Police Central e-crime Unit virus (also called as United Kingdom Police virus and PCeU virus) is a ransomware infection that should never be trusted. We have already notified you about Police Central e-crime Unit virus some months ago. However, it seems that this serious ransomware keeps disabling its victims and locks up the entire computer's system. In addition, this cyber threat displays its trustworthy-looking alert, which requires to pay the 'fine' in order to unlock the PC. This virus is also known as a member of Ukash viruses that are set to present themselves as legitimate institutions or police units. Police Central e-crime Unit virus presents itself as UK’s Police representative, so it attacks users located in the UK. However, there are other Ukash versions that are actively spread in other countries as well. Before you think you have been locked by your local police office and now you have to pay the fine, check your PC with anti-malware program.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH Police Central e-crime Unit virus?
PCeU virus uses typical ways of distribution. You need only to open the spam letter or click on the misleading link and you will be infected with trojan horse that will additionally download this ransomware into your computer. As soon as it gets there, Police Central e-crime Unit virus displays its misleading notification and waits until its victim falls for it and pays the fine. This fine is required for invented crimes, like copyrighted content's distribution or even malware's distribution:
This operating system is locked due to the violation of the laws of the United Kingdom Following violations detected:
This IP address was used to visit websites containing pornography, child pornography, zoophilia and child abuse, your computer also contains video files with Pornographic content, elements of violence and child pornography! Spam-messages with terrorist motives were also sent from your computer. This computer lock is aimed to stop your illegal activity.(...)
To unlock the computer you are obliged to pay a fine of £ 100.
You could pay the forfeit in two ways: (...)
If an error occurs, send the code to address [email protected]
Please, never believe these words because they seek to make you pay for invented activity on your computer. Governmental authorities never collect their fines in such way, so you should simply ignore United Kingdom police virus notification instead of paying the fine through one of its prepayment systems given. Additionally, we highly recommend to remove this threat completely.
HOW CAN I REMOVE Police Central e-crime Unit virus?
As you can see, cyber criminals are actively inventing new ways of tricking users and Police Central e-crime Unit virus is one of these ways. If we talk about successful removal of such ransomware, you should firstly unlock the system and then use Reimage, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware to remove PCeU virus for good. In order to unlock your PC follow one of these options:
Flash drive method:
1. Take another machine and use it to download 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 United Kingdom Police virus once more and run a full system scan.
* Users infected with these ransomware threats 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 PCeU virus removal:
- Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable thisI 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 files.
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