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How to Remove Interpol Virus? (Ransomware Removal Guide)

 

Your desktop has been taken over by a full screen notification purportedly from Interpol Department of Cybercrime that claims you have to pay an amount of fine to unlock your computer? Wondering if the message that stated in this notification is true. Actually your computer is infected by a computer virus which is classified as ransomware. Read on this post to learn how to remove this virus completely.

The content table:
What Is Interpol Virus
How to Remove Interpol Virus
How Does Interpol Virus Infect a Computer
Prevent Tips


 

What Is Interpol Virus?

 

Interpol virus, also referred to as Interpol Department of Cybercrime virus, is a ransomware that displays a lock screen notification pretending to be from Interpol Department of Cybercrime whenever you try to log on into Windows operating system or Safe Mode with Networking. In the fake notification, it claims that your PC is blocked because illegal activities have been detected on your computer, so you have to pay a non-existent fine of 100 euros via Ukash or Paysafecard vouchers to unlock your computer, otherwise you will be accused.

Interpol virus

 

Part of the message displayed in this fake notification:

Interpol
Department of cybercrime
Attention! Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.

You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain.

Article 128 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 2 to 5 hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.

You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porno/Zoofilia and etc.). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of World Department of Cybercrime.

Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.

Illegal access to computer data has been initiated from your PC, or you have been…

Article 208 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to €100,000/£100,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 9 years.

Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law On Neglectful Use of Personal Computer.

In order to make the bogus notification more authentic, Interpol virus shows what is happening in the room on the notification by gaining access to your built-in webcam. This has tricked many victims into paying the ransom immediately.

Interpol virus blocks you out of the Windows operating system and all the applications on your computer so that it won’t be removed easily. So in that sense, some victims of this ransomware pay the ransom even they know it is a computer virus for they think that by doing so the cybercriminal will unlock their computer.

Please kindly note that the Interpol Department of Cybercrime notification is a scam. This bogus notification has nothing to do with Interpol. You should never pay the so-called fine for this will not necessarily unlock your computer. On the contrary, you may fall victim to credit theft, extortion schemes, and identity theft.

 

Removal Guide for Other Prevailing  Ransomware Infections:

Cyber Crime Unit virusPolice Judiciaire Fédérale VirusUnited Kingdom Police Virus,

Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) virusUnited States Cyber Security virus,

Ministry of Public Safety Canada virusMandiant U.S.A. Cyber Security virusWhite Screen Virus,

Royal Canadian Mounted Police VirusU.S. Department of Homeland Security Ransomware,

REloadit VirusPolice Central e-crime Unit VirusFBI Cybercrime Division Virus,

Your Computer Has Been Locked RansomwareICE Cyber Crimes Center Virus,

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Ukash VirusCheshire Police Authority PCeU Virus,

FBI MoneyPak VirusFBI “System Failure” Virus

 

 

How to Remove Interpol Virus? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                           

Deny Flash

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 this 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

 

                                                                                                           

Removal option 1—Restore the Operating System Through Safe Mode with Command Prompt

(Under the case that you can boot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt and the system restore points haven’t been deleted, you may try this option to get rid of this ransomware.)

 

Removal option 2—Remove Interpol Virus Using Anvi Rescue Disk

(If the system restore points are deleted or you can’t boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt, you may try this option.)

                                                                                                           

 

Option 1—Restore the Operating System Through Safe Mode with Command Prompt

 

System Restore will bring your computer operating system back to a point before you get infected by Interpol virus.

 

Step 1 Boot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

1. Turn off your computer and then back on.

 

2. During the start, tap F8 key repeatedly till you are brought to the Windows Advanced Options Menu.

 

3. Use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Command Prompt and then press Enter.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

If you fail to boot the infected computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt, you may go to How to Boot Windows into Safe Mode for tutorials.

 

Step 2 Restore your computer to a restore point

 

1. Once the Command Prompt window comes out, quickly type “explorer” and hit Enter.

If you fail to do so in a few seconds, the ransomware will not allow you to type any more. You should restart the computer to the Safe Mode with Command Prompt and repeat the process.

system restore 1

 

2. Next, type rstrui and press Enter to launch System Restore

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Or, close the Command Prompt window, then locate the file rstrui.exe and press Enter to launch System Restore.

The location of the file:

Windows XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

Windows 7/Vista: C:\windows\system 32\rstrui.exe

rstrui.exe file

 

3. Follow all the steps to restore your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point) before the infection.

Please note that some professionally crafted ransomware variants will delete all your system backup, so you can’t execute system restore. If that is the case, follow Option 2 to get rid of this nasty computer virus.

 

Step 3 Scan and remove malicious files with Anvi Smart Defender

 

After restore the Windows operating system, you need to run a system can to make sure that there is no malware or malicious files on your computer and to prevent Interpol virus from reanimating.

