EUROPOL All files encrypted virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Severe
EUROPOL European Cybercrime Centre Virus "All activities of this computer have been recorded" removal guide
The Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox or Safari) message, which is supposedly delivered by EUROPOL (European Cybercrime Centre), stating that "All activities of this computer have been recorded. All your files are encrypted." is a scam. This message is not sent by Europol or EC3, it is a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals. This deceptive message states that computer users must pay a £200 GBP fine using Ukash for alleged law violations (illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, such as video, music, or/and software, viewing or distributing prohibited pornographic content, violating the law, or neglectful use of your PC). In fact, no legitimate authorities (including Europol) use Internet browser/computer screen-blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations.
Paying the £200 GBP fine as ordered by this message is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals. Note that there are several variants of this ransomware virus, and whilst this particular ransomware predominantly targets PC users from the United Kingdom, other known variants infect computers from the USA and display the fake message, FBI "Your browser has been blocked". If you observe this message, do not trust it. This is a scam, so do not pay any fines to 'unlock' your computer.
The scam, EUROPOL "Your files are encrypted to prevent their distribution and use", is distributed using 'exploit kits', which infiltrate users' computers using any detected security vulnerabilities. Therefore, using legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs and keeping your software (Java, Flash, etc.) up-to-date, can drastically decrease the risk of infection by these rogue screen-blocking messages. Like the majority of ransomware viruses, the EUROPOL "All activities of this computer have been recorded" virus exploits the names of well-known authorities, and creates a sense of urgency by stipulating a time frame (12 hours) for payment of the bogus fine. If you observe this message on your computer screen, do not trust it or pay the £200 GBP fine. Use the removal guide provided to eliminate this scam from your PC.
If this message is only active on your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Safari), use this removal guide - YOUR BROWSER HAS BEEN LOCKED - how to remove this ransomware virus?
A fake message presented by the EUROPOL "All activities of this computer have been recorded" virus:
EUROPOL European Cybercrime Centre.
All activities of this computer have been recorded. All your files are encrypted.
Your files are encrypted to prevent their distribution and use. Due to violations of the law, your browser has been blocked because of at least one of the reasons below.
1. You have been subjected to violation of Copyright and Related Rights Law and illegally using or distributing copyrighted contents such as Video, Music or/and Software (file were found in your browser's temporary files and your documents), thus conflicting with Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code of the Great Britain. Article 1, Section 8, Cause 8 of the Criminal Code states a fine or two hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty of two to eight years.
2. You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic contents: Child Porno photos and such, were found in browse's temporary files and your documents. Thus, you are violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the Great Britain. Article 202 of the Criminal COde states a deprivation of liberty of four to twelve years.
3. Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected with malware, thus you are violating the law of Neglectful Use of your Personal Computer. Article 210 of the Criminal Code declares a fine of up to 50.000 Pounds and/or deprivation of liberty of four to nine years.
Pursuant to the amendment of the Criminal Code of the Great Britain of May 28, 2011, this law infringement (if it is a first time offence) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine.
To unlock your computer and to avoid legal consequences you are obliged to pay a release fee of 200 Pounds. Payable through Ukash (you must purchase the Ukash card and enter the code). You can buy the card at any store or gas station, pay zone or spay terminal location.
Find the nearest epay or payzone location. Go to any location with a PayPoint or Payzone terminal. Ask for Ukash 200 GBP
Please note: Fines can only be paid within 12 hours. As soon as 12 hours expire, the possibility to pay the fine is lost forever. All you PC data will be detained and criminal's procedure will be initiated against you if the fine will not be paid!
EUROPOL virus "All activities of this computer have been recorded" removal:
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":
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with EUROPOL "All activities of this computer have been recorded" 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 "All activities of this computer have been recorded" 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 "All activities of this computer have been recorded" virus.
Other tools known to remove the EUROPOL "All activities of this computer have been recorded" virus: