Police Central E-Crime Unit "Threat of Prosecution Reminder" virus - how to unlock your PC?
Specialist Crime Directorate Police Central E-Crime Unit message "Threat of Prosecution Reminder" is a ransomware infection from a family called Adneukine. It's a scam developed by Cyber criminals which aims to scare unsuspecting PC users into paying a fake fine for supposedly made copyright law violations. This particular variant is targeted at computer users from United Kingdom, other it's versions are translated to various languages and adapt to the location of the PC that they infect. This ransomware virus forces users into paying a fake fine of 100 Pounds using Ukash or PaySafeCard. For example the same ransomware infection on a computer located in USA would show itself as being sent from Internet Crime Complaint Center and would ask to pay $500 in order to unlock user's PC.
Needless to say that computer users shouldn't pay this fine, it's fake and if you do pay it you will send your money to Cyber criminals. Police Central E-Crime Unit ransomware is using Ukash and MoneyPak for money transactions, this money transferring method is used to make their tracking more complicated for real authorities. If you see such message blocking your computer's screen you should understand that it's a scam - none of the authorities or other organizations are using such methods to collect fines for low violations.
Different variant of this ransomware virus:
Police Central E-Crime Unit message which blocks computer user's screen shouldn't be trusted. United Kingdom's authority has nothing to do with this message, if you pay this fine you will loose your money and your PC will still be locked. Your computer could have got infected with this scam while you were visiting malicious websites or downloading video codecs from non legitimate sources. Most commonly ransomware infections infiltrate user's computers using found security vulnerabilities. To prevent such incidents one should always keep your operating system and all of the installed programs updated. PC users should also use legitimate antispyware and antivirus programs. If you computer's screen is already locked by Police E-Crime Unit ransomware you can use the provided removal guide and eliminate this scam from your PC.
Fake message presented in Police Central E-Crime Unit virus:
Specialist Crime Directorate
Police Central E-Crime Unit
Threat of Prosecution Reminder
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and
illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 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 downloading prohibited Pornographic content (Child porn, Zoofilia, etc.), thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the United States of America. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years. Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of the United Stets of America of May 28, 2011, this law infringement (if it is not repeated - first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine to the State.Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated.
Police Central E-Crime Unit virus removal:
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 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.
If you can't start your computer in safe mode with networking, try doing a system restore.
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 ransomware.
Alternative Police Central E-Crime Unit virus 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 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 virus 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 virus: