Published Feb 10, 2014 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: JS/Phish (AVG) W32/Ransom.AFD!tr (Fortinet) JS/Redirector (McAfee) Troj/Ransom-AFD (Sophos)


Windows Defender detects and removes this threat.

This ransomware locks your PC and shows a full-screen message, commonly called a "lock screen".

It tries to convince you to pay a fine by claiming your PC has been used for illegal activities without your knowledge. The message is a fraud.

There is no one-size-fits-all response if you have been victimized by ransomware. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will give you access to your files.

If you've already paid, see our ransomware page for help on what to do now.

Run antivirus or antimalware software

Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware.

Advanced troubleshooting

To restore your PC, you might need to download and run Windows Defender Offline. See our advanced troubleshooting page for more help.

Get more help

You can also visit our advanced troubleshooting page or search the Microsoft virus and malware community for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

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