Ministry of Public Safety Canada Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Severe
Ministry of Public Safety Canada "Your computer has been blocked up for safety reasons" - how to remove this ransomware virus?
Ministry of Public Safety Canada and Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police message "ATTENTION! Your computer has been blocked up for safety reasons" is a scam which shouldn't be trusted. This message wasn't send by legitimate authorities from Canada - it's a ransomware virus created by Cyber criminals. The main goal of this deceptive message is scaring unsuspecting PC users into paying a fake fine of CAD $100 using Ukash. Cyber criminals who are responsible for developing the scam are using various false accusation of law infringements (viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography; violation of "Copyright and Related rights Law" etc.) in order to trick PC users into paying a non existent fine. Notice that paying CAD $100 when asked by this message would equal to sending one's money to Cyber criminals. This ransomware virus originates from a family of rogue screen blocking messages called Urausy and is targeted specifically at PC users from Canada. Notice that there are several different variants of this scam which target Internet users from different countries.
Ransomware localization is possible because these security threats are capable of determining the IP address of the computer that they infiltrate and thus they can adapt (use the names of local authorities and translate the fake message to local language) the deceptive screen blocking messages to seem like they were send by some local authority. PC users from Canada should understand that in reality none of authorities around the world (including Ministry of Public Safety Canada or Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) are using such methods (block computer's screen) to collect fines for any law violations. If you see such message (screenshot below) on your computer, you can be sure that your PC was infected with a ransomware virus - ignore this fake message and don't pay the fine.
Cyber criminals responsible for releasing this scam are exploiting the names of legitimate authorities from Canada to make their fake message appear more legitimate. Notice that there are several different variants of this scam exploiting the names of Mandiant U.S.A Cyber Security, GARDA (The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland) and Australian Communications and Media Authority. Ransomware viruses from Urausy family are being distributed using exploit kits which infiltrate user's computers using infected email attachments, malicious websites and drive-by downloads. As exploit kits depend of out-dated software, Internet users could decrease the risk of getting their computer infected with ransomware by keeping all of their installed programs up-to-date. If your computer's screen is already blocked by Ministry of Public Safety Canada ransomware virus you shouldn't pay the fine to unblock your PC, use the provided removal guide and eliminate this scam from your PC.
Fake message presented in Ministry of Public Safety Canada virus:
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Ministry of Public Safety Canada
ATTENTION! Your computer has been blocked up 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 Commonwealth of Canada criminal law.
Article 161 of the Kingdom of Canada 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 Commonwealth of Canada criminal law
Article 148 of Commonwealth of Canada 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 Commonwealth of Canada criminal law ("Law on negligent reckless disregard of computers and computer aids").
Article 215 of Commonwealth of Canada criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 5 to 8 years and/or up to CAD $100,000 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 Commonwealth of Canada criminal law ("On bulk-spamming and malware (virus) dissemination").
Article 301 of Commonwealth of Canada criminal law provide for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for term from 5 years, and up to CAD $250,000 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 Commonwealth of Canada 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 CAD $100. You can settle the fine with Ukash 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 Commonwealth of Canada criminal law, 1 to 3 years of imprisonment) and criminal case will be opened.
Internet Police Department
Cyber Crime Investigations - Corporate Theft Analysis Experts
Cyber Crime Unit
Under supervision of Ministry of Interior, Interpol, Copyright Alliance, International Cyber Security Protection Alliance.
Ministry of Public Safety Canada virus removal:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: 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":
Windows 8 users: 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.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account that is infected with Ministry of Public Safety Canada 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 Ministry of Public Safety Canada ransomware virus 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 malware removal software to eliminate any left remnants of Ministry of Public Safety Canada ransomware virus.
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