What is International Police Association (IAC)?
The International Police Association message blocks users' computer screens ("Your computer is locked") and demands payment of a 50 Euro fine via Ukash. This is a scam, a ransomware virus developed by cyber criminals with the intention of tricking unsuspecting PC users into paying a bogus fine for alleged law violations.
The deceptive text within this message states that PC users must pay a fine for visiting sites containing child pornography.
These accusations are false, and furthermore, no legitimate authorities (including the International Police Association, International Administration Center), or organizations internationally, use screen-locking messages to collect fines for any law violations.
Note that paying a fine using Ukash as ordered by this message is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals.
This particular ransomware targets Internet users from the UK and exploits the name of the IAC in order to make the deceptive message appear authentic. There are several ransomware infections targeting PC users from the UK including those exploiting the names of the United Kingdom Police and Metropolitan Police (PCeU).
If you observe this, or a similar message, on your screen demanding payment of a fine to unlock your system, you are dealing with a ransomware virus. Do not trust these messages - the correct way to deal with them is by elimination from your PC.
The International Police Association Ukash ransomware virus is distributed using 'exploit kits' capable of detecting computer security vulnerabilities and using these to infect systems with screen-locking viruses. Common sources of exploit kits are malicious websites, drive-by downloads, and infected email messages.
To protect your computer from ransomware viruses such as these, keep your operating system and installed software (including Java, Flash, etc.) up-to-date and use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware software.
If your computer is already infected with the International Police Association ransomware, ignore the fake message and use the removal guide provided to eliminate this scam from your PC.
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.
A fake message displayed by the International Police Association "Your computer is locked" virus:
International Police Association - IAC
International Administration Center
Your computer is locked.
Your actions over the computer are recorded. If you have used a camera, video and photos were seized as evidence.
Your identity will be established by IP-address and the appropriate domain.
If you use an IP-camera photos and videos are saved to establish your identity.
The Police of Great Britain have found out that you visited the site with child pornography. In this regard temporary files on your PC containing pornographic material were found. These actions are illegal.
To unlock the computer and delete the temporary files containing illegal materials you need to make a payment of 50 euros via Ukash within 24 hours.
You can get Ukash from hundreds of thousands of global locations, online, from wallets, from kiosks and ATMs.
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- What is International Police Association (IAC)?
- STEP 1. "International Police Association (IAC)" virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. "International Police Association (IAC)" ransomware removal using System Restore.
International Police Association "Your computer is locked" virus 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":
Log in to the account infected with the International Police Association "Your computer is locked" 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 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 International Police Association "Your computer is locked" virus.
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.
After removing the International Police Association "Your computer is locked" virus from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with legitimate anti-spyware software to remove any possible remnants of this security infection.
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