Scared by “Your PC is blocked” warning screen that supposed from Cheshire Police Authority, United Kingdom Police, Police Central E-crime Unit (PCeU), and even EU3 Europol , ISCPA? Be alerted that this is a computer virus, categorized as ransomware, in form of lock screen for scams. Read this article to figure it out, remove it completely and unlock your frozen computer system without paying the bogus fine. Read more.
What is Cheshire Police Authority Ukash Virus?
Known as PCeU virus and United Kingdom Police virus as well, Cheshire Police Authority virus is one among those nasty ransomware infections, which exploits system vulnerabilities to infiltrate and lock up the victim’s computer system for ransom. As one of those police themed pc locked up viruses in the wild, Cheshire Police Authority virus mainly target at users in United Kingdom of Britain. It is a new variant of PCeU virus, and also a new member of Urausy ransomware family. Everyone should be alerted about this dangerous computer virus.
The Cheshire Police Authority lock screen is, as mentioned above, a new coming PCeU virus which infects Windows based computer system and hold the entire OS only for hostage and ransom. Once infected, the computer desktop would be frozen and instead there come up a bogus notification that pretends to be from the United Kingdom Police (Metropolitan Police) and claims that your computer has been blocked due to it being involved with the distribution of pornographic material, Spam and copyrighted content.
The Cheshire Police Authority virus will totally block you out from your computer and applications, so whenever you try to log on into your Windows operating system or Safe Mode with Networking, it will display instead a lock screen shown as in below screenshot, asking you to pay a non-existing fine of £100 in the form of a Ukash or Paysafecard code.
Web cam control
To make the scam more scary, this ransomware virus would even attempt to trick the user into thinking they are under surveillance by webcam, as it always shows a fake screen in “recording” status. Actually this even makes no difference on the infected computer with no web cam at all. Apparently, the truth is ready to jump out at your call.
Moreover, Cyber criminals often often updated the design of this lock screen, however you should always keep in mind that the United Kingdom Police will never lock down your computer or monitor your online activities.
The screenshot of this PCeU Cheshire Police Authority Ransomware lock screen:
The message displayed by the threat can be localized depending on the user’s location, with text written in the appropriate language:
United Kingdom Police Metropolitan Police – PCEU Cheshire Police Authority
ATTENTION! Your PC is blocked due tout 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 200 to 500 minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophilia and etc).
Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain.
Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 12 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 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. Article 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of £2,000 to £8,000. Spam distribution or other unlawful advertising has been effected from your PC as a profit. seeking activity or without your knowledge, your PC may be infected by malware.Article 212 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to £250,000 and a deprivation of liberty of up to 6 years. In case this activity has been effected without your knowledge, you fall under the above mentioned article 210 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain.
Your personality and address are currently being identified, a criminal case is going to be initiated against you under one or more articles specified above within the next 72 hours.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of Great Britain of February 04, 2013, this law infringement (if it is not repeated – first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine to the State. Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement.
As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next 72 hours!
The amount of fine is £100. You can pay a fine Ukash or PaySafeCard.
When you pay the fine, your PC will get unlocked in Ito 72 hours after the money is put into the State’s account. Since your PC is unlocked, you will be given 7 days to correct all violations. In case all violations are not corrected after 7 working days, your PC will be blocked again, and a criminal case will be initiated against you automatically under one or more articles specified above.
The Cheshire Police Authority lock screen is a scam and under no circumstances should you pay any money. Then, what should I do when encounter such scary and risky Cheshire Police Authority virus? A: Just ignore the fake warning and unplug your Internet cable. B: This is a very dangerous computer virus and you can just follow below removal guide to get rid of it completely.
Symptoms of Cheshire Police Authority Ukash/Paysafecard Virus Infection
- > Sneaky infiltrates and once infected, the computer will be totally locked up and the desktop will be hijacked and instead display a bogus notification from authorities like Cheshire Police Authority, United Kingdom Police, PCeU, and the like, asking for a bogus fine of 100 pounds to be paid via Ukash or Paysafecard within 72 hours in order to unlock the computer and be jail free.
- > Every time you restart your computer, this lock screen will appear and even if you reboot your PC into safe mode, the lock screen still appears and the safe mode running is forbidden.
