PCeU virus removal instructions
Police Central e-crime Unit is a ransomware which locks computer user's desktop and asks to pay a fine of £100. This malicious program is targeted at computer users who live in Great Britain. The message that is presented to people who gets infected with this scam states that you computer has been locked because you have been violating copyright laws. Internet criminals who designed and released this screen locker are hoping that you will fall for this trickery and you will pay the fine to unlock your PC.
To further scare you into believing that this message is real and it comes from Police Central e-crime Unit this screen locker access your web cam and displays a video of you or whatever your web cam is pointing at. Having in mind that most PC users are using web cams for live chat purposes (Skype, etc.) you will see an image of yourself in this ransomware. When creating this scam Cyber criminals were aware of the fact that many computer users are using P2P networks to download copyrighted music, videos etc. and this ransowmware can look very authentic. Till now none of the authorities are using such methods to fight Internet piracy issues. You should ignore this message and remove Police Central e-crime Unit scam from your computer, don't pay for this fake screen locker - you will send your money to Internet criminals.
Another variant of this ransomware virus - PCeU (Police Central e-crime Unit) "Your Internet service provider is blocked", originates from a family called Revoyem (DirtyDecrypt). Notice that at the time of writing this article no known tools are available to decrypt the files encrypted by this ransomware virus.
Ransomware virus from Kovter family:
Most commonly Police Central e-crime Unit screen locker is distributed through malicious websites which exploits security vulnerabilities in user's PC and executes this ransomware on your computer. Such misleading websites are created daily, Internet criminals are also able to hijack legitimate websites and make them another distribution point for their bogus software and screen lockers. To avoid Police Central e-crime Unit from entering your PC you should update your operating system and all of your installed programs, you should also use a legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Don't fall for this deceptive message and remove this scam from your PC.
Ukash (Smart Voucher Limited) is a legitimate company and it's not related to ransomware viruses - Cyber criminals are using this service to extort money from unsuspecting PC users.
Fake message shown in PCeU virus:
Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below. You have been violation Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain. Article 128 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years. You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porno, Zoofilia and etc). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
PCeU virus removal:
Start your computer in safe mode. Click Start, then click Shut down. Select Restart and click OK. During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up, then select Safe mode with networking from the list and press ENTER.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account that is infected with Police Central e-crime Unit scam. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all the entries that it detects.
After completing these steps your computer should be clean, reboot your computer in normal mode.
Alternative Police Central e-crime Unit scam removal guide:
If this ransomware blocks your screen when you start your computer in safe mode with networking, try starting your PC in safe mode with command prompt.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt - During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up, then select Safe mode with command prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When command prompt mode loads enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window click "Next".
5. Select one of the available restore point and click "Next" (this will restore your computer's system to an earlier time and date, before the ransomware infiltrated your PC).
6. In the opened window click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date download and scan your PC with a recommended anti-spyware software to eliminate any left remnants of Police Central e-crime Unit virus.
If you can't start your computer in safe mode with networking (or with command prompt) you should boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disables safe mode making it's removal more complicated. For this step you will need access to another computer. After removing Police Central e-crime Unit scam from your PC restart your computer and scan it with a legitimate antispyware software to remove any possibly left remnants of this security infection.
Other tools known to remove Police Central e-crime Unit scam:
Other methods which can be used to eliminate this ransomware infection from your PC:
Remove Police Central e-crime Unit virus using a Rescue Disk.