The term “ransomware” has been very popular lately, because the different infections of the kind have been released into wild. Police virus is one of the umbrella terms for such infections as PRS for Music virus, FBI MoneyPak, International Police Association (IAC), Interpol virus, etc. The infections are categorized as Police virus because of their tendency to represent the police of a particular country or such research institutions as the FBI, Canadian Investigation Department, etc.
The term Police virus includes different versions of Ukash virus, which presents either an organization that investigates copyright infringements or the police. For example, Police virus includes West Yorkshire Police virus, Interpol Department Trojan, Investigation Department virus, FBI MoneyPak, International Police Association (IAC) virus, Cuerpo National De Policia virus, Den Svenska Polisen It-sakerhet Ukash and others. These and over variants of Police virus are detected in the United States, Canada and European countries, including Germany, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Poland. When the infection enters the system and displays a bogus message which is supposedly sent by the Police, it is important to ignore the message due to the fact that it is designed by cyber criminals, and its content does not mean anything.
The message is used to scare computer users into thinking that the police, or, for example, FBI or Interpol Department, have been investigating cases related to pornography or copyrighted material such as MP3 songs, video material and software. The infection locks the computer down and claims that it will continue until the user pay a charge of one hundred dollars or in other currency. There are also some cases when the fine is €50, $200, or 500kr. Moreover, not all Police virus’ versions are so “kind” regarding the deadline of paying the fine, because there are some cases when the money is required to be paid within 72 hours counting from the display of the message.
Whatever is claimed in any message presented by Police virus, it is important to remove the infection to restore the computer. This should be done by using an automatic spyware removal application which will remove Police Virus and protect the computer against infections in the future. The instructions below will surely help you to access the Internet and download a specialized application for Police virus’ removal:
1. Restart the computer and hit the F8 key on your keyboard.
2. Chose Safe Mode with Networking.
3. Launch the Run program in your Start menu and type in “msconfig”; press Ok.
4. Find the Startup tab and uncheck all start up programs.
5. Download, for example, SpyHunter.
6. Restart the computer normally and install the application to remove Police Virus.