Most ransomware exploits Java or flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. In some cases denying or disabling flash on your system may suspend the Cheshire Police Authority virus and enable the user to navigate through the infected system. If this not a necessity for removal, skip to the removal options below these steps. If any questions in the process, just feel free to contact us for timely help by sending us email below.
To disable (deny) flash
3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).
How to Remove Cheshire Police Authority PCeU Virus (United Kingdom Police Ransomware Removal Guide)
This tutorial suits the removal of Ukash, PaysafeCard, MoneyPak and CashU ransomware.
Generally there are two situations when your computer got infected with this PCeU ransomware. One is that you can still boot your computer to safe mode and the another one is not. According to this, there are two removal options for each situation for you to choose.
- Option 1- Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore
- If your computer can still be booted into safe mode, and the system restore points are not deleted by the infection, you can choose this option for the ransomware removal.
- Option 2-Remove the Ransomware Using Anvi Rescue Disk
- This method is the final solution for deep infection that you computer system is totally blocked from even the safe mode running or all system restore points are deleted by the infection.
Removal Option 1-Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore
Step 1> Launch your PC into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
During the start, keep pressing F8 key till the Advanced Windows Options Menu shows up and then use the arrow key on the keyboard to highlight the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option and then press Enter. See detailed instructions on how to boot Windows to Safe Mode
Note: make sure you login your computer with administrative privileges. (login as admin)
Step 2> Type explorer to access
Once the Command Prompt window appears you only have few seconds to type “explorer” and hit Enter. If you fail to do so within 2-3 seconds, the ransomware virus will not allow you to type anymore.
Step >3 Once Windows Explorer shows up browse to:
- Win XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
- Win Vista/7: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter
Step 4> Restore
Follow all steps to restore or recover your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point), before infection.
Step 5> Scan malware and restart
Removal Option 2-Remove the Ransomware using Anvi Rescue Disk
In most cases of computer infected by ransomware, your PC would be totally blocked from any operation, including safe mode runing. Then, you can use the Anvi Rescue Disk to fix the issue together with the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender. Some patience and time is needed for this removal emthod. If any question in the process, please feel free to send your email below to our online Technical Support for timely help.
Below is a video of ransomware removal using Anvi Rescue Disk for 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 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.
To record the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image 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.
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.
Now, you have bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.
You can also record Anvi Rescue Disk iso image 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.
1. Locate your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file and then click Open button.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
3. Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threats detected by Anvi Rescue Disk.
4. Switch to Repair tab. Scan and fix the registry error with the “Repair” module of Anvi Rescue Disk.
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 resuced from the evil claw of the ransomware infection. However, many professionally crafted ransomware variants have evolved to be very persistant, 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.
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 sytem, 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.
To return a smooth running computer system after the virus removal, you are highly recommended to use a system optimizer like Cloud System Booster to fully boost your computer performance by throwing out junk files, fixing registry errors, optimizing system services and cleanning application files. You can directly download the Cloud System Booster with convenience here: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
You can either download the free version or upgrade it to paid version for basic system maintenance use and upgraded system optimizing efficiency.
How to Proptect Your Computer from PCeU Ransomware Infections
PCeU ransomware virus is being spread using exploit kits which infiltrate users’ computer using found security vulnerabilities, after infiltration exploit kits enables Cyber criminals to have a remote access of the infected machine. So to maximumly avoid being infected by such ransomware infections, you’d better always timely download and install Windows system patches and reguarly backup your important data.
1. You can take all advantages of the free version or paid version of antimalware Anvi Smart Defender together with your installed antivirus to enhance your computer security online. It is worhy to mention that the Anvi Smart Defender pro provides ultimate solutions to computer security online with its web real-time guard, file guard, process guard, etc.
What’s the highlight is that the Anvi AD blocker, which is a nimble ad filter tool, is integrated for free use in paid version Anvi Smart Defender to real-timely block malicious websites, phishing, flash ads, pop up ads, etc, which are often used to distribute malware. Upgrade Anvi Smart Defender to get Anvi AD Blocker free now.
Also if you have enough computer security guarder already, you can also get this great ad blocker here(www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html) by downloading it directly. Please the free trial will expire in 15 days and you can just buy it to real-timely protect your online surfing from any compromised or hacked websites that may spread ransomware trojans onto your computer.
2. Basically, you are supposed to turn on the security features of your Internet browsers to make your online surfing more secure. See detailed steps to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome for safer surfing.
Good luck and be safe online. If any question, email use for timely help below.