‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine’ or 'You have 48 hours to pay the fine' is a misleading full-screen message, which causes system’s lock down on victim’s computer. Security experts claim that it belongs to one of these ransomware viruses, Ukash threats, that pretend to belong for official institutions, such as various police offices, e-crime units or even the Federal bureau of investigation. ‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine’ classically claims that user’s computer has been noticed while taking part in illegal online activities, such as viewing pornographic videos, spreading viruses or distributing copyrighted content. Additionally, this alert asks to pay the fine for all these crimes within 72 hours or 48 hours. Otherwise, victim can be punished by more serious fines and even imprisonment. Before you fall for all this misleading campaign, you should realize that it is initiated by nothing else but Trojan virus. So, you must remove ‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine’ virus from your computer and ignore its fake message.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine'?
There are various ways how you can get infected with ‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine’ virus. In most of the cases, it is spread as an official letter. Once victim opens its attachment, he/she is infected with ransomware threat, which is really similar to Your computer has been blocked virus. Another way how you can get infected with this threat involves visiting hacked websites and clicking on unknown links. Please, avoid such domains if you want to avoid ‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine’ virus on your computer. As soon as it gets inside, this scamware blocks the entire system and prevents the victim from accessing the Windows Registry Editor, Task Manager, Internet connection or Start Menu. Additionally, it starts its misleading campaign, which is undoubtedly used to steal the money from unaware PC users. You must ignore ‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine’ or 'You have 48 hours to pay the fine' notifications and remove this scamware from your PC.
HOW CAN I REMOVE ‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine'?
When trying to remove ‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine’ message from your computer, the biggest problem is unlocking the system. First of all, you should try restoring your computer to a previous date and then launching a scanner to find and remove infected files. If this doesn't help, follow these tips:
* Flash drive method:
1. Take another machine and use it to download Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, Malwarebytes Anti Malware 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 ‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine’ once more and run a full system scan.
* Users infected with ransomware 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 ‘You have 72 hours to pay the fine’ removal (special skills needed!):
- 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 to remove remaining virus files.