Ministry of Public Safety Canada "Your computer has been blocked up for safety reasons" - how to remove this ransomware virus?
What is Ministry of Public Safety Canada?
The Ministry of Public Safety Canada and Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police message, "ATTENTION! Your computer has been blocked for safety reasons", is a scam and should not be trusted. This message is not sent by legitimate authorities from Canada, it is a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals. The main goal of this deceptive message is to scare unsuspecting PC users into paying a bogus CAD $100 fine using Ukash. Cyber criminals responsible for developing the scam make various false accusations 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 the bogus fine. Note that paying CAD $100 as ordered by this message equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals. This ransomware virus originates from a family of rogue screen-blocking messages called Urausy and targets PC users from Canada. There are, however, several variants of this scam, which target Internet users from different countries.
Ransomware localization is possible since these security threats are capable of determining the IP addresses computers they target for infiltration. Thus, they can adapt the names of authorities and translate the language of the message. In this way, the deceptive screen-blocking messages appear as if sent by local authorities. PC users from Canada should be aware that no authorities, internationally (including the Ministry of Public Safety Canada or Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police), use these methods to collect fines for any law violations. If you see this type of message (screenshot below) on your computer, your PC is infected with a ransomware virus - ignore this fake message and do not pay the fine.
Update 2015/02/05 - Cyber criminals have updated the design of Ministry of Public Safety Canada ransomware virus:
Cyber criminals responsible for releasing this scam exploit the names of legitimate authorities from Canada to make their fake message appear authentic. Note that there are several 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 the Urausy family are distributed using 'exploit kits', which infiltrate users' computers via infected email attachments, malicious websites, and drive-by downloads. As exploit kits rely on out-dated software to proliferate the viruses, Internet users can reduce the risk of system infection by keeping all installed programs up-to-date. If your computer screen is already blocked by the Ministry of Public Safety Canada ransomware virus, do not pay the fine and use the removal guide provided to eliminate this scam.
A fake message presented by the 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.
- What is Ministry of Public Safety Canada?
- STEP 1. "Ministry of Public Safety Canada" virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. "Ministry of Public Safety Canada" ransomware removal using System Restore.
Ministry of Public Safety Canada virus removal:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: 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":
Windows 8 users: Go to the 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 the "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 the Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account 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 entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a 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 Ministry of Public Safety Canada 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 remnants of the Ministry of Public Safety Canada ransomware virus.
Other tools known to remove the Ministry of Public Safety Canada ransomware virus: