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Spamhaus Ransomware

Posted: April 16, 2013

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 44
First Seen: April 16, 2013
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Spamhaus Ransomware Screenshot 1The Spamhaus Ransomware is a Trojan that generates a fake legal warning that claims to have locked your computer on account of its distribution (either willingly or accidentally) of malware. The truth behind these attacks is that the Spamhaus Ransomware actually isn't affiliated with Spamhaus – a legitimate anti-spam organization – and will lock your computer even if the Spamhaus Ransomware, itself is the only kind of malware that's on your hard drive. Even though, compared to a typical Police Trojan, the Spamhaus Ransomware uses a different kind of pop-up warning, The Spamhaus Ransomware still is malicious, and SpywareRemove.com malware analysts highlight that its ransoms never should be paid. Anti-malware products may remove the Spamhaus Ransomware safely and avoiding the Spamhaus Ransomware's lockdown can be done with the standard security techniques that are described in this article.

Why a Name Isn't Everything in the War Against Spam

Although the Spamhaus Ransomware doesn't make any direct reference to the local police of any region, more effort appears to have been put into the design of the Spamhaus Ransomware's fake alert than that of the standard Police Ransomware Trojan. The Spamhaus Ransomware's pop-up warning conforms to the basic aesthetics of the Spamhaus website and also includes a mention of the American Patriot Act, another reference to the Spamhaus's XBL Advisory (a list of spam attack sources), and even a timer that counts down until you pay its ransom. However, these details don't make the Spamhaus Ransomware any less illegal than the Spamhaus Ransomware is by default, and SpywareRemove.com malware experts emphasize that the real Spamhaus has denounced the Spamhaus Ransomware explicitly.

The Spamhaus Ransomware locks your computer with its pop-up under the pretense of preventing you from distributing malware, spam and comparable PC threats, but it's important to understand that the Spamhaus Ransomware's attacks take place even if your computer is, otherwise, completely healthy. Neither is there any reason to take the Spamhaus Ransomware's MoneyPak ransom demands or its ominous countdown timer seriously.

Currently, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers are unable to confirm the means by which Spamhaus Ransomware infects new computers, but, in general, online exploit kits that are hosted on hacked websites are one of the most probable sources of infection by ransomware-based Trojans.

Taking Your Computer Back from the Fake Anti-Spam Authorities

Given its choice of legal citations, the Spamhaus Ransomware's attacks appear to be pointed at US residents, but the Spamhaus Ransomware and similar PC threats also may prove equally inconvenient to PCs in other countries. Compatibility for Windows PCs has been verified, but whether or not the Spamhaus Ransomware is a viable threat against Linux, Mac or other brands of OSes remains under investigation.

While Spamhaus Ransomware wouldn't want you to be aware of this, any ransomware-based lockdown like the pamhaus Ransomware's pop-up lock can be unlocked without paying the associated 'fine.' Instead, just disable the Spamhaus Ransomware by booting in Safe Mode, which is available to all Windows computers by default. If Safe Mode is inaccessible or fails at disabling all PC threats, SpywareRemove.com malware experts also suggest loading a backup OS from any peripheral drive.

With the Spamhaus Ransomware and its pop-up disabled, deleting the Spamhaus Ransomware should not be difficult, as long as you use suitable anti-malware programs to be certain of disinfecting your computer entirely.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Spamhaus Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1Spamhaus online agent v. 2.0.8
The Spamhaus project
Working to Protect Networks Wordwide
You have 48 hours left to enter your payment.
You have lost control over your computer. Your system and all your files has been blocked and encrypted because you were spreading the Malware (viruses, Trojans, worms). You are breaking numerous International and USA laws.