Association of Chief Police Officers Virus - how to remove it?
Association of Chief Police Officers is a ransomware infection which was created by Cyber criminals. When this security infection infiltrates your PC you won't be able to access your desktop and you will be presented with a deceptive message stating that you have to download some paid security updates in order to unlock your operating system. You should realize that this message is a total scam, Cyber criminals are using such screen lockers to steal money from unsuspecting computer users
. The statement that your Windows system was blocked because you visited pornographic or infected websites is completely false. In reality none of the authorities including Association of Chief Police Officers are using such screen lockers to collect funds for law infringements or for some unknown paid security updates. Cyber criminals who are responsible for Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware are using Ukash and Paysafecard (pre-paid cards) to transfer the money for the fake security update, this method of money transfer is very hard to track. Don't trust any information that is shown by this screen locker it's a scam.
Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware is distributed using black-hole exploit kits, drive-by downloads and Trojans. Your computer could have got infected with this screen locker while you visited some malicious websites or you opened an infected e-mail attachment. The best way to stop such security infections from entering your PC are using a legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs, you should also keep your operating system and all of your installed programs up-to-date. If you PC is already infected with Association of Chief Police Officers scam you can use the provided removal guide and eliminate it from your PC.
Deceptive message shown in Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware:
Association of Chief Police Officers
For security reasons, your Windows system has been blocked! The reason can be visiting the infected or pornographic sites. The computer has approached to critical condition because of which the system can break and all data can be lost. For having possibility to restore system, you should install the additional security updates. The paid update is intended for very infected systems. This update completely protects your system from viruses and malware, stabilizes your computer system and avoids data loss. Your computer system will be restored (cured) soon, to do this you need enter a code for transfer 100 pounds Paysafecard or Ukash systems. You can buy it (code) at any gas station or newsstand. Such comes can be also purchased where recharge cards are on sale. Immediately after entering a code and checking its correctness your computer system will be upgraded and protected - all Trojans and viruses will be removed.
Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware 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 Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware. 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 Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware 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.
1. 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. In the opened command prompt type explorer and press Enter. This command will open explorer window, don't close it and continue to the next step.
3. In the command prompt type regedit and press Enter. This will open the registry editor window.
4. In the registry editor window you should navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
5. In the right side of the window locate "Shell" and right click on it. Click on Modify. The default value data is Explorer.exe if you see something else written in this window remove it and type in Explorer.exe (you can write down whatever else was written in the value data section - this is a path of the rogue execution file) - use this information to navigate to the rogue executable and remove it.
6. Restart your computer, download and install a legitimate anti-spyware software and perform a full system scan to eliminate any left remnants of Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware.
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 Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware from your PC restart your computer and scan it with a legitimate antispyware software to remove any possibly left remnants of this security infection.
Anti-spyware programs known to detect and remove Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware: