You will notice the Europol EC3 Virus on your computer immediately, because it denies desktop access and displays a fraudulent message that claims you have committed serious crimes. This ransomware infection is called Europol EC3 Virus, because it has a logo of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3 Europol). It makes the notification look believable and users are easily tricked into paying a ransom fee of 100 euro, 100 pounds or any other currency, depending on your location. You cannot believe in anything Europol EC3 Virus has to say. The program only aims for your money, so the sooner you remove Europol EC3 Virus the better.
There are many different versions of this application, considering the fact that there is a localized variant of Europol EC3 Virus almost for every European country. Different version of this ransomware infection carries different names of local law enforcement authorities, so if you are located in the United Kingdom, the top of the message will contain the name of local Police authority in the United Kingdom (United Kingdom Police Virus), or if you have an Irish IP, Europol EC3 Virus will be adored with Ireland's National Police Service symbols. However, all of these different versions are simply variants of the same ransomware infection that comes from Ukash Virus group and is distributed by Urausy Trojan.
The message delivered by Europol EC3 Virus is not real, and thus should be ignored completely:
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 [country].
Fines may only paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next hours!
The amount of fine is [currency] 100. You can a fine PaySafeCard or Ukash.
There is no way Europol EC3 Virus will unlock your computer even if you pay the ransom fee via alternative payment systems (PaySafeCard and/or Ukash). You have to unlock your computer yourself and refer to professional help if you want to remove Europol EC3 Virus for good. First, follow the instructions below to get your desktop back:
Windows Vista & Windows 7
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