About a week ago I was online when all of a sudden all the internet explorer windows closed at once and a screen with the U.S. Department of Justice logo and this message appeared: "The work of your computer has been suspended on the grounds of the violation of the law of the United States of America."
I did a little research and found out this is a type of "hostageware"
The PC is an HP m370n Media Center PC 160 GB HD, 2 GB RAM with Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3.
I tried to start windows in safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, safe mode, last known working configuration, and normally, however it was unsuccesful in any safe mode or last known working configuration. When the PC starts up the desktop loads as normal and I am able to move the mouse around and click on start but after a few seconds the hostageware message loads and locks up the PC. I've seen a window while having the start menu open that says "Arestocrat" and I'm not sure what that is but I'm guessing probably the hostageware virus. I have tried going into msconfig and restarting in safe mode but you only have a few seconds and the virus locks up the PC. Pressing the power button only restarts the PC and you have to hold it down to shut it off.
I tried loading the Hitman.Pro program onto a USB drive but it didn't work in either of the 3 options.
Is there any way to use the USB drive to load another type of tool that will remove the virus? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.