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How to Remove International Police Association (I.P.A) Virus? ( Ransomware Removal Guide)

 

A notification from INTERNATIONAL POLICE ASSOCIATION ( I.P.A ) has occupied your whole desktop? You’ve been in the fear of violating the law of your country after reading its content? You even can’t wait to pay the fine required by this notification to avoid being accused and unlock the screen? It is International Police Association virus that pushes you into the trouble. Don’t be tricked by this infection. Follow the removal guide below to get rid of International Police Association ( I.P.A ) virus. Please read more.

 

What is International Police Association ( I.P.A ) Virus

 

International Police Association ( I.P.A ) virus is considered as ransomware which disguises as legitimate authority International Police Association ( I.P.A ) to scare innocent computer users into believing that they have violated the law of their nation so as to trick them into paying a non-existing fine to remove the risk of being sued due to their illegal behavior online. Recently, this ransomware has spread throughout Europe, involving a number of counties like Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Finland, Nederland, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. Typically, when your PC are infected by International Police Association ( I.P.A ) virus, you will be blocked from getting into your windows system, let alone using your system utilities and antivirus software to remove it. What you see is just a fake notification from I.P.A to “inform” you that your illegal internet activities including downloading and distributing illegal content, viewing and distributing pornographic materials have been discovered and monitored by it. To stop your crime, it blocks your PC desktop and asks you to pay the fine of 50 or 100 Euro via Ukash for your violations. Or you will have to bear all the consequences brought by your illegal online behavior and the PC screen will still remain unlocked. Although the notification seems to be so authentic and its content is that frightening, you should never believe it, not to mention paying the fine to cyber criminals. International Police Association ( I.P.A ) will never collect a fine by means of locking your PC desktop. It is ridiculous. This lock screen is a scam created by International Police Association ( I.P.A ) virus which is manipulated by cyber criminals to help them stealing your money.

 

Screenshot of International Police Association ( I.P.A ) virus

International_Police_Association_virus

 

International Police Association ( I.P.A ) virus attacks PC users by exploiting Trojan to infiltrate your windows system. Once the Trojan is executed, it determines your IP address, alters some of your system settings, creates a full screen notification containing scaring content and pictures related to the region you are located in. for instance, the International Police Association ( I.P.A ) virus appearing in German will display the flag of this country to convince more unsuspecting victims.

 

Fake notifications vary from victims’ locations

Votre ordinateur est bloqué
Votre ordinateur a été bloqué par le système de contrôle automatique informationnel

ipa_virus_belgium

 

El ordenador suyo esta bloqueado
El ordenador suyo fue bloqueado por el sistema del control informativo automatizado

ipa_virus_spain

 

Ihr Computer wurde gesperrt
Ihr Computer wurde durch das System der automatischen Informationskontrolle gesperrt

ipa_virus_austria

 

O υπολογιστής σας έχει μπλοκαριστεί

ipa_virus_greece

 

Il suo computer è stato bloccato
il suo computer è stato bloccato da sistema di controllo d’informazione automatico

Uw computer is geblokkeerd
Uw computer is geblokkeerd door het systeem van een automatische informatiecontrole

Ten komputer został zablokowany
Ten komputer został zablokowany przez system automatycznej kontroli informacyjnej

O seu computador foi bloqueado
O seu computador foi bloqueado pelo sistema do controlo automatico de informação

Datorn har blockerats
Datorn har blockerats av ett system för avtomatisk information kontroll

Tietokoneenne lukkiutui

 

Situation Possible to Occur When You Remove International Police Association (I.P.A) Virus

 

The virus prevents you from entering into desktop and the computer system has been frozen. It has different variants that bring you a series of troubles.

Sometimes, you can restore your computer system in safe mode with command prompt to remove the virus by system restoring points;

Sometimes, you can’t find any restore points in the list causing they have been removed by the virus;

And sometimes, you cannot restart your PC causing the screen will be locked again after a several seconds.

Situations you may meet when you remove the virus depend on which variant the PC is infected.

 

Similar Ransomware 

 

The similar ransomware removal guides are offered below, if your PC is infected by one of the following virus, please click on it to see the specific removal steps.