 

1. Run a computer scan with Anvi Smart Defender and remove the infected files.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Anvi Smart Defender purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php

Download and install Anvi Smart Defender → run Anvi Smart Defender → switch to Scan tab → run a Full Scan

Anvi Smart Defender-1

 

2. Boot your computer into normal mode and run a system scan again to make sure all the infected files were removed.

 

 

Option 2—Remove Interpol Virus Using Anvi Rescue Disk

 

You can follow the instructions in the following video to get rid of the Guardians of the Peace of Ireland Garda virus by using Anvi Rescue Disk.

 

Or, you can follow the following step by step instruction.

 

Step 1 Use a clean computer to download Anvi Rescue Disk files

Download the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image file Rescue.iso and the USB disk production tool BootUsb.exe from Anvisoft official site.

Direct download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/rsd/

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

 

Step 2 Record Anvi Rescue Disk iso image 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.

1. Connect USB to the computer.

You’d better backup your important data and format your USB drive before use 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 browse 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. Close BootUsb.exe tool when you get the following message.

congratulations

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

 

Alternative Option-Record the iso Image to a CD/DVD

Any CD/DVD record software is fine for burn iso image. If you don’t have one, you can download and install Nero Burning ROM and ImgBurn. Here we will use Nero Burning ROM for demonstration purpose.

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

CD/DVD recorder

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

3. 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.

 

Step 3 Configure your computer to boot from USB drive/CD/DVD

Restart your infected computer and configure your computer to boot from USB drive/CD/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 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

 

Step 4 Boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk

 

1. Restart your computer and press any key to load Anvi Rescue Disk.

2. After you enter Anvisoft Rescue Disk menu, please selected your preferred language and press Enter to continue.

Anvi Rescue disk language setting

 

Step 5 Scan and remove malicious files and repair registry errors

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

Anvi Rescue Disk

 

2. Make sure that your computer is connected to network connection before you run a scan on your computer. You can go to Network Troubleshooting Tips for Ransomware Removal using Anvi Rescue Disk for tutorial.

Internet connection

 

3. 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

 

4. Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threat by Anvi Rescue Disk.

Anvi Rescue disk fix now

 

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

Anvi Rescue disk repair

Important Note: You must repair the registry error after kill the virus. You are probably disabled to boot your Windows without fixing registry damaged by the virus.

 

Step 6 Scan and remove persistent residual files with Anvi Smart Defender

Some ransomware variants are incredibly persistent, so you are highly recommended to download the antimalware promgram Anvi Smart Defender to remove all the detected threats as prompted.

Download-ASD-in-Rescue-Disk

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

Or you can download it from this direct download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html when you boot your computer to normal Windows mode.

1. Double click asdsetup.exe file to install Anvi Smart Defender, then switch to Scan tab to perform a Full Scan.

Anvi Smart Defender-2

 

2. When scan finished you can click on view details to check the threats have been detected.

ASD-Viewdetails

Anvi Smart Defender-scan resulte

 

3. Click on Remove button to delete all the threats have been detected.

 

Now your computer should be free from the infection of Interpol virus. If you have any question concerning the removal of this virus, please feel free to contact us by sending us your email.

 

 

How Does Interpol virus Infect a Computer and How to Prevent

 

The Interpol virus can infect a computer in various ways. In most instances, it is performed via drive-by download or Trojan horse that are placed on malicious or compromised websites. When you visit such websites, it will be downloaded automatically and then exploits the vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system or the applications on your computer to get itself installed.

Cyber criminals use spam emails to distribute Interpol virus, too. Usually, the infected attachments containing in such emails are the executable program for Interpol virus. The links in such emails leads you to the malicious or compromised websites mentioned above.


 

Prevention tips:

 

1. Keep the Windows operating system and all the software on your computer up-to-date, and patch the system vulnerabilities timely when prompted.

 

2. Protect your computer with up-to-date security software. Working along with your installed antivirus solution, antimalware program, Anvi Smart Defender, can provide an additional layer of protection to your computer. The Full Guard function puts your computer under real-time protection and keeps you away from malware and malicious websites.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Anvi Smart Defender purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php

 

3. Be careful when surfing the Internet and keep an eye on the links and pop-ups before you click on them. You are strongly recommended to turn on the security feature of IE, Firefox and Chrome. Or, you may make use of Anvi Ad Blocker to create a clean online environment. It is available for free if you are an Anvi Smart Defender pro version user.

Anvi Ad Blocker trial download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (Expire in 15 days)

Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php

 

4. Don’t click on links or open attachments from untrusted sources.

 

5. Apart from the above aspects, you’d better regularly perform a backup of your important files. If you don’t know how to backup files, please look for instructions in Back up your files

 

For more detailed information on how to prevent from being infected by ransomware please browse this post: What Is Ransomware –How to Prevent

 

 

  • cori2simona

    hello , i made all steps but when i insert the usb it doesnt enter in rescue menu but it says operating system not found. pls help

  • Melissa Burdick Brett

    i went through all these steps, it found threats, removed and repaired them, but when I restarted in normal windows mode, the randsom ware Interpol was still active.