Metropolitan Police Total Policing Virus

Also Known As: Total Policing Ransomware
Damage level: Severe

What is Metropolitan Police Total Policing?

The Metropolitan Police Total Policing message blocks computer users' screens, demanding payment of a £100 GBP fine to unlock the system. Be aware that this is a scam, a ransomware infection originating from a family of screen lockers called 'Rannoh'.

This particular ransomware infection is especially harmful, since it not only locks users' computers, but also encrypts the files stored on the hard disks. The message states that the lock was applied due to the user downloading copyrighted videos, music files, etc. These assertions are false and delivered only to scare computer users into paying a bogus fine.

Metropolitan Police Total Policing

Metropolitan Police Total Policing has no connection with this message - this ransomware infection was created by cyber criminals in the hope that unsuspecting PC users will fall for their trickery and send them money for the bogus fine.

This particular ransomware is predominantly targeted at computer users from the UK, however, these infections are often localised so that PC users from different countries will see a variant of the message. Previous versions of this ransomware exploited the names of the West Yorkshire Police, Gema, and many other organisations.

If you observe this type of message on your screen, your PC is infected with ransomware. Ignore the fake message and do not pay the fine.

The Metropolitan Police Total Policing virus is distributed using drive-by downloads and Trojans. Cyber criminals exploit security vulnerabilities detected on users' computers, infecting them with their rogue screen lockers. To prevent ransomware infiltrations such as this, keep your operating system and installed software (Java, Flash, etc.) up-to-date.

Always use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs to protect your daily Internet surfing. Note that paying the £100 GBP fine using Ukash is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals. To eliminate the Metropolitan Police Total Policing scam from your PC, use the removal instructions provided.

Ukash (Smart Voucher Limited) is a legitimate company and not related to ransomware viruses - cyber criminals use this service to extort money from unsuspecting PC users.

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Metropolitan Police Total Policing Ukash virus removal:

There are several variants of Metropolitan Police Total Policing and other ransomware infections, in some cases they do not block "Safe Mode with Networking" - use this mode to scan your computer with legitimate antispyware software:

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.

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Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with Metropolitan Police Total Policing Ukash virus. Start your Internet browser and download the recommended malware removal software. Update the anti-spyware software and run a full system scan. Remove all security infections detected.

Note that the Metropolitan Police Total Policing Ukash virus not only locks the computer, but also encrypts stored documents. After removing this ransomware infection from your computer, run Kaspersky RannohDecryptor to dectrypt your files:

The RannohDecryptor utility by Kaspersky:

More info.  Download.

Kaspersky Rannoh Decryptor

After following these steps your computer should be clean and you should be able to access all of your files.

Cannot boot in Safe Mode with Networking? (Metropolitan Police Total Policing Ukash virus blocks Safe Mode with Networking)

Other methods used to eliminate this ransomware infection from your PC:

Remove the Metropolitan Police Total Policing scam by creating a new user account.

Metropolitan Police Total Policing virus removal using System Restore.

Remove Metropolitan Police Total Policing ransomware using a Rescue Disk.

Note that after using one of these methods to eliminate this ransomware from your computer, you will need to run Kasperky Rannoh Decryptor tool to decrypt your files.

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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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