Metropolitan British Police Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Severe
METROPOLITAN BRITISH POLICE, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) "Computer Blocked" virus removal guide
The Metropolitan British Police and Serious (misspelled "Serios") Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) message blocks computer screens and demands payment of a 100 Pound fine to unlock the system. This is a scam. This message is not sent by legitimate authorities from the UK, it is a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals. No of authorities from the UK, including the Police Central e-crime Unit - PCeU, Cheshire Constabulary, Serious Organised Crime Agency - SOCA, or Metropolitan British Police, use screen-blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations (such as allegedly downloading pirated music, videos, viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography, etc.) Paying this bogus 100 Pound fine using Ukash or PaySafeCard is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals.
The Metropolitan British Police ransomware virus originates from a family of rogue screen-blocking messages called Urausy and targets PC users predominantly from the UK. Note that ransomware viruses from this family are localized so that computer users from different countries observe the fake messages in their language and exploiting the names of local authorities. Using IP addresses, ransomware viruses are capable of determining the location of computers they target for infiltration. For example, this particular ransomware, on a USA-located computer, appears as 'Mandiant U.S.A Cyber Security - Computer blocked'. If your screen is blocked with a message purportedly from the Metropolitan British Police - "Your computer has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below", your computer is infected with a ransomware virus. Do not trust this message or pay any fines to unblock your PC.
The Metropolitan British Police ransomware virus is distributed by cyber criminals who use 'exploit kits' to infiltrate users' operating systems. To prevent ransomware such as this attacking your PC, use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs and keep your software up-to-date, since exploit kits use out-dated (vulnerable) programs in order to proliferate ransomware viruses. Common sources of exploit kits are infected email messages, malicious websites, and drive-by downloads. If your computer is already infected with the Metropolitan British Police ransomware virus, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this scam from your PC.
A fake message presented by the Metropolitan British Police "Your computer has been blocked up for safety reasons" virus:
PCeU Police Central e-crime Unit.
Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
METROPOLITAN BRITISH POLICE.
Your computer has been blocked for safety reasons listed below.
You are accused of viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc). You have violated World Declaration on non-proliferation of child pornography. You are accused of committing the crime envisaged by Article 161 of the Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law.
Article 161 of the Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 5 to 11 years.
Also, you are suspected of violation of "Copyright and Related rights Law" (downloading of pirated music, video, warez) and of use use and/or dissemination of copyrighted content. Thus, you are suspected of violation of Article 148 of the Kingdom of Great Britain Criminal Law.
Article 148 of the Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 3 to 7 years or 150 to 550 basic amounts fine.
It was from your computer, that unauthorised access has been stolen to information of State importance and to data close for public Internet access.
Unauthorised access could have been arranged by yourself purposely on mercenary motives, or without your knowledge and consent, provided your computer could have been affected by malware. Consequently, you are suspected - until the investigation is held - of innocent infringement of Article 215 of the Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law ("Law on negligent reckless disregard of computers and computer aids").
Article 215 of the Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 5 to 8 years and/or up to 100,000 Pounds fine.
Further after information of your personal computer was examined, it was found that your personal computer has been regularly used for bulk-spamming either arranged by yourself purposely on mercenary motives, or with ought your knowledge and consent, provided your computer could have been affected my malware. Bulk-spamming is a way to disseminate malware of banned pornography. Consequently you are suspected - until the investigation is held - of innocent infringement of Article 301 of the Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law ("On bulk-spamming and malware (virus) dissemination").
Article 301 of the Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law provide for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for term from 5 years, and up to 250,000 Pounds fine.
Please, mind that both your personal identities and location are well identified, and criminal case can be opened against you in course of 96 hours as for commission of crimes per above Articles. Criminal case can be submitted to court.
However, pursuant to Amendments to the Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law dated july 10, 2013, and according to Declaration on Human Rights, your disregard of law may be interpreted as unintended (if you had no incidents before) and no arraignment will follow. However, it is a matter of whether you have paid the fine of the Treasury (to the effect of initiatives aimed at protection of cyberspace).
The penalty set must be paid in course of 48 hours as the breach. On expiration of the term, 48 hours that follow will be used for automatic collection of data on yourself and your misconduct, and criminal case will be opened against you.
Amount of fine is 100 Pounds. You can settle the fine with Ukash or PaySafeCard vouchers.
As soon as the money arrives to the Treasury account, your computer will be unblocked in course of 24 hours.
Then in 7 day term you should remedy the breaches associated with your computer. Otherwise your computer will be blocked up again and criminal case will be opened against yourself (with no option to pay fine).
Please mind that you should enter only verified pass of vouchers and abstain from caching out of vouchers once used for the fine payment. If erroneous pass were entered, or if attempt was made to cancel vouchers after transaction then, apart from above breaches, you will be charged with fraud (Article 377 of the Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law, 1 to 3 years of imprisonment) and criminal case will be opened.
Metropolitan British Police "Your computer has been blocked " 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 "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 Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Metropolitan British Police "Your computer has been blocked" 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 Metropolitan British Police "Your computer has been blocked" 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 Metropolitan British Police "Your computer has been blocked" virus.
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