Stop Piracy Virus

Also Known As: Stop Piracy Ransomware
Damage level: Severe

STOP PIRACY virus - how to unblock your computer?

What is Stop Piracy?

The Stop Piracy message locks computer users' screens, stating that these measures were taken due to alleged use of pirated software or watching pornography. This is a ransomware infection and it should not be trusted. The screen locker exploits the names of SOPA and PIPA and is created with the sole purpose of stealing money from unsuspecting PC users who fall for the scam and pay the bogus 100 Euro fine. This message has no connection with genuine authorities - it was developed and distributed by cyber criminals. In fact no authorities use these methods (locking computer screens) to collect fines for copyright or other law violations. This ransomware infection predominantly targets computer users from France.

Ransomware infections are capable of detecting computer IP addresses, and commonly, these infections are localized. Thus, the same ransomware infection may appear in English on computers located in the USA. Messages that lock computer users' screens should never be trusted. Under no circumstances pay the fine as demanded by this message. If you do, you will lose your money and your computer will remain infected. The correct way to deal with Stop Piracy ransomware is to eliminate it from your PC.

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The Stop Piracy virus uses Ukash and paysafecard pre-paid cards for collecting bogus fines. Cyber criminals choose these money transaction methods to make tracking by the actual authorities problematic. In most cases, the Stop Piracy virus is proliferated using drive-by downloads and Trojans. To prevent ransomware infections from infiltrating PCs, users should always use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs and keep operating systems and installed programs up-to-date. If your computer screen is already blocked with the Stop Piracy message, use the removal instructions provided to unblock your PC.

A deceptive message displayed by the Stop Piracy virus:

Document-maître des infractions.
SOPA (Loi Piratage de Logiciels en Ligne) et PIPA (PROTECT Loi sur la Propriété Intellectuelle) a détecté que vous utilisez le piratage de contenu sur votre ordinateur, tels que: Système d'exploitation (OS) oui u'a pas été installé de mitée légale les matériaux enfants Porno (CP) sur votre PC; logiciel que vous avez utilisé pour le moment (installé avec OS) ne sont pas légitima. Votre système a été verrouillé et que vos données ont été chiffrées. Pour déverrouiller votre PC, de décrypter vos données et éviter l'arrestation, vous devez payer une pénalité de 100 EURO. Vous pouvez choisir fin des mâles de paiement ci-dessous: PavSafeCard, Ukash, CashU ou MoneyPack. Vo devez acheter un bon de réduction dans de nombres endroits près de chez vous: Wahnart, OMV ekven, ES Avia, epay, des boutiques, des stands, des terminaux, des kiosques ou stations-service près devez acheter bon et entrez le code PIN ci-dessous pour déverrouiller votre PC.

Master Penalty Document.
SOPA (Software Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT Intellectual Property Act) has detected that you used piracy content on your computer such as:
Operating system (OS) which has NOT been installed IN LEGAL WAY: Child Porno materials (CP) on your PC, Software you used right now (installed with OS) ARE NOT LEGITIMATE. Your system HAS BEEN LOCKED and your data has been encrypted. To unlock your PC, decrypt your data and avoid arrest you MUST pay a penalty of 100 EURO. You can choose one of payment methods below: PaySafeCard, Ukash, CashU or MoneyPack.
You should buy a voucher in many places near you: Walmart, OMV, 7 eleven, ESSO, Avia, epay, kiosks. Enter-code below to unlock your PC.

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Quick menu:

Stop Piracy virus removal:

Step 1

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":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the Stop Piracy 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.

After completing these steps your computer should be clean. Reboot your computer in Normal Mode.

Stop Piracy ransomware states that it encrypts all stored files on your computer. To regain control of your files (decrypt), try using these tools:

RannohDecryptor (Kaspersky)

XoristDecryptor (Kaspersky)

RectorDecryptor (Kaspersky)

Trojan.Winlock decoding utility (Dr.Web)

Alternative Stop Piracy virus removal guide:

If this ransomware blocks your screen when you start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try starting your PC in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

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.

win 7 safe mode with command prompt

2. In the opened Command Prompt, type explorer and press Enter. This command will open the Explorer window - do not close it and continue to the next step.

3. In the Command Prompt, type regedit and press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor window.

4. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\

registy editor winlogon

5. In the right side of the window, locate "Shell" and right click on it. Click on Modify. The default value in the Data column is Explorer.exe - if you see something else displayed in this window, remove it and type Explorer.exe (take a note of whatever else was displayed in the Data column - this is the path of the rogue execution file). Use this information to navigate to the rogue executable and remove it.

6. Restart your computer, download and install legitimate anti-spyware software and perform a full system scan to eliminate any remnants of Stop Piracy virus.

Other tools known to remove the Stop Piracy virus:

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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