Metropolitan Police Virus "Your Personal Computer has been blocked" removal guide
Message which supposedly comes from Metropolitan Police and asks to pay a fine of 100 Pounds for watching pornography that involves minors is a scam. It's a ransomware virus which is created by Cyber criminals, the main purpose of this scam is scaring unsuspecting PC users from UK into paying a fake fine. In reality paying this fine would equal to sending one's money to Cyber criminals. PC users should understand that neither Metropolitan Police nor any other authority or organization around the world are using such computer's screen blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations.
Notice that this particular ransomware virus infection originates from a family called Revoyem and currently targets PC users from UK and Germany. These deceptive messages are localised so computer users from Germany would see this message as if it was send by Bundeskriminalamt. Metropolitan Police ransomware virus shows some photos of supposedly recorded moments of user's watched pornography involving minors - it's just a scam and PC users shouldn't fall for the trickery shown in this ransomware. If you see a such message on your computer's desktop you can be sure that your PC is infected with a ransomware virus - ignore it, the right way of treating it is it's elimination from one's operating system.
Metropolitan Police name is being exploited by Cyber criminals to make their deceptive message appear more legitimate. Most common source of such ransomware viruses are exploit kits which are able to infect one's operating system by using found security vulnerabilities. Exploit kits are most commonly being spread using email messages, malicious websites and drive-by downloads. When infected with Metropolitan Police ransomware virus PC users shouldn't pay any fines using Ukash or PaySafeCard pre-paid card services, you would send your money to Cyber criminals who are responsible for creating this scam and there are no guarantees that your computer would ever be unlocked. Notice that the statement "Attempt to unblock computer by any other means will lead to formatting of the hard drive except for the evidence of criminal activity" is totally false, if you see this message on your computer's screen use the provided removal guide and eliminate this scam.
Fake message presented in Metropolitan Police virus:
Your Personal Computer has been blocked
The work of your computer has been suspended on the grounds of unauthorized cyberactivity
All the illegal actions that you performed on this computer were recorded and classified in the Police Database. This also includes photos and videos that were taken by your camera for further identification. You've been charged with viewing pornography that involves minors.
Carefully review the following violations please
Article - 174. Copyright
Imprisonment for the term of up to 2-5 years (Using or sharing copyrighted materials).
Fine amount varies from 14,000 Pounds to 23,000 Pounds.
Article - 183. Pornography
Imprisonment for the term of up to 2-3 years (Usage or distribution of pornographic materials).
Fine amount varies from 18,000 Pounds to 25,000 Pounds.
Article - 184. Pornography involving children (under 18 years)
Imprisonment for the term of up to 10-15 years (Usage or distribution of pornographic materials).
Fine amount varies from 24,000 Pounds up to 40,000 Pounds.
According to the Government decision as of December 04, 2012, all of the violations described above can be considered of criminal character.
The amount of the fine constitutes 100 Pounds. The payment should be made within the next 48 hours after your computer has been blocked. In case the fine is not paid, you will became the subject of a criminal prosecution with no right to pay the fine. The personal Computer you are using will be confiscated by the Cyber Crime Agency. The criminal case you fall under will be considered for the items stated above. You will have to pay the fine in the amount of 16,000 Pounds with further imprisonment.
In case the fine is paid within the period of time indicated, your computer will be unlocked.
Attempt to unblock computer by any other means will lead to formatting of the hard drive except for the evidence of criminal activity. A fists-time violation might not lead to imprisonment, in case of a first-time violation you have to pay the fine in accordance with the Law of Loyalty of the People as of December 04, 2012.
You are obliged to pay the fee of 100 Pounds to unblock your computer and avoid all the other legal procedures (Ukash or PaySafeCard).
Metropolitan Police 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 Metropolitan 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 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 Metropolitan Police 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 Metropolitan Police 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.
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