Danger level 8
Type: Malware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Blocks internet connection
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes

Internet Crime Complaint Center Virus

Internet Crime Complaint Center Virus is a ransomware virus which disables the system’s settings so that there is no access to when the PC is booted up. The reasons why the PC is locked down are presented in a misleading full-screen message. As this threat is one of a great number of fraudulent ransomware infections presented as supposedly sent by a law enforcement agency, you should not trust Internet Crime Complaint Center Virus and remove it instead.

According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center message, the owner or user of the computer has broken the Copyright and Related Rights Law that prohibits the use of copyrighted content. Therefore, you are obliged to pay a fine of $500 imposed by the Department of Federal Bureau of Investigation:

You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content

Such and similar accusations are present in other ransomware viruses such as Guardia Di Finanza virus, Poliisi virus and others. Typically, the money is required to be paid through Paysafecard or Ukash. As the latter is the most common in such infections, researches call these threats Ukash viruses.

However, in the case of Internet Crime Complaint Center Virus, cyber criminals have chosen MoneyPak. Do not pay that considerable sum of money, because after paying the money, you might not get the system’s settings restored. Instead, remove Internet Crime Complaint Center Virus from the system as soon as you can so that the infection does not have a chance to download new malware or corrupt the system even more.

You do not need to worry about the removal, because we want to help you in this case. Our advice is to use SpyHunter, which is a professional spyware removal tool. It will do everything for you automatically, so the only task of yours is to install the tool properly. You can use its free scanner which is available below, but first please read the instructions so that you can install the scanner properly.

Windows Vista/7

1. Restart the computer.
2. Wait for the BIOS screen (information on your hardware) to disappear and immediately start tapping the F8 key.
3. By using arrow keys, select Safe Mode with Networking.
4. Press Enter.
5. Go to http://www.pcthreat.com/download-sph and download SpyHunter.
6. Install it and run a scan to remove Internet Crime Complaint Center Virus.

Windows XP

1. Reboot the PC.
2. Once the BIOS screen (information on your hardware) disappears, start tapping F8.
3. Select Safe Mode with Networking by using arrow keys and press Enter.
4. Click on Yes when a dialog box appears.
5. Open the Start menu.
6. Launch Run.
7. Type “msconfig” in the box given and press OK.
8. In System Configuration Utility, open the Startup tab.
9. Select the Disable All button.
10. Click on Apply.
11. Download SpyHunter.
12. Restart the PC.
13. Install the file downloaded and scan the system for the infection.

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  1. george Dec 18, 2012

    unable to start computer in safe mode keeps going back to complaint center . I have been able to go to command prompt but do not know what to do then

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