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Remove Penalty Notice virus (Removal Instructions)

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Penalty Notice virus threatens to fine and imprison the computer user for crimes one has never committed

Penalty Notice virus is malicious software, which is sometimes called as scareware, but generally, it belongs to ransomware category. There are numerous variants of this virus, including FBI virus, or even versions for mobile devices, for example, Police Locker that targets Android devices. All these viruses are created to scare the computer user, block his or hers device, and demand ransom in exchange for access to the device. Typically, Penalty Notice ransomware viruses accuse the victim of violating a certain law and say that the infringement can incur criminal liability such as an enormous fine or even imprisonment. However, such viruses offer a “compromise” – the victim pays a smaller fine, or a “bribe” within 24 hours, and this settles the case out of court. Clearly, the penal system doesn’t work this way, but scared users might believe in such scam. Nowadays, more and more victims fall for these scams and pay ransoms, which is disappointing. The majority of such viruses are simply screen locker and not crypto-trojans, so victims simply need to remove Penalty Notice virus to get rid of the annoying message on the screen. There are various names of this virus that malware analysts use to describe such viruses, for example, Ransoc virus or Notice of Imposition of Fine virus.

Questions about Penalty Notice virus

Penalty Notice virus launches a full-screen window that looks like a real message from legal authorities. This virus provides fake penalty details, asks the user to pay $100 until the specified date, and informs the victim about content that was ostensibly found on the system:

  1. Child sexual abuse materials – $200,000/40 years in prison;
  2. Materials that violate the intellectual property rights – $150,000 per instance;
  3. Suspicious activity – $100,000/10 years in jail.

To make the message even more convincing and scary, criminals insert a picture of a fake camera pointing at victim’s screen with a message that says “All activity of this PC is being recorded using video, audio, and other devices. Saved data will be used for identification and will be sent to government agencies.” Later on, the message gets even more suspicious. It says that the victim now must pay the penalty within 3 hours since the receipt of the alert. What is more, the virus promises to refund the money to the victim if one does not get caught for the same infringements again within 180 days. Clearly, it is a scam, and victims should not believe what this phony message says.

Penalty Notice virus

In November 2016, another version of this screen locker has emerged, and this one is dubbed Ransoc (Ransom+Social) ransomware. This virus is more sophisticated because it implements a little research on the compromised computer before actually displaying the penalty notice. The virus checks user’s social media accounts, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, and also Torrent software if the victim has it on the computer. What is interesting is that this malware variant actually checks the computer system for files associated with child pornography and files downloaded via Torrent software. The virus customizes the Notice of Imposition of Fine screen based on what it finds and accuses the victim of infringements made. To enhance the effect, the virus inserts profile pictures taken from victim’s social media profiles, urges to pay a fine of $500 to settle the case out of court, and threatens to publish data collected from user’s computer, and send the case straight to the court. If the victim clicks a certain button to pay the ransom, he/she gets redirected to a page that asks to enter credit card details, personal information, and other sensitive data. Speaking of such viruses, it is quite unusual to ask the victim to pay the ransom with a credit card and not via Bitcoin payment system. Again, this ransomware is nothing but a program that covers your computer with a screen, and to remove Penalty Notice virus, you need to follow instructions provided at the end of this post. For Penalty Notice removal, we suggest using the Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego software.

How did I get infected with this screen-locking ransomware?

Reportedly, this malware spreads via malware-laden ads that can be encountered on adult-oriented Internet pages. Victims can also accidentally install this virus along bogus software updates, or received via email. Apparently, this virus is more sophisticated than typical ransomware viruses; however, its distribution techniques hardly differ from standard malware delivery methods. To prevent its infiltration, set up a shield on your computer with anti-malware software, avoid clicking on too-good-to-be-true ads, also banners and pop-ups that emerge on pornographic content sites, and do not install software updates or browser plug-ins from websites that are unfamiliar to you.

Penalty Notice virus removal

If you are ready for Penalty Notice removal, firstly please carefully read instructions provided under this post. You need to start your PC in a Safe Mode with Networking to use the anti-malware tool. We strongly suggest using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego software, but you can use any other reputable anti-malware software that you want. Do not waste any time and remove Penalty Notice virus right now – open these instructions on your phone or on other computer and carefully follow them.

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Ransoc ransomware

To remove Penalty Notice virus, follow these steps:

Remove Penalty Notice using Safe Mode with Networking

First of all, reboot your computer using instructions provided below. Then install a malware remover or launch the one you already have and scan the system to detect malicious files related to this virus.

  • 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 Penalty Notice

    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 Penalty Notice removal.

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

Remove Penalty Notice 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 Penalty Notice. 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 Penalty Notice removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Penalty Notice 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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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. Javie says:
    November 17th, 2016 at 11:21 am

    THANKS! I seriously was SO confused when this nasty message popped on my screen…

  2. mazzy says:
    November 17th, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Penalty notice scared the c$$p out of me…

  3. Angelica says:
    November 17th, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I am abominated by this virus! It is so disgusting! How dare criminals say such things about innocent people!!

  4. Slay says:
    November 17th, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Thanks so much for explaining how to remove this virus! I was scared but quickly realized that these accusations cannot be real.

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