GVU Virus is a computer ransomware infection that displays a fake message from the German Federal Office for Information Security. This message is displayed all over the screen and the user is not allowed to access his desktop unless he pays the ransom fee. It is obvious that GVU Virus is marketed for users with German IPs. It is very common for a user to get infected with GVU Virus via a drive-by download. This ransomware has been distributed by Reveton Trojan ever since the beginning of 2012. Once the infection gets into the system, it checks for the user's IP address and then changes its interface into the GVU Virus.
If you get infected with GVU Virus, the next time you turn on your computer, you will no longer be able to see your desktop. Instead you will see the threatening message in German that reads:
Ihr Computer wurde von der GVU gesperrt.
Auf Ihrem Computer wurden illegal heruntergeladene Medien ("Raubkopien") gefunden.
Diese sind in Form von Music, Filmen oder Entertainmentsoftware vorhande. Durch den Download wurden diese Medien vervielfältigt, so dass ebenfalls eine Strafbarkeit gemass # 106 Urhebergesetz gegeben ist.
Um die Sperre aufzuheben und v/eiteren Strafrechtlichen konsequenzen aus dem Weg zu gehen, sind Sie verplichtet eine Mahngebühr in Höhe von €50,- zu bezahlen. Zahlbar durch unseren Payment-Partner Ukash. Nach erfolgreicher Bezahlung wird Ihr Computer automatisch entsperrt.
As you can see, the message says that your computer has been locked due to the fact that "pirated" media has been found on your hard drive. GVU Virus quotes it as a criminal offense and then even indicates possible punishments for your criminal "acts", so its no wonder that a big number of users get scared by GVU Virus enough to actually pay the 50 Euro release fee. After all, when you put it into a perspective, paying 50 Euro doesn't seem as bad as facing criminal charges. However, this is nothing but a pure scam, and GVU Virus will never unlock your desktop even if you do pay the ransom fee.
GVU Virus IS NOT related to the Federal Office for Information Security. It is just another variation of Ukash Virus that wants to rip you off. You need to remove GVU Virus yourself, and that is not a hard thing to do:
For Windows XP:
Leave a comment below if you have any question about the removal process.