Cheshire Police Authority Virus,   International Cyber Security Protection Alliance virus,   Politie Office Central Ukash Virus,   Spamhaus MoneyPak Virus,   Joint Chiefs of Staff MoneyPak Virus,   MoneyGram Virus,   FBI “Ihr Computer wurde gesperrt und alle Daten verschlüsselt wurden!” Virus,   Europol Interpol Paysafecard Virus,   FBI “Uw computer is vergrendeld en alle gegevens zijn versleuteld!” Virus,   CCIPS Moneypak Ransomware,   Decrypt Protect-MBL Block Off Virus,   United States Department of Justice MoneyPak Virus,   CashU Virus.

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How to Remove International Police Association (I.P.A) Virus

 

                                                                                                           

 

Deny Flash(optional )

Some variants of ransomware exploit Java or Flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. The symptoms of the infection may be suspended by denying flash. Then you can navigate through the infected system. If step is not necessary for the removal, then skip to the next step.

To deny/disable flash:
Visit http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html → select the Deny radio option

Deny-Flash

                                                                                                           

(Tips for removing the virus)

 

Case 1: If you can get into the safe mode with command prompt, remove the ransomware by restoring your system.

Case 2: If you aren’t able to restart your PC or the restore points have been removed by the virus, get rid of the virus via Anvi Rescue Disk.

 

Method for case 1: Restore your PC in safe mode with command prompt.

 

Step 1> Restore computer in safe mode with command prompt

 

1. Restart your computer.

 

2. Repeatedly press F8 upon the opening of the boot menu to enter Windows in “Safe Mode with Command Prompt”.

 

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3. Type “explorer” when the Command Prompt appears and press Enter.

 

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Note: In some cases during infections of malware and viruses you only have 2-3 seconds to do this. In other cases if it doesn’t work during the given seconds, viruses such as the FBI MoneyPak ransomware virus will not allow you to type “explorer” anymore.

 

4. Once Windows Explorer shows up browse Win XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe or Win Vista/Seven: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe, then press Enter.

 

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5. When such a window appears, click next.

 

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6. Choose a restore point from the list, then click next.

 

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7. At last click finish to complete the restore.

 

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8. Restart your PC to normal mode.

 

Step 2> Remove malicious files from your PC through Anvi Smart Defender

 

1. Install Anvi Smart Defender

Download and install the paid or free version of Anvi Smart Defender
Anti-malware software from the links below:

Download link:http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php

 

2. Click quick or full scan

After you install the program, please open it, and switch to Scan tab, perform quick or full scan to eliminate malware infections and any possible unwanted program.

 

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3. Remove malicious files form your computer

Once the scan is over, Anvi Smart Defender
will display the scan results. Click on Remove button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.

 

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Step 3>Remove residual junk files, invalid registry entries form your computer via Cloud System Booster

 

There may exist some residual junk files and invalid registry entries, other related potentially unwanted programs in your computer system. Thus, Cloud System Booster is required to clean up them and to save your disk space so that as to increase running speed of your computer.

 

1. Download and install the paid or free version of Cloud System Booster system maintenance & optimizer software.

Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. After you install the program, please open it, click on BOOST button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.

 

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3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clean button there to remove these junk files, invaild registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.

 

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Option 2: If you can’t restart your PC, please use Anvi Rescue Disk to remove the virus.

 

Below is a video of ransomware removal using Anvi Rescue Disk isofor your reference.

 

Step 1> Download the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image file

 

Download the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image file Rescue.iso and the USB disk production tool BootUsb.exe from Anvisoft official site. (Both are packaged in the file offered to download below.)

Direct download link: http://download.anvisoft.com/software/rescuedisk.zip

Please kindly note that Rescue.iso is a large file to download; please be patient while it downloads.

 

Step 2> Record the Anvi Rescue Disk isoimage to USB drive.

 

You can also record the iso image to a CD/DVD. We will introduce the steps to record iso image to a CD/DVD in following guide.

 

To record the Anvi Rescue Disk isoimage to USB drive:

1. Firstly find a clean computer with correct internet connection and then connect your USB driver to the clean computer. You’d better backup your important data and format your USB drive before using it to record the iso image.

