Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus (Ransomware)

Posted: November 30, 2012

Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus (Ransomware) Description

Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus Screenshot 1The Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus is ransomware that displays fake legal warnings as a convenient excuse for insisting on fraudulent legal fines through Paysafecard. Although the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus appears to target French-speaking PC users in particular, SpywareRemove.com malware research team has previously analyzed numerous examples of very similar ransomware that target other regions throughout Europe and North America. Since the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus displays a highly visible fake legal warning and will stop you from using other programs while the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus is open, you shouldn't have any excuse against reacting to a Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus infection promptly and using appropriate anti-malware strategies to remove the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus from your computer (without paying its fine).

Criminals on the Horizon... that Are Pretending to Be the Law

The Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus uses the same tactics that Winlock, Lockscreen and Reveton Trojans all are notorious for utilizing: pretending to be digital emissaries of your local law enforcement agency that have locked your PC down due to its association with various Internet crimes. The Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus's pop-up, accordingly, accuses you of trafficking in child pornography and other unsavory types of media while the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus cites legislation like the United States's SOPA and PIPA.

Curiously, although the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus displays its warning in French, the legislation that the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus cites is specific to the United States – and, even more meaningfully than that, has not had congressional approval for implementation. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers only can estimate that the criminals behind the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus simply selected the names of notorious bills without contemplating the lack of believability behind the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus's threats.

The Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus requests that you pay a fine to make its warning message and other symptoms go away, although there's no legal reason why you should feel obligated to give 100 Euros to the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus's criminal partners. Like most ransomware Trojans, the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus has a preference for payment methods like Ukash and Paysafecard, which SpywareRemove.com malware analysts note can be used to help identify the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus and similar digital hoaxes that portray themselves as law enforcement alerts.

Saving Your PC from the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus – Whether or Not You're a Pirate

The Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus also will block you from using other programs while the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus is open. Paired with its ability, like most malware, to launch itself automatically as soon as Windows starts, you'll need to disable the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus before you can take additional steps to remove the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus from your PC. To accomplish this, SpywareRemove.com malware experts recommend that you attempt rebooting into Safe Mode first, and use other methods (such as booting your OS from a removable device) if Safe Mode is inadequate at deactivating the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus.

As ransomware that may make sweeping and negative security changes, the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus should be removed by anti-malware programs that are certain to be able to detect and delete all of its components. Ransomware Trojans like Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus have been known to use multiple infection vectors, including spam e-mail links, social networking-based scams and drive-by-download attacks.

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Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1STOP PIRACY
Document-maître de infractions
SOPA (Loi Piratage de Logiciels en Ligne) et PIPA (PROTECT Loi sur la Propriété Intellectuelle) a détecté qui vous utilizez le piratage de contenu sur votre ordinateur, tels que:
Système d'exploitation (OS) qui n’a pas été installe de manière légale, les matériaux enfants Porno (CP) sur votre PC; logiciel que vous avez utilisé pour le moment (installé avec OS) ne sont pas légitimes.
2STOP PIRACY
Master document offenses
SOPA (Law Online Software Piracy) and PIPA (PROTECT Intellectual Property Act) detected that you utilizez piracy of content on your computer, such as:
Operating system (OS) has not been settled legally, materials Porno Children (CP) on your PC software you use at the moment (installed with OS) are not legitimate.

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