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Remove FBI Header virus

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as FBI Header Ransomware | Type: Ransomware

What is FBI Header?

FBI Header is a ransomware infection that accuses people of illegal activities in order to make them pay the ransom. It’s not a kind of a ransomware that encrypts personal data and requires to pay the money for the decryption key. It reminds us more a Ukash virus because it tends to lock the system down and prevent users from using both web browser and desktop. Therefore, if you have already received an alert from FBI Header, then you are in a serious trouble.

FBI Header virus is a serious infection that accuses its victims of viewing and distributing child pornography. That’s a very serious crime committing of which usually ends up with severe penalties. In order to make this accusation more threatening, once the Trojan FBI Header enters a target system, it causes redirects to the websites that contain child pornography and thus may seriously scare its victims. It has been found that FBI Header ransomware is hosted on random websites like, for instance, icugb.marchesachicago.club, iciihb.pratellousa.info, cjbrbb.marchesa.us and jwbfi.krazyprintablecoupons.com. One common feature of all hosted websites is that all of them are registered to the IP address 209.133.214.90 in UK.

FBI Header ransomware typically spreads via infected email attachments with a help of a Trojan. Once it is executed, the ransomware enables rootkit and blocks the user from accessing its desktop, web browser, and stops other crucial functionalities. Right after that, the only thing that the user can see is a ransom note that demands to pay $500 ransom via PayPal if the user does not want to be brought to justice. At any rate, do not pay the ransom because you will only support cyber criminals. The only possible solution is to remove FBI Header virus ASAP. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego may be helpful for you in this case.

FBI Header virus

How can FBI Header hijack my computer?

As we have already mentioned, spam email is by far the most commonly used method to distribute FBI Header virus. To be more precise, it may be dispersed as an attached file to spam emails that are supposedly delivered by various authorities and inform about such issues as taxes, late payments, unpaid purchases, and so on. However, that’s not the only way of distribution. It may also infiltrate your computer via drive-by download on an illegal website, Styx and Infinity Exploit Kits, and similar means. Therefore, you should be extremely careful when browsing the net. Most importantly – avoid opening doubtful emails, especially their attachments, and do not visit illegal/corrupted websites. In case FBI Header ransomware has already locked your computer, the best that you can do is to rely on a reputable anti-spyware because it’s not possible to remove it manually, as well as paying the ransom is NOT recommended.

How to remove FBI Header virus?

Once FBI Header virus affects the system, it injects itself as a startup program, which is why rebooting the system will not help you fight against this pesky ransomware. By the way, it may also block your access to Windows Task Manager, what means that you may not be allowed to terminate malicious processes. Therefore, the only way to remove FBI Header virus from the system, is a full system check with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes.

However, it may also block your attempts to launch an anti-virus because all files that belong to FBI Header may be located in the Temp folder under Windows directory in order to prevent detection. In order to help you to deal with FBI Header, our security experts have prepared a detailed step-by-step removal instructions that are given down below:

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To remove FBI Header virus, follow these steps:

Remove FBI Header using Safe Mode with Networking

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove FBI Header

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete FBI Header removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove FBI Header using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of FBI Header. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that FBI Header removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from FBI Header and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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