Association of Chief Police Officers Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Severe
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 will be unable to access your desktop and presented with a deceptive message stating that you need to download paid security updates in order to unlock your operating system. This message is a scam - cyber criminals use screen lockers such as this to steal money from unsuspecting computer users.
This ransomware delivers a message implying that your Windows system was blocked because you visited pornographic or infected websites. This statement is part of the scam and is false. In fact, no authorities, including the Association of Chief Police Officers, use screen lockers to collect funds for law infringements or security updates. Cyber criminals responsible for the Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware use Ukash and Paysafecard (pre-paid cards) in order to transfer the money for the fake security update. This method of money transfer is very difficult to track. Do not trust any information displayed by this screen locker - it is a scam.
Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware is distributed using black-hole exploit kits, drive-by downloads, and Trojans. Your computer can be infected with this screen locker if you visit malicious websites or open infected e-mail attachments. The best way to prevent security infections such as this from entering your PC is to use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Also keep your operating system and installed programs up-to-date. If your PC is already infected with Association of Chief Police Officers scam, use the removal guide provided to eliminate it from your PC.
A deceptive message displayed by 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 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 codes 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, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account 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 detected.
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 the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and 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 the Explorer window - do not 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, 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 in the Data column is Explorer.exe - if you see something else displayed in this window, remove it and type Explorer.exe (take a note of whatever else was displayed in the Data column - this is the 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 legitimate anti-spyware software and perform a full system scan to eliminate any remnants of Interpol Department of Cybercrime ransomware.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt) boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal more complicated. For this step, you need access to another computer. After removing Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with legitimate antispyware software to remove any remnants of this security infection.
Anti-spyware programs known to detect and remove Association of Chief Police Officers ransomware: