‘Your computer has been locked’ is a fake alert that is closely connected to Ukash viruses, mostly categorized as 'ransomware'. As soon as trojan horse attacks you and downloads the threat inside, computer gets locked down completely. Instead of its normal screen, you will see only a huge and annoying alert saying that it's from Royal Canadian Mounted Police or from the Department of Justice. Be sure that this alert only poses to be an official notice from Police and should be simply ignored. The thing you should really become scared about is this ransomware that can be removed only if you have some special knowledge about this virus.
HOW MY COMPUTER CAN GET INFECTED WITH 'YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED'?
Just like other rasomware viruses that belong to this group, this cyber infection is distributed through fake email attachments or infected files pretending to be software updates or video codecs. In most of the cases, it's spam emails or Facebook messages that include infected attachments filled with trojans. As soon as this trojan is downloaded, it hacks the system down and causes ‘Your computer has been locked’ alert, which reports users about invented law violations that have been found to be done on victim's computer. To be more specific, it claims:
Your computer has been locked!
Your computer has been locked due to violation of the law in Canada.
The following violations have been revealed:
- The act of the film shooting. Registration or transfer of documents with pornographic content involving minors, child pornography, sodomy and violence against children. The punishment provided by Article 163.1/164 of the Criminal Code of Canada entails imprisonment for a term of 5 to 7 years.
To unlock your computer, you have to pay a fine in accordance with Canadian law in the amount of 100 euros. A penalty in the form of fine is possible only if it is your first violation. Repeated violation entails criminal liability. If you do not pay the fine, your computer will be confiscated and your case will be referred to the Court.You can pay the fine through our partner or by using Ukash voucher. You can get Ukash voucher for the amount of $250, then fill in the form, specifying a voucher code and then click on the “Pay the fine” button.
1. Your computer will be unlocked right after authenticity control of Ukash voucher. Usually it takes about 1-4 hours. Find your nearest store terminal
2. As for a Ukash voucher for $250
3. Give the retailer your cash including your fee
4. The shopkeeper will print your voucher with a 19-digit Ukash PIN
5. Take the voucher and pay the fine
Besides, this message is also set to display user's IP address and even his location.
Before you fall for 'Your computer has been locked' alert, keep in mind that all these crimes are invented. This message is fake and you don't have to pay the fine through Ukash, Paysafecard, Moneypak or other prepayment system. 'Your computer has been locked' alert is just a tool expected to help for the scammers steal the money from users. Besides, they may also try to use your credit card details for other commercial crimes or steal personal information from you.
HOW CAN I REMOVE 'YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED'?
To remove this sneaky virus and forget about 'Your computer has been locked' alert, you should run a full system scan with PlumbytesWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Reimage. If you are not allowed to get on the Internet and download these programs, follw these steps:
- Take another machine and use it to download Reimage or other reputable anti-malware program.
- Update the program and put into the USB drive or simple CD.
- In the meanwhile, reboot your infected machine to Safe Mode with command prompt and stick USB drive in it.
- Reboot computer infected with 'Your Computer has been locked' virus once more and run a full system scan.
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