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Metropolitan British Police Virus

What is Metropolitan British Police?

The Metropolitan British Police and Serious (misspelled "Serios") Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) message blocks computer screens and demands payment of a 100 Pound fine to unlock the system. This is a scam. This message is not sent by legitimate authorities from the UK, it is a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals.

No of authorities from the UK, including the Police Central e-crime Unit - PCeU, Cheshire Constabulary, Serious Organised Crime Agency - SOCA, or Metropolitan British Police, use screen-blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations (such as allegedly downloading pirated music, videos, viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography, etc.)

Paying this bogus 100 Pound fine using Ukash or PaySafeCard is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals.

   
Antivirus System

What is Antivirus System?

Antivirus System is a rogue antivirus program, which reports non-existent security infections in the hope that unsuspecting PC users will purchase a useless 'full version'. This program is created by cyber criminals in order to extort money and credit card information - it is a scam and should not be trusted.

Antivirus System originates from a family of fake antivirus programs called FakeRean and infiltrates users' operating systems (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8) using any detected security vulnerabilities. Commonly, this rogue antivirus program is proliferated using 'exploit kits' via infected email messages, malicious websites, and drive-by downloads.

   
Safe Saver Pop-up Ads

What is Safe Saver?

The Safe Saver is a browser add-on that generates coupon and deals ads when Internet users visit online shopping websites such as eBay, Amazon, Walmart, etc. This plug-in is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox.

Whilst savings on purchases made online might seem beneficial, many computer users refer to Safe Saver as adware, spyware, or a virus. These negative associations are made since this browser add-on is a potentially unwanted application, which is installed on users' computers without their consent. Safe Saver installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet.

   
Votre fournisseur est bloqué

What is Votre fournisseur est bloqué?

The "Votre fournisseur d'accès à Internet est bloqué" message blocks computer screens demanding payment of a 100 Euro fine using Ukash or PaySafeCard. This is a scam. This message is not sent by Ministère de L'Intérieur, it is a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals.

The main purpose of this deceptive message is to deceive unsuspecting PC users from France into paying a bogus fine. This fake message states that computer users were watching pornography involving minors and thus have to pay a fine in order to avoid arrest. Note that paying this fine is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals.

   
Internet Security - designed to protect

What is Internet Security?

'Internet Security designed to protect' is a rogue computer program derived from the same family of misleading programs as Internet Security 2012, Privacy Protection, and many others. Internet Security is installed on users' systems using various rogue methods, and commonly, these fake security programs are proliferated using Trojans and 'exploit kits'.

Firstly, the Trojan infects the system via any detected security vulnerabilities (for example, within Flash, Java, etc.), and then it downloads and installs the Internet Security software without the user's permission. After Internet Security is installed on your PC, it performs a fake security scan and displays a wide variety of fake security warning pop-ups.

   
Computer Locked by Internet Service Provider

What is Computer Locked by Internet Service Provider?

The "This computer is locked by Internet Service Provider" message is supposedly delivered from the FBI and Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS). This is a ransomware virus, a scam created by cyber criminals.

This message should not be trusted, and paying the 100 GBP, 100 EUR, or 200 USD fine as demanded, using pre-paid card services (Ukash, PaySafeCard, or MoneyPak), is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals. Neither the FBI nor any other authorities, internationally, use computer screen-blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations.

   
Hotspot Shield Toolbar

What is Hotspot Shield?

Hotspot Shield is VPN software which allows Internet users to visit disallowed websites at work whilst hiding their IP address. This is legitimate software and not related to malware of viruses, however, Internet users should be attentive when installing the free version of this program.

Hotspot Shield free is 'bundled' with the Hotspot Shield toolbar, which causes browser redirects to search.anchorfree.com, search.conduit.com, and other websites. Furthermore, it generates ads, which may lead to security infections or privacy issues.

   
FBI Virus - Your Computer Has Been Locked

What is FBI Virus?

FBI "Your Computer Has Been Locked" is a ransomware virus created by Internet criminals with the intention of tricking unsuspecting PC users into paying a fine for supposedly using copyrighted material or watching pornography. This scam exploits the name of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to make it appear authentic.

To date, the FBI has never employed screen blocking messages to fight Internet piracy, or to collect fines for any law violations. This screen blocking message was created by Cyber criminals in the hope that computer users will fall for their trickery and pay the bogus fine to unlock their PCs. The fines vary from $100 to $400.

   
Defaultsear.ch Virus

What is Defaultsear.ch?

The Defaultsear.ch browser hijacker is promoted using free software downloads 'bundled' with potentially unwanted applications. In this case Internet browser redirects (via Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox) to this website are caused by free software called Privitize VPN.

Computer users who have installed this freeware using the default installation option ('typical' installation), discover that their Internet browser homepage and default search engine are modified to defaultsear.ch Moreover, after installation of Privitize VPN, users observe many deceptive pop-up and other ads whilst browsing the Internet. These are caused by other bundled adware called MagniPic.

   
Rally Toolbar

What is Rally Toolbar?

The Rally Toolbar browser extension is created by Bullet Media Inc. This add-on claims to enhance Internet users' browsing experience by enabling them to save and access their favourite websites, chat with Facebook and Gmail friends, etc. Note that while this browser plug-in appears legitimate, in fact it is a potentially unwanted application.

When installed on Internet browsers (Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox), it collects information regarding websites visited and advertisements seen. Moreover, the Rally Toolbar tracks any searches performed on various search engines such as Google, Bing, Ask, etc.

   

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