2. Locate your download folder and double-click on BootUsb.exe to start it. And then click “Choose File” button to browser into your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file.

USB burning

 

3. Select the path of USB drive, such as Drive H:

4. Click “Start Burning” to start the burn of USB Rescue Disk boot drive.

5.Please close BootUsb.exe tool after you successfully burn the file to the USB drive when you get the following message.

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Now, you have bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.

 

——Alternative Option

 

You can also record Anvi Rescue Disk isoimage to a DV/DVD. Any CD/DVD record software is fine for burn iso image. If you don’t have any, you can download and install Nero Burning ROM and ImgBurn. Here we will use Nero Burning ROM for demonstration purpose.

Please open and start Nero Burning ROM and select Burn Image from the drop-down menu of the Recorder.

CD/DVD recorder

 

1. Locate your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file and then click Open button.

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2. Click Burn button to start record the iso image. After a few minutes, you will have a bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.

 

burn compiliation

 

Step 3> Configure your infected computer to boot from the USB drive/DV/DVD

 

Restart your infected computer and configure it to boot from USB drive/DV/DVD that recorded Anvi Rescue Disk.

Basically , you can use F8 to load USB boot menu.

For different motherboard, you may need to use the Delete or F2, F11 keys, to load the BIOS menu. Normally, the information on how to enter the BIOS menu is displayed on the screen at the start of the OS boot.

boot menu instruction

 

The keys F1, F8, F10, F12 might be used for some motherboards, as well as the following key combinations:

  • • Ctrl+Esc
  • • Ctrl+Ins
  • • Ctrl+Alt
  • • Ctrl+Alt+Esc
  • • Ctrl+Alt+Enter
  • • Ctrl+Alt+Del
  • • Ctrl+Alt+Ins
  • • Ctrl+Alt+S

If you can enter Boot Menu directly then simply select your CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st boot device.

If you can’t enter Boot Menu directly then simply use Delete key to enter BIOS menu. Select Boot from the main BIOS menu and then select Boot Device Priority. After that, set USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st Boot Device. Save changes and exist BIOS menu.

 

Step> 4 Boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk.

 

After that let’s boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk.

1. Restart your computer. After restart, a message will appear on the screen: press any key to enter the menu. So, press Enter or any other key to load the Anvi Rescue Disk

2. please selected your preferred language and press Enter to continue.

Anvi Rescue disk language setting

 

Step> 5 Run the Anvi Rescue Disk to scan and repair.

 

1. Now you are in the mini Operating system, please double-click Rescue tool to start Anvi Rescue disk.

Anvi Rescue Disk
Important note: make sure that your computer is connected to network connection before you run a scan on your computer. If you fail to connect your computer to Internet, please check the tutorial on network configuration in this article: Network Troubleshooting Tips for Ransomware Removal Using Anvi Rescue Disk

Connection established

 

2. Please run a full scan by clicking the “Scan Computer” button in the middle of the program to detect and kill the PC lockup virus.

 

Anvi Rescue disk scan

 

3. Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threats detected by Anvi Rescue Disk.

Anvi Rescue disk fix now

 

4. Switch to Repair tab. Scan and fix the registry error with the “Repair” module of Anvi Rescue Disk.

 

Anvi Rescue disk repair

 

Important Notice: You must repair the registry error after kill the virus. Otherwise, you would be disabled to boot your Windows without fixing registry damaged by the virus.

 

Step>6 Download Anvi Smart Defender
antimalware to ensure a clean computer.

 

After the repair, your computer should be clean and rescued from the evil claw of the ransomware infection. However, many professionally crafted ransomware variants have evolved to be very persistent, that is to say, harder to remove, so you are highly recommended to download the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender
by clicking Yes button on the prompted window to fulfill the download.

 

Download ASD in Rescue Disk

 

After the download, please restart your computer to normal Windows mode and then go to the folder: C:\Users\[username]\Downloads

Find the downloaded file asdsetup.exe and double click its file to install it and then start it to perform a full scan on your computer system, in order to ensure the computer is clean from any associated infections or leftovers.

After the scan, remove any detected infections and then you can have a clean computer now.

Good luck and be safe online. If any question, feel free to contact us for timely help by sending us your email below.