Do you know what Anonymous Virus is?
Anonymous Virus is a new version of Ukash virus ransomware infection. It locks down your computer and does not allow you to access your desktop no matter what you do. Despite the fact that Anonymous Virus comes from the Ukash virus group, it does not make use of official law enforcement agency symbols like FBI Moneypak, Polizia Slovena Ransomware or Europol Ransomware Virus. Instead it makes it seem as though your computer has been hacked by the infamous hacker group Anonymous. In a sense it is even scarier, because an average user is more likely to believe that hackers are more inclined to delete his files than an official law enforcement agency.
Anonymous Virus is distributed by Reveton Trojan. Although it is called a "virus", it is not a computer virus per se. As it has been mentioned above, this infection is a ransomware application, and it means that the only reason it arrives at your computer is money. Anonymous Virus's motives are obvious if you look at the message this infection displays on your screen:
Your computer has been hacked by the Anonymous Hackers Group and locked for the moment. All files have been encrypted. You need to pay a ransom of $100 within 24 hours to restore the computer back to normal. If the ransom is not paid on time all the contents of your computer will be deleted and your personal information such as your name, address, D.O.B, etc. will be published online, after this has been done the processor, ram and motherboard will be fried.
After having scared the user with the message above, Anonymous Virus provides a way out of this situation. It says that you can be the ransom fee via Ukash payment system, and your computer will be unlocked in 1 to 3 hours. Keeping in mind that the creators of the Ukash virus group make up thousands of dollars a day, it would be possible to say that a lot of users fall for this trap.
However, Anonymous hacktivist group does not hack into personal computers. They claim to be agitating for freedom of speech and information and are not interested in ripping random users off. However, since an average computer user is not familiar with what the Anonymous group really does, he is very likely to be tricked into thinking that his system is in danger.
However, paying the money will not solve the problem. You have to acquire SpyHunter and remove Anonymous Virus yourself, otherwise your desktop will remain locked. Since it is rather tricky to delete this ransomware from Windows XP, we recommend following the instructions below for full malware removal:
For Windows Vista & 7:
- Reset the computer and hit F8 to load system boot menu.
- Select Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter.
- Access the Internet and download SpyHunter at http://www.spyware-techie.com/download-sph
- Install the program and run full system scan to terminate the infection.
For Windows XP:
- Restart the computer and press F8.
- When system boot menu appears, choose Safe Mode with networking. Hit Enter.
- Click OK, if a table appears, to confirm.
- Open your browser and download SpyHunter.
- Open Start menu and click on Run.
- Type "msconfig" into blank and hit Enter.
- Click on Statup tab.
- Uncheck all programs on the menu and click OK to save changes.
- Restart your computer in Normal mode and Install SpyHunter to remove Anonymous Virus.
In non-techie terms:
Anonymous Virus is a dangerous computer infection that targets your money. You have to follow the instructions above in order to delete Anonymous Virus, and do not even think of spending your money on it.