Europol Interpol Virus
Also Known As: Europol Interpol Ransomware, Type: Ransomware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Severe
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Europol Interpol "Ihr Internet Service Provider blockiert" virus - how to unlock your computer?
What is Europol Interpol Virus?
The Europol Interpol message "Ihr Internet Service Provider blockiert" blocks computer screens and accuses computer users of watching child pornography. This is a scam, a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals. The main purpose of this scam is to trick unsuspecting PC users into paying a bogus 100 Euro fine using PaySafeCard. This ransomware virus is especially rogue since it displays various child porn-related images on the infected computer. This screen-blocking message originates from a family of ransomware called Revoyem and predominantly targets PC users from Germany.
No legitimate authorities, including Europol and Interpol, use screen-blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations. If you see such a message displayed on your computer, your operating system is infected with a ransomware virus; paying the 100 Euro fine is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals. These criminals exploit the names of various authorities internationally, and use legitimate pre-paid card services such as PaySafeCard, Ukash, and MoneyPak to collect the bogus fines. Note that Europol and Interpol are just two examples of the many names exploited by cyber criminals. Other ransomware viruses employ the names of the FBI Cybercrime Division, RCMP, AFP, United Kingdom Police, and many others. Never trust a message which blocks your computer screen and demands payment a fine in order to unblock it - this is standard behavior of a ransomware virus.
The Europol Interpol "Ihr Internet Service Provider blockiert" ransomware virus is proliferated using 'exploit kits', which infiltrate users' computers via any security vulnerabilities detected. Following infiltration, these exploit kits enable cyber criminals to gain remote access to the infected machine. A method used to gain financial benefit from an infected system is by injecting malicious code, which then executes a ransomware virus. Cyber criminals earn revenue from all PC users who fall for the deceptive messages and pay the bogus fine in order to unlock their computers. The Europol Interpol "Ihr Internet Service Provider blockiert" message is a scam - do not trust it and use the removal guide provided to eliminate it from your computer.
- What is Europol Interpol Virus?
- STEP 1. "Europol Interpol Virus" virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. "Europol Interpol Virus" ransomware removal using System Restore.
Europol Interpol virus removal:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: 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":
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 the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on the "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.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Europol Interpol 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.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove 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.
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 Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Europol Interpol ransomware infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remnants of the Europol Interpol virus.
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 complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer. After removing the Europol Interpol virus from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with legitimate anti-spyware software to remove any possible remnants of this security infection.
Other tools known to remove the Europol Interpol virus: