United Kingdom Police Virus

Also Known As: United Kingdom Police Ransomware
Type: Ransomware
Damage level: Severe
Distribution: High
Damage Level

United Kingdom Police Virus "Your PC is blocked" removal instructions

What is United Kingdom Police?

The United Kingdom Police message blocks computer users' screens, demanding payment of a £100 GBP fine for alleged copyright law violations. This message is a scam created by Cyber criminals who make money from PC users who fall for their trickery and pay the bogus fine. Note that genuine authorities from the United Kingdom do not use messages such as this to collect fines for any law violations. The names of the Cheshire Police Authority, PCeU, Metropolitan Police, and ICSPA are exploited by cyber criminals to make their fake message appear authentic.

This ransomware infection originates from a family of screen lockers called Urausy. Infections from this family are localized such that PC users from different countries are presented with variants of the message designed to appear as if sent from local authorities. For example, PC users from the USA will observe this message as if sent by the FBI Cyber Crime Division; computer users from Australia as a warning from the Australian Federal Police. No international authorities use this type of message to collect fines. Therefore, if you see one demanding payment, ignore it - it is a scam.

United Kingdom Police - Your PC is blocked scam

Update July 18, 2013: Cyber criminals have released a new variant of the United Kingdom Police ransomware virus - METROPOLITAN BRITISH POLICE, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) "Computer Blocked" Virus

United Kingdom Police ransomware is merely a scam which should not be trusted. Paying this fine is the equivalent to sending money to cyber criminals. As with other ransomware infections from the Urausy family, this screen locker is proliferated using Trojans and drive-by downloads. To extort bogus fines from unsuspecting PC users, cyber criminals use the Ukash and PaySafeCard pre-paid card services, making the tracking of their illegal activities more complicated for genuine authorities. If you see the United Kingdom Police message blocking your desktop, your PC is infected with ransomware.  Use this removal guide to eliminate the scam.

Ukash (Smart Voucher Limited) is a legitimate company and not related to ransomware viruses - cyber criminals use this service to extort money from unsuspecting PC users.

A fake message displayed byUnited Kingdom Police ransomware:

ATTENTION! Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below. You have been violating. 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 200 to 500 minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophilia 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 4 to 12 years. Illegal access to computer data has been initiated from your PC, or you have been... Article 208 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to £100,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 9 years.
Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law On Neglectful Use of Personal Computer. Article 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of £2,000 to £8,000. Spam distribution or other unlawful advertising has been effected from your PC as a profit. seeking activity or without your knowledge, your PC may be infected by malware.
Article 212 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to £250,000 and a deprivation of liberty of up to 6 years. In case this activity has been effected without your knowledge, you fall under the above mentioned article 210 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain.
Your personality and address are currently being identified, a criminal case is going to be initiated against you under one or more articles specified above within the next 72 hours. Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of Great Britain of February 04, 2013, 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 against you automatically within the next 72 hours! The amount of fine is £100. You can pay a fine Ukash or PaySafeCard. When you pay the fine, your PC will get unlocked in Ito 72 hours after the money is put into the State's account. Since your PC is unlocked, you will be given 7 days to correct all violations. In case all violations are not corrected after 7 working days, your PC will be blocked again, and a criminal case will be initiated against you automatically under one or more articles specified above.

Quick menu:

United Kingdom Police virus removal:

Step 1

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.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click on Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window select Advanced startup. Click on "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

 

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the United Kingdom Police virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

remover for United Kingdom Police virus

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Cannot boot in Safe Mode with Networking? (United Kingdom Police virus blocks Safe Mode with Networking)

If you have more than one user account on your operating system, please log-in to a clean account and download recommended malware removal software, install it, and run a full system scan. Remove all security infections detected. If, however, you have only one user account, please follow this guide (the guide describes how to create a new user account using Safe Mode with Command Prompt - using this newly-created user account, you will be able to remove the United Kingdom Police ransomware).

If the United Kingdom Police scam also blocks your operating system's Safe Mode with Networking, follow these removal instructions:

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.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt Mode loads, enter the following line: net user removevirus /add and press ENTER.

alt

3. Next, enter this line: net localgroup administrators removevirus /add and press ENTER.

creating new user using command prompt

4. Finally, enter this line: shutdown -r and press ENTER.

adding a new user in command prompt

5. Wait for your computer to restart, then boot your PC in Normal Mode and login to the newly-created user account ('removevirus'). This account will not be affected by the ransomware infection and you will be able to download and install recommended malware removal software to eliminate this virus from your computer.

new user account created

6. Download and install recommended malware removal software to eliminate this ransomware infection from your computer:

remover for United Kingdom Police virus

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1-877-484-8393
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If the newly-created user account is also affected by the ransomware infection, try performing a System Restore:

Video showing how to remove the ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

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.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt Mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available restore points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the ransomware infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate an remnants of United Kingdom Police ransomware.

Other methods used to eliminate this ransomware infection from your PC:

Remove the United Kingdom Police ransomware using a Rescue Disk.

Comments 

 
#18 admin 2013-12-31 02:28
Hi J, Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click on Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window select Advanced startup. Click on "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into "Advanced Startup options menu". Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
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#17 J 2013-12-30 12:45
Pressing f8 when starting doesn't work for windows 8...what can I do?
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#16 stephen 2013-09-21 09:40
thanks worked first time.thanks for sharing the knowledge
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#15 Eric 2013-07-09 05:11
The first method in 'safe mode -command prompt' didn't work. The commands weren't recognised. The use of system restore did though and I am now running a security scan. I am on Windows 7. Thanks for the help, it was a bit scary!
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#14 admin 2013-06-30 05:35
Hi Arthur, try using a rescue disk: http://www.pcrisk.com/computer-technician-blog/general-information/6775-how-to-boot-your-computer-using-a-rescue-disk
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#13 Arthur 2013-06-29 08:52
I can get to the system restore but then a note says that " system restore is turned off and cant be turned on in safe mode" my notebook doesn't have a disc drive. what can I do ?
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#12 Andy 2013-05-27 02:51
F8 to get into dos safe mode with command prompt cd restore rstrui.exe let me into restore files to a previous date.
Worked perfectly. Thanks to the overlord who looks runs this repair site and looks after us
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#11 Newman 2013-05-22 12:19
Basically since I can't access the command prompt or safe mode I can't implement any of the steps above Amy advice for a windows 7 user?
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#10 Angela 2013-05-14 09:14
Thankfully system restore did the trick for this but I cannot even express how grateful I was to find this page, when that message showed up on the screen I was absolutely terrified about it. Hope somebody stops these scammers eventually.
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#9 myles 2013-05-13 18:36
Did the top bit took me ages to find this site but im really happy I did it worked for me downloads spyhunter4 and all its found it malware viruses thank you sooooo much for posting this thought I was in big shit when it came up thanks again for this really helpfull :)
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