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Arestocrat Virus

Posted: June 4, 2013

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 65
First Seen: June 4, 2013
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Arestocrat Virus is an upgraded variant of the ransomware Trojan that's responsible for generating the United States Department of Justice Pop-up Alert, which is itself, based on earlier forms of European ransomware Trojans. Other than the addition of a new pop-up that displays prior to the main Department of Justice alert, the Arestocrat Virus doesn't show any major differentiations from its ancestors, and SpywareRemove.com malware experts still suggest the usual methods of disabling and removing the Arestocrat Virus that they would recommend for most kinds of ransomware Trojans. In no circumstance should you ever pay the fine that Arestocrat Virus requests or assume that its accusations of criminal activities related to your computer hold any accuracy whatsoever – the Arestocrat Virus is incapable of detecting such crimes and isn't linked to the Department of Justice in any way.

The Arestocrat Virus: Not Exactly a King Among Trojans

The Arestocrat Virus is a very recent addition to the ever-increasing category of ransomware-based Trojans, and issues the usual threats about your PC being used for child pornography-related activities, downloading copyright-protected content, etc. The Arestocrat Virus's attacks are confirmed to have compatibility with Windows 7 systems, as well as other versions of Windows, and have been an active malware campaign since at least March 2013. Because the Arestocrat Virus's attacks are fairly generic for its type of PC threat, SpywareRemove.com malware experts easily can point to very similar types of ransomware Trojans, such as the FBI Green Dot Moneypak Virus, the United States Department of Justice Pop-up Alert, the Federal Department of Justice and Police Virus, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Virus, Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) Ransomware and the 'Metropolitan Police Ukash Virus.

In fact, the only symptom to separate the Arestocrat Virus from other ransomware Trojans is its brief implementation of an 'Arestocrat' pop-up, which displays before the primary ransomware attack. The main ransomware attack, as usual, asks you to pay a fee to the authorities to unlock your computer, and claims to have legally blocked your PC as a penalty for a series of online crimes. However, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers stress the importance of understanding that the Arestocrat Virus is not affiliated with any nation's law enforcement agency and does not have the ability to detect crimes on your computer. The bluff's only purpose, therefore, is to frighten its victims into paying an Arestocrat Virus's ransom.

Humbling a Not-So-Noble Arestocrat Virus

Since the Arestocrat Virus blocks your ability to launch most other applications, working around the Arestocrat Virus' software-blocking attack and pop-up should be your initial worry. From long experience with similar system-barricading PC threats, SpywareRemove.com malware analysts can recommend booting into Safe Mode, using a dual-boot setup or booting from any USB flash drive to resolve this seemingly insurmountable barrier.

With Arestocrat Virus's blockade out of the way, most anti-malware applications should be capable of removing the Arestocrat Virus in perfect safety. Since the Arestocrat Virus is a newer variant of preexisting forms of Police Ransomware Trojans, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers do suggest making certain that all anti-malware tools being used are operating from the most recently-updated threat databases as is possible to acquire.

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