What is 'This computer was automatically blocked' virus?
'This computer was automatically blocked. Reason: Pirated software has been detected' is a fake warning message that may show up on your PC's desktop out of nowhere. If you are looking at such warning right now, it's a sign that your computer is infected with ransomware. Programs that are labeled like that have ability not only to show this and similar alerts. They can also disable computers, disconnect them from the Internet connection and block legitimate programs that are installed on them. If you would try to check this alert closer, you would see that This computer was automatically blocked virus (also known as Pirated software has been detected virus) is trying to trick you into thinking that you are dealing with a group of governmental authorities, such as the Department of Justice and other ones, that are trying to defend software creators. It typically claims that computer is filled with copyrighted content, pirated software, prohibited videos, etc. and then asks to pay a fine of 500 euros or or 500 CAD. Quite impressive right? However, no matter that it claims that this will help you to unblock your PC, we are not sure about that. Please, do NOT pay any fines because your money will be sent to hackers! In order to unblock your computer, you should scan it with the reputable anti-spyware and remove malicious files from it. For that we recommend using Reimage. By the way, just like many other viruses, This computer was automatically blocked virus and other ransomwares have started affecting mobile devices. If you noticed this fake warning message on your phone's screen, you should try checking it with BullGuard Mobile Security.
How can 'This computer was automatically blocked' virus infect my computer?
We have already reported about more than one hundred of different ransomwares. The most popular of them is FBI virus. This cyber threat is very similar to it, so there is no surprise that its distribution techniques are very similar. One of the mostly used methods for infecting people with this threat relies on misleading emails. Beware that they may look very convincing and may inform you about such 'important' things as missing payments, discounts, purchases, etc. In addition, This computer was automatically blocked virus can also appear on your computer after downloading a fake update for Java, Flash Player, FLV Player, etc. In order to be sure that you are downloading a program that you really need, you should visit its official website. In addition, you should ignore ads that show up on your PC during your browsing because they might be involved to the distribution of such suspicious programs. Once inside the system, This computer was automatically blocked. Reason: Pirated software has been detected ransomware starts displaying such alert:
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).
How to remove This computer was automatically blocked 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 Securityor 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.