Recently, many computers have been attacked by the virus “EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency”, which leads to lock screen. Meanwhile, innocent PC victims are threatened to pay a fine via Ukash or Paysafecard code due to their illegal online activities. If you are suffering from this terrible virus, please follow the removal guide below to get rid of this malicious malware. Read more.
Table of content:
● Scam designed by EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus
● How Does EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus Infect Computer
● Situation Possible to Occur When You Remove EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus
● Similar Ransomware
● How to Remove EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus
Scam designed by EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus
EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus belongs to the category of ransomware that is created to target PC users in Europe, especially the United Kingdom. This ransomware disguises as legal enforcement agency — EUROPOL and European Law Enforcement Agency to warn you that you are suspected of watching or propagating pornographic materials, illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, etc. Then, the virus uses this notification to block your screen and threats you that you must pay a fine via Ukash or Paysafecard code within 48 hours to unlock your desktop. Or your will be arrested by police and the screen will keep being locked. In order to make more users believe the scam, the cyber criminals behind this ransomware even add fake video window to bogus notifications to scare you that they have record your illegal actions in your room. Actually, this video is fake and non-existing. Their ultimate purpose is to steal innocent computer victims’ money.
Version of the fake notification sent by EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency depends on where you are. In different countries, fake notification’s language and background are unlike. And the version of this virus is constantly updated. Below we will offer you two different version of this ransomware.
Fake messages presented by EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus
Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below:
Your computer has been trying to download and/or to install pirated software or multimedia files protected by international laws and has been blocked According to EU legislation you are required to pay 100 EUR administrative fees if this is the first time you have violated the copyright law. Downloading, installing and distributing Such materials is highly punishable and may leave a long lasting effect on your job and on your friends and relatives, if we don’t receive a payment within 48 hours your personal information will be Sent TO your local police authorities. Your hardware used for distribution of pirated software will be confiscated and you will be arrested, charged and convicted for up to 5 years in prison time and registered as a thief for the rest of your life.
To help you make your payment faster and totally anonymous to you, we decided to accept vouchers that are spread nationwide and can be purchased in all major stores.
Eli Legislation p. 163.1 131 Every person who transmits, makes available, distributes, sells, advertises, imports, exports or possesses for the purpose of transmission, making available, distribution, sale, advertising or exportation any illegal software files is guilty of an indictable of fence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of five years.
European law enforcement agency
All activities of this computer has been recorded. All your files are encrypted.
You PC (Windows 7(64-Bit)) is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.
You have been subjected to violation of Copyright and Related Rights Law Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted contents, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8. Clause 8. also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of Great Britain.. Article 1, Section 8, Cause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine 01 100 to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years. You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic contents: (Child Porno, Zoophilla and etc), terrorist materials. Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain, Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve 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 Codes provides for a fine of up to £100,000 and or deprivation of liberty for four to nine years. Pursuant to the amendment to Criminal Code of Great Britain of May28, 2011, this law infringement (if it is not repeated -first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine.
To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, you are obliged to pay a release fee of £100. Payable through Ukash or Paysafecard. You can buy the code at any shop organ station. When you pay the fine, your PC will be unblocked in 3 to 48 hours after the money is put into the your account, Please note: Fines may only be paid within 48 hours. As soon as 48 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and the criminal case will be initiated against you automatically within the next 48 hours!
How Does EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus Infect Computer
Situation 1: Some malicious websites and legal websites that have been compromised as well as malicious links, attachments in spam emails may contain EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus. When you click on them, this may be downloaded surreptitiously.
Situation 2: You may be convinced that certain free software which may include malware is very useful for you. After your download and install it, malicious program EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency virus may also be installed on your PC packaged with the free software.
Situation 3: Your PC may also be captured by EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency virus via peer-to-peer file sharing websites which may carry some malware and virus.
Avoid opening unknown, unwanted websites or links, attachments in spam emails.
Avoid downloading free software from unknown websites, especially peer-to-peer file sharing websites.
Install antimalware software to prevent your PC from the attack of ransomware and other malware.
Recommended: Anvi Smart Defender
Situation Possible to Occur When You Remove EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency 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;
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. Also, some malicious files may be added to your computer and then bring you bad consequences.
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How to Remove EUROPOL European Law Enforcement Agency Virus
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
(Tips for removing the virus)
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”.
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.
5. When such a window appears, click next.
6. Choose a restore point from the list, then click next.
7. At last click finish to complete the restore.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Method for case 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.
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 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.
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.
If you are still feel difficult to use Anvi Resue Disk, please read How to Remove Ransomware Using Anvi Rescue Disk
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