department of Justice address (click to copy).
Of course, you should never trust this warning because it is fake. If it has already showed up on your PC's desktop, you should ignore it and perform steps that are given below in order to remove this dangerous ransomware from the system. As we have already said, this threat may try to block your computer, legitimate programs and Internet connection, so there is no surprise if you found that you can't launch your anti-malware. In this case, you should check a guide below that explains how to avoid that.
How to remove Pirated Software has been Detected virus?
When infected with Pirated software has been detected or This computer was automatically blocked virus, you should ignore its warning and scan your PC with updated anti-spyware. We recommend Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Malwarebytes Anti Malware, for that. If you can't launch any of these programs, follow steps that are given below:
Manual This computer was automatically blocked virus removal:
- Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable virus (this should be working with all versions of this threat)
- Run Regedit
- Search for WinLogon Entries and write down all the files that are not explorer.exe or blank. Replace them with explorer.exe.
- Search the registry for these files you have written down and delete the registry keys referencing the files.
- Reboot and run a full system scan with updated Reimage to remove leftovers of this virus.
* Flash drive method:
- Take another machine and use it to download Reimage or other reputable anti-malware program.
- Update the program and put into the USB drive or simple CD.
- In the meanwhile, reboot your infected machine to Safe Mode with command prompt and stick USB drive in it.
- Reboot computer infected with This computer was automatically blocked virus once more and run a full system scan.
* Users infected with This computer was automatically blocked virus are allowed to access other accounts on their Windows systems. If one of such accounts has administrator rights, you should be capable to launch anti-malware program.
* Try to deny the Flash to make your ransomware stop function as intended. In order to disable the Flash, go to Macromedia support and select 'Deny': http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html. After doing that, run a full system scan with anti-malware program.
If This computer was automatically blocked virus infected your Android-based mobile device, run BullGuard Mobile Security or follow these steps:
1. Reboot your Android device into Safe Mode:
- Find the power button and press it for a couple of seconds until you see a menu. Tap the Power off.
- Once you see a dialog window that offers you to reboot your Android to Safe Mode, select this option and OK.
If this failed to work for you, just turn off your device and then turn it on. Once it becomes active, try pressing and holding Menu, Volume Down, Volume Up or Volume Down and Volume Up together to see Safe Mode.
2. Uninstall malicious app (this virus may hide under BaDoink, Video Player, Network Driver System, Video Render, ScarePakage and other suspicious names):
- When in Safe Mode, go to Settings. Once there, click on Apps or Application manager (this may differ depending on your device).
- Here, look for previously mentioned malicious app(s) and uninstall all of them.
If this failed, enter a random, 15 digit length, code of imaginary MoneyPak xpress Packed voucher that is asked by This computer was automatically blocked virus or follow these steps:
- Go to Settings -> Security. Here, select Device administrators.
- Here, look for previously mentioned malicious app(s) and uncheck it
- In order to finish the removal of This computer was automatically blocked virus, select Deactivate and OK.