What is the Master Penalty Document virus (Meister Penalty Document ransomware)?

The Master Penalty Document virus (Meister Penalty Document) is malware, categorized as ransomware that locks computer systems (holds them hostage) via full screen page, and demands a fine be paid in order to unlock the computer to use it again. The Master Penalty Document ransomware virus disguises itself as legitimate organizations, or as a document that such organizations as DMCA, PIPA, and SOPA use to catch internet users involved with copyright/pirated media. Please note, if you notice the red “STOP BLOCKED” screen pop-up (Meister Penalty virus screen), you are infected with malware and you are not in trouble with SOPA, PIPA, nor any DMCA laws.

Meister Master Penalty Document Virus

The Master Penalty Document virus and ransomware in general are very dangerous parasites that use generic, trojan-lock Trojans to actively infect computer systems and accommodate the type of ransomware infection.

If you notice signs of the Master Penalty Document virus DO NOT PAY THE FINE (see Ukash virus, Moneypak virus). Detect the issue, and remove the malware affecting your computer immediately. Such infections can collect sensitive and private information including browser activity, browser history, credit card numbers, passwords, social security numbers, and more via spyware-type tactics such as keylogging.

Master Penalty Document virus infection process

  • The Master Penalty Document virus infects a computer via Trojans that allow the parasite to attach to the given specifications of the system.
  • The Master Penalty Document virus prompts a full page screen on an infected computer making false claims that the computer has been involved with illegal activity, likely regarding pirated material. The full screen page also indicates that a fine must be paid in order to unlock the computer system.

The Master Penalty Document reads (English):

SOPA (Software Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT Intellectual Property Act) has detected that you used piracy content on your computer such as:Operating system (OS) which has NOT been installed IN LEGAL WAY: Child Porno materials (CP) on your PC, Software you used right now (installed with OS) ARE NOT LEGITIMATE. Your system HAS BEEN LOCKED and your data has been encrypted. To unlock your PC, decrypt your data and avoid arrest you MUST pay a penalty of 100 EURO. You can choose one of payment methods below: PaySafeCard, Ukash, CashU or MoneyPack. You should buy a voucher in many places near you: Walmart, OMV, 7 eleven, ESSO, Avia, epay, kiosks. Enter-code below to unlock your PC.

The Mesiter Penalty Document reads (German):

SOPA (Software Online Piracy Act) und PIPA (PROTECT Intellectual Property Act) hat festgestellt, dass Piraterie Inhalte verwendet auf Ihrem Computer wie: Betriebssystem (OS), die nicht in rechtlicher Weise installiert wurde: Kinder Porno Materialien (CP) auf Ihrem PC, Software, die Sie verwendet jetzt (installiert mit OS) sind keine legitimen. Ihr System wurde gesperrt und Ihre Daten verschlüsselt wurde. Um Ihren PC, entschlüsseln Sie Ihre Daten entsperren und vermeiden Verhaftung müssen Sie zahlen eine Strafe von 100 EURO. Sie können wählen Sie eine der Zahlungsmethoden unten: PaySafeCard, Ukash, CashU oder MoneyPack. Sollten Sie kaufen einen Gutschein in vielen Orten in Ihrer Nähe: Walmart, OMV, 7 eleven, ESSO, Avia, epay, Kioske. Unten eingeben-Code auf Ihren PC zu entsperren.

How to remove the Master Penalty Document virus

The Master Penalty Document virus can be removed using the options provided below. Please keep in mind when removing ransomware, several variants may be introduced, causing issues with the initial removal process. If this is the case, there are many suggestions and tips to troubleshoot the removal process such as “denying” flash or accessing a second user’s Windows account.

Master Penalty Document Virus Removal Options –  Ransomware

  1. Master Penalty Document Virus Removal Tools (Software)  – Scan and remove malware.
  2. System Restore (Troubleshoot) – Restore PC to date and time before ransomware infection.
  3. Safe Mode With Networking – Troubleshoot internet access, remove Master Penalty Document virus as intended.
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  • Users infected with ransomware such as the Master Penalty Document virus are often allowed to access other user accounts on Windows. If another account has administrator rights (at least one account) and has not been compromised by the Master Penalty Document virus, you should be able to launch an Antivirus-Malware scanner using the fresh account. It has also been noted that deleting the infecting account has removed the malicious Master Penalty Document malware files.
  • Some ransomware infections use flash to infecting systems. Try to deny Flash to make the Master Penalty Document infection stop functioning as it intended to. In order to disable Flash, visit Macromedia support and select Deny on the secure page: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html.
  • To learn more about similar ransomware and the instructions involved in removing the infections check out our previous article on the FBI virus. This article includes steps to use a flash drive and blank CDs to remove ransomware.

1. Master Penalty Document Virus Removal Tools (Software)

Malwarebytes is the most recommended Anti-Malware software used to scan, detect, and remove ransomware. Malwarebytes offers a free version, free trial, and pro version that include a scanner capable of removing the Master Penalty Document virus and malware that may be affecting your computer system.
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Once Antivirus (or AM) software is installed and updated (or if you already have your own) run a full system scan to remove the Master Penalty Document virus (ransomware) and other malware that is infecting your system alongside the noticeable symptoms of the Master Penalty Document virus.

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If you are not able to access your desktop in order to scan for and remove the Master Penalty Document virus, it is recommended to access your computer desktop using Safe Mode with Networking in order to install reputable software capable of removing malware affecting your system.

2. System Restore (Troubleshoot)

Perform a system restore to an automatic restore point created by Window’s each week and during system updates. System restores are great for troubleshooting the removal of stubborn software and malware.

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3. Safe Mode With Networking

In many cases with ransomware infections, internet access, or network connection is compromised. To troubleshoot internet or network access, in order to remove ransomware, use the instructions to enter your computer in Safe Mode with Networking below in order to manually remove Master Penalty Document malware (via files and registries) or install an Antivirus software with scanner to do so.

1.  As the computer is booting tap the F8 key continuously to reach the correct menu before it turns off on you (trust me, it’s possible). On the Advanced Boot Options screen that appears, use your keyboard to navigate to “Safe Mode with Networking” and press Enter.

Safe mode with networking

The screen may appear black with the words “safe mode” in all four corners. Click your mouse where windows start menu usually is to bring up the necessary browsing menu or window.

2. If you are able to access the internet, install software such as Malwarebytes and remove the Master Penalty Document ransomware virus.

3. If you still can’t access the Internet after restarting in safe mode with networking, try resetting your Internet Explorer proxy settings using the 2 separate options detailed below.

How To Reset Internet Explorer Proxy Settings

Option 1
  • In Windows 7 click the Start button . In the search box type run and in the list of results click Run.
  • In Windows Vista click the Start button and then click Run.
  • In Windows XP click Start and then click Run.

Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box and click OK:

reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” /v ProxyEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  • In Windows 7 click the Start button. In the search box type run and  in the list of results click Run.
  • In Windows Vista click the Start button and then click Run.
  • In Windows XP click Start and then click Run.

Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box and click OK:

reg delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” /v ProxyServer /f

Restart Internet Explorer and then follow the steps listed previously to run the scanner.

Option 2
  • Launch Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools >Internet Options >Connections tab.
  • Click the Lan Settings button and uncheck the box labeled Use a proxy server for your LAN. Click OK.

LAN Tab

4. It is now recommended to download Malwarebytes (free or paid version) and run a full system scan to remove the Master Penalty Document virus and other third-party malware infecting your computer system.

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