Internet Crime Complaint Center virus is another ransomware, which hails from Ukash group of scams. The group has been called Ukash because of prepayment system, which is used to collect the money from victims. Just like FBI virus, this cyber infection clearly mimics one of US governmental agencies and tries to mislead users into thinking that they have been blocked for illegal activities on their computers. To be more precise, Internet Crime Complaint Center locks computer with a huge alert, which lists various crimes and additionally asks to pay the fine of $500 in order to remove this lock. However, even paying the fine doesn't help to get rid of a misleading warning from the desktop. You must remove Internet Crime Complaint Center virus in order to recover your Internet connection and start using your PC normally.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH Internet Crime Complaint Center virus?
Internet Crime Complaint Center virus is spread by trojan horses. Just like many other viruses, it can get inside the system together with freeware, shareware, spam emails and other downloads that come from unofficial sources. However, the most popular way to spread this ransomware is making user think that he/she has to update Adobe Flash Player. Once it clicks on such alert, victim downloads trojan hore on computer, which additionally blocks the desktop and starts showing its misleading alert. In fact, this message looks really tricky and includes Internet Crime Complaint Center's logos, victim's IP address and other details. Here's what this fake warning claims:
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Department of Federal Bureau of Investigation
Threat of prosecution reminder
All activity of this computer is being recorded using audio, video and other devices.
Saved data will be used for identification.
Illegal activity report is sent to government agencies.
Threat of prosecution reminder
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited pornographic content (child porn, zoofilia, etc.) thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the United States of America. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of the United States of America of May 28, 2011, 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.
Be sure that this virus seeks the only thing – to swindle your money. Instead of paying the fine and sending the code for the bad guys, we highly recommend to ignore this warning and remove Internet Crime Complaint Center virus from your computer.
HOW CAN I REMOVE Internet Crime Complaint Center virus?
When trying to remove Internet Crime Complaint Center virus, the biggest issue is to unblock the system. Some victims claim that setting computer's date to the previous can help to unblock it. However, it this fails to work, use one of these options. Additionally, download anti-malware program and remove infected files from the system.
* Flash drive method:
1. Take another machine and use it to download STOPzilla, Reimage or other reputable anti-malware program.
2. Update the program and put into the USB drive or simple CD.
3. In the meanwhile, reboot your infected machine to Safe Mode with command prompt and stick USB drive in it.
4. Reboot computer infected with Ukash virus once more and run a full system scan.
* Users infected with Ukash viruses are allowed to access other accounts on their Windows systems. If one of such accounts has administrator rights, you should be capable to launch anti-malware program.
* Try to deny the Flash to make your ransomware stop function as intended. In order to disable the Flash, go to Macromedia support and select 'Deny': http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html. After doing that, run a full system scan with anti-malware program.
* Manual Ukash virus removal:
- Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable Ukash virus (this should be working with all versions of this threat)
- Run Regedit
- Search for WinLogon Entries and write down all the files that are not explorer.exe or blank. Replace them with explorer.exe.
- Search the registry for these files you have written down and delete the registry keys referencing the files.
- Reboot and run a full system scan with updated Reimage, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware to remove remaining virus files.
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