Cyber Police ransomware removal instructions
What is Cyber Police?
First discovered by malware security researcher, Lawrence Abrams, and Based on an open-source ransomware project called Hidden Tear, Cyber Police is a virus that stealthily infiltrates systems and encrypts files using AES cryptography. During encryption, Cyber Police adds the ".locked" extension to the name of each encrypted file. For example "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.locked". Following successful encryption, Cyber Police changes the desktop wallpaper and places the "READ_IT.txt" file on the desktop.
The desktop wallpaper and text file contain an identical message informing users of the current situation and instructing them what to do next. The message states that the system has been blocked due to use of unlicensed software and that files have been encrypted. It is also stated that the files can only be restored using a unique decryption key. Unfortunately, this information is accurate. As mentioned above, Cyber Police employs AES cryptography - an algorithm that generates unique key (used to encrypt and decrypt files) for each victim. Decryption without this key is impossible. Therefore, criminals store it on a remote server and make ransom demands of $100 in Bitcoins to obtain it. Cyber criminals cannot be trusted. Research shows that these people often ignore victims, once ransoms are paid. Therefore, even if the victim decides to support them by paying a ransom, there is no guarantee that the files will ever be restored. In this case, victims will probably be scammed. Therefore, we strongly advise you to ignore all requests to contact these people or pay any ransom. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of cracking the AES encryption algorithm and restoring files compromised by Cyber Police ransomware. Therefore, the only solution is to restore files/system from a backup.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
Cyber Police is virtually identical to Jhash, SIGMA, Relock, GIBON, and dozens of other ransomware-type viruses. Although, these viruses are developed by different people, they have identical behavior. All encrypt data and makes ransom demands. Research shows that the only major differences are size of ransom and type of encryption algorithm used, however, most of these viruses employ symmetric/asymmetric algorithms (e.g., RSA, AES, etc.) that generate unique decryption keys. Therefore, restoring files manually without involvement of developers (contacting these people is not recommended) is impossible, unless the malware is not fully developed or has certain bugs/flaws (e.g., stores the key locally, it is hard-coded, etc.) Ransomware-type viruses such as Cyber Police are one of the main reasons for keeping regular data backups, however, note that backup files must be stored on an external/unplugged hard drive or a remote server, otherwise they will also be encrypted.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
The key to computer safety is caution - pay close attention when browsing the Internet. Keep installed applications updated and use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite, however, as mentioned above, ransomware-type viruses are proliferated using fake updaters. Therefore, software should be updated using an implemented "Update" feature or a tool downloaded from the official website. In addition, your programs should also be downloaded from official sources only and, preferably, using a direct download link. Third party download/installation tools often include malicious apps. Therefore, never use them. Do not open attachments received from suspicious email addresses. In fact, these emails should be deleted immediately, without reading.
Screenshot of Cyber Police ransomware desktop wallpaper:
Message presented within Cyber Police ransomware desktop wallpaper and text file ("READ_IT.txt"):
YOUR COMPUTER IS BLOCKED BY CYBER POLICE FOR UNLICENSED SOFTWARE`S USAGE.
Your documents, photos, databases and other important files have been encrypted
with strong encryption and unique key, generated for this computer. The private decryption
key is stored on a secret internet server and nobody can decrypt your files until you will
pay fine and then obtain the private key.
HOW TO PAY: Go to http://www.localbitcoins.com and
buy Bitcoins worth of 100$ with your favorite payment method. Then through your account, send
Bitcoins worth about 100$ to our Bitcoin address: 1NiGZiFPRqGdxB7ZpbcVsRUVqLJ2SjLsuM and indicate
your email to receive the decryption key via your email
Screenshot of files encrypted by Cyber Police ransomware (".locked" extension):
Cyber Police ransomware removal:
Instant automatic removal of Cyber Police virus:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Cyber Police virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Cyber Police?
- STEP 1. Cyber Police virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Cyber Police ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Cyber 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 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 start 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 Cyber Police ransomware virus 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 remaining Cyber Police ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Cyber Police are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
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.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Cyber Police ransomware.
Note that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove Cyber Police ransomware: