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Remove Interpol virus (Free Guide) - updated Feb 2020

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Interpol virus – a threat that demands money for alleged illegal behavior by scaring people with law enforcement agency names

Interpol virusInterpol virus is the program that shows fake pop-ups claiming to be from Interpol/FBI or any other law enforcement agency. It also states that your files got blocked for illegal activities, and the only way to stay from additional problems is to pay the fine of $100, for example. In most cases, the threat also states how much time you have for paying and the preferred platform like Ukash or MoneyPak for the payment transfer.[1] There is no need to pay for these criminals though because this is a scam, there are no particular activities detected that you can be charged for. Also, there are no such agencies or institutions that could ask to pay fine directly on the computer with such pop-up messages.

Even when you cannot close the pop-up or the browser itself and manage the machine yourself, you need to at least try to remove Interpol virus from your machine completely and do that as quickly as possible. This is the version of a common threat that relies on scaring people, so you may encounter a version related to the agency of your country. These threats are known to spread in Germany, France, and other European countries and in areas of the U.S. There is nothing that could stop such threats from spreading around the world, so anyone can get affected.

Name Interpol virus
Type Ransomware/ blackmail virus
Distribution  Maliciosu websites or even hacked legitimate sites spread infection via exploit kits and flaws. Also, such trojans and other dangerous malware gets dropped on the machine directly when malicious file attachment gets opened from the safe-looking email
Tactics The virus shows alerts stating about illegal activities and the need to pay the fine. Notification clams to be sent from a particular agency or institution, so people believe that issues are real ad can cause the problems if the payment is not transferred in time
Danger If you decide to pay the fine, you lose the money, and your computer still remains locked. Such campaigns can even lead to damaged devices or affected computer or lost data or more severe malware infections
Elimination Interpol virus removal cannot be easy, but you should fo that as soon as possible, so rely on anti-malware tool and run a full system scan to terminate this malware
Repair Since this is the threat that can interfere with various processes in the background it can also damage files, functions, and system features. Make sure to use a proper PC repair tool or a system optimizer like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to find as possibly restore virus damage

Interpol virus is the threat from the CashU viruses category that can easily lock your computer down for invented law violations and then ask you to pay the fine through Ukash or Paysafecard prepayment systems. This virus works under the name of Interpol Department of Cybercrime and mostly attacks European and North American countries.

Be aware that its alert, which typically reports that ‘Your IP is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below’, is completely fake and you must NOT pay the fine but remove the Interpol virus from your computer. No matter how trustworthy it looks, it seems only to trick PC users and collect nonexistent files

As we mentioned,  Interpol virus alerts can differ from country to country and depend on particular are. However, the following is the general message that is displayed once the screen gets locked:

Interpol Department of Cybercrime.
Attention!
Your computer is blocked due at least one of the reasons specified below:
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain. Article 128 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 Porno/Zoofilia and etc). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.. Illegal access to computer data has been initiated from your PC, or you have been…. Article 208 other Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to 100,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for four to nine years. Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law of On Neglectful Use of Personal Computer. Article 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 2000 to 8000 euro…

In order to get your computer fixed, you will need to remove Interpol virus from the system. True, removal of this ransomware is especially complicated because this virus is capable of locking down and blocking legitimate software, security functions, recovery features, or Internet connection.

You need to get rid of the threat and then repair the possible damage with a proper PC tool or a system optimization program, so all the alterations are done safely. Please, do NOT keep Interpol virus on your computer because this may lead you to additional issues, such as redirects to illegal websites, collecting of your personally identifiable information, etc.

Keep in mind that the Interpol Department of Cybercrime or other official institution doesn’t collect their fines in this way – they don’t lock computers down and then ask to make a payment through Ukash. If you have been disabled by such alert, follow the tips listed below for Interpol virus removal.  Interpol ransomware
Interpol virus is the malware that locks your computer screen and access to applications to ask for a non-existent fine that can go up to $300.

Shady malware infiltration ways

Just like other viruses developed by people who are money-driven, this trojan is spread through Spam emails filled with infected attachments.[2] Of course, you can also get infected with this ransomware through fake updates, freeware, and other files that have a related Trojan virus added to them.

In order to stay safe, you should delete all suspicious emails that are full of grammar or typo mistakes once you receive them out of nowhere. In addition, please ignore these ads that report about missing Java, Flash Player, FLV Player, and similar updates because they are used for spreading malicious programs instead of the real ones.

If the malware manages to get inside the system, it can easily lock your PC system down so that you couldn't do anything about it. In addition, it will start showing you its alert, which, in fact, looks really unprofessionally because it includes grammar and typo mistakes. However, there is a high chance that it will fool computer users after making them shocked to find that their computer has been suspended by such enforcement agencies as the Interpol Department of Cybercrime.

Interpol virus termination requires tools designed to fight malware

Remember that these messages and pop-up alerts, lock screens, and other claims that appear on the computer screen are false and predetermined because this is a scam campaign,[3] not the real notification from institutions or law enforcement. You need to remove Interpol virus ASAP to avoid any system damage though.

If you wait for too long before you perform the proper Interpol virus removal, the malware can manage to find crucial files, functions, and programs on the system, so various alterations can be made behind your back. When that is done it becomes extremely difficult to clean the machine fully from the virus, and you will need to rely on tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for the repair of the registry and other parts of the system.

If you have been exposed to Interpol Trojan virus, follow these steps that will help you eliminate this threat from your computer: rely on SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes and run the full anti-malware scan on the device, so all potential threats get removed; double-check before doing anything else.

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To remove Interpol virus, follow these steps:

Remove Interpol using Safe Mode with Networking

Restart your computer to Safe Mode with Networking so you can run the AV tool to thoroughly check the machine

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Interpol

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Interpol removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Interpol using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Interpol. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that Interpol removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Interpol and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. isabelle clelland says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    i was actually on facebook i clicked a link and bam i had this virus in the computer i done a full system restore on my system but still now unsure if the virus is lying somewhere in the PC dormant and is going to pop up at any second cause doing a system restore is only option if its really bad at the time it was i was locked out of my PC so my question is will it still be in the pc somware

  2. TKING says:
    August 30th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    These really arent viruses …. they are just plights to try and get money from you … and even if you pay … they dont get removed … Whenever you get stuff like this … the best thing to do is to google it … The above procedure seems straightforward … but, Im inclined to believe, its not that simple … maybe it is… The last time I ran into this with another client, we had to create a self-bootable USB drive that had a cleaner on it … and it took/wiped it right off the system…. So … they CAN be removed …. Just dont get frustrated too much so you can stay focused …. Malwarebytes.org is a great piece of software to use … but, the bottom line is … NONE of them are 100% sure-fires against infection … Otherwise, that “one” solution would be out there, and all these other “solutions” would go by the way-side …. Just my two cents worth … Tim

  3. Neil B. says:
    September 4th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I find that Malwarebytes anti-malware is good for this sort of thing. I have no link to them, its just experience. It just seems to pick up things that the virus-checkers dont. No idea why, though. My AVG antivirus has blocked trojans in the past and even warns me when software is untrustworthy, but it let this interpol virus through, and I shall be having words……

  4. Jason says:
    September 7th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Well when you restart do you have to run in safe mode?and do you have to go back and change the options back?

  5. Pete says:
    September 14th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Hi
    Im a computer novice and have just had this pop up and lock my screen. I have just been on a few forums and attempted the restart in safe mode with command prompt; however, there is no screen for me to enter the command? I dont understand how to remove this virus and get my computer back. If someone please has a simple way that a muppet like me can do I would really appreciate it?
    Thanks
    Pete

  6. Ross says:
    September 28th, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Hi Im trying to follow the instuctions above but for some reason it will not go into safemode i select the option to go into safemode but it doesnt go into safemode it just restarts again as normal any advice

  7. Shafee says:
    October 5th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I just got this virus last night. After trying a few things including the steps above, nothing worked. I restarted my computer, then pressed “esc” at startup to get into the “start up menus” then selected option “F11 System Recovery” then “recovery manager” popped up and I selected “Microsoft system restore” then followed the prompts and restored to the most recent backup (that was done by itself during windows update) and vial lava it worked.

    The weird thing is, I had Microsoft Security Essentials before, but when I got the virus I noticed it wasnt there anymore. I re-downloaded it and my computer is running great.

    I normally dont post on forums but it has helped me lots of times, so Im sharing my experience with this virus. Hope it helps.

  8. J says:
    December 7th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks Shafee this worked for us. My 12 year old was in hysterics about his computer. Poor kid thought someone was coming to get him. People can be such A-holes.

  9. chase says:
    October 25th, 2013 at 5:07 am

    what about for mac? this virus shut down my google chrome browser, but not my safari. how can i fix this?

  10. nick says:
    October 26th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I have the same virus and when i want to start my pc in safe mode it automatically restarts normaly, what should i do? Ive tried a few times whitout luck anyone?

  11. Exx says:
    November 11th, 2013 at 5:03 am

    The you need to Run Msconfig and change the start-up setting to the safe mode and restart – then till you change it back it will be y default setting

  12. Bard says:
    November 9th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Just received this message. Nothing has currently been blocked and I still have full access to my computer. McAfee found and quarinteened 2 files. Should I press further on this issue?

  13. Jon says:
    November 14th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I always use Hirens Boot CD, it has a mini windows Xp and you can run antivirus from there, this cd has already saved my computer 4 times, 3 from viruses and once when I forgot my password, GET THIS CD

  14. Chris says:
    December 7th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    cant run msconfig as when i pick safemode it goes right to normal startup

  15. protip haha says:
    January 23rd, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    OKay, for you guys tha cant get safemode up.

    Here is a protip I use for this garbage.
    Use CTRL+ALT+DEL, then start your task manager that way

    Then use CTRL+ALT+DEL, and choose restart your comp,
    If Task manager is on, it will ask very quickly, force restart or cancel, choose cancel
    That will shut down all non essential programs, including the Interpol Virus.

    Now your comp should be free, so you can sort it from there.

  16. zama says:
    November 28th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks mate it worked for me

  17. louk says:
    November 29th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    you sir, are awesome i love you

  18. TomCass says:
    January 29th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I recently had similar issues with removing the Interpol virus and found the following work around.

    A few details about my system first
    Windows XP Professional SP3
    Dell Optiplex 170L (PC) (old I know : )

    I had also tried various removal tools including anvisoft without successful removal of the Interpol virus.

    1. Restart your computer.
    2. When the computer reboots and the desktop appears (icons, start menu etc), [b]press the power button on the PC[/b].
    This initiates a system shutdown and on my PC killed the lock screen.

    3. Other dialog boxes then appear asking you to end more processes.
    4. Prevent the system from shutting down by clicking the close dialog button (x) on any one of those end process dialog boxes that appear.

    I was then able to access my system as normal, download and install malware software which this time found and repaired the infected files. ( previous scans using boot CDs had either failed to find anything or had found only a small number, around 11, infected files).

  19. steve says:
    March 6th, 2014 at 3:17 am

    after spending modt of the day here, I used my linux boot cd and just deleted the files and fixed the problem None of these anti virus progs worked for me. simple hey.I dont use windows for this exact reason

  20. David says:
    March 11th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    i exprnced da same ill to mi PC jst ystrdy, and i was so devstatd i couldt slep. The situation waz nt hlpd by mi inexprnc to probable case, the thght of losin al mi imprtnt data jst killd me. thnx 2 yo advices, wl try one if nt sm of thm.

  21. mark says:
    October 12th, 2014 at 4:38 am

    this works of type how to remove interpool virus on youtube you will get mutiple tutorials in every situation

  22. robert A says:
    October 19th, 2014 at 6:18 am

    David nothing in the characters you typed was determinable in any form of english. pls try again its important

  23. Arride PC Optimizer says:
    November 18th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Great and very easy way to remove the virus from pc. I am really admire the knowledge of the writer and also want to say thanks to share with us…

  24. krishna says:
    November 20th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    safe mode is not starting, F8 is not working, any help?

  25. julio says:
    December 1st, 2014 at 2:34 am

    My laptop is windows 8 and dosent get to the menu on f8 how can i put it please help?

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