Metropolitan Police Total Policing is a misleading message, which belongs to a ransomware virus. This message classically lists various e-crimes and then asks to pay a fine of 100 pounds to unlock its affected computer. Before you fall for this lie, remember that Metropolitan Police Total Policing belongs to a huge group of viruses that have been actively working for more than half of the year (remember Metropolitan Police virus, FBI virus or Police Central e-Crime virus?). As soon as it infects its target PC, it blocks the entire system with a huge message, which looks trustworthy and officially. Metropolitan Police Total Policing pretends to belong for UK's Police office. Keep in mind: such institutions have NEVER been blocking computers when collecting fines from people. If you see this alert, which states that your computer was locked because of downloading copyrighted videos or other illegal activities, you are infected. You must ignore this scam message and remove Metropolitan Police Total Policing from the system.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH Metropolitan Police Total Policing?
Metropolitan Police Total Policing virus is spread by trojan, which comes inside the system without any sign. Mostly, users download this threat once they click on malicious link or open infected e-mail's attachment. If you want to prevent infiltration of ransomware viruses, you should always keep your legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware programs updated. Besides, follow safe browsing practices. So, as soon as Metropolitan Police Total Policing gets inside, it immediately modifies the system and locks computer's screen down. Besides, it replaces the desktop with Metropolitan Police Total Policing alert, which says:
Attention! All data on your hard drive is encrypted. To avoid data loss do not try to restore, reinstall your Operating system or unlock it manually.
YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED!
All activity of the computer has been recorded. If you use webcam, videos and pictures were saved for your identification.
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Torrent, Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content.
This fine may only be paid within 48 hours, if you let 48 hours pass without payment, the possibility of unlocking your computer expires.
This ransomware additionally gives the steps that should be followed when paying the fine and also displays its 'official' website. We highly recommend to ignore this misleading alert, which asks to pay 100 pounds using Ukash or other prepayment system. If you do that, you will lose your money and won't have your computer unlocked. The only way to fix your machine is to remove Metropolitan Police Total Policing virus as soon as you start seeing this notification.
One important detail: Metropolitan Police Total Policing has been noticed to have ability to encrypt the data on its infected computers. In order to minimize the damage and stop this ransomware while it's locking your files, you should unplug your system as soon as you start seeing its fraudulent warning message. This should work because encryption usually needs time.
HOW TO REMOVE Metropolitan Police Total Policing?
When trying to remove Metropolitan Police Total Policing from the system, you should ignore its directions given on this fake altert because this won't help you to unlock your computer. In order to do that, you should firstly unlock the system and then use legitimate anti-malware programs to remove infected files from the system. For scanning, we recommend using Malwarebytes or Reimage. Here are the steps that cshould be used for unblocking the system:
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 Metropolitan Police Total Policing virus once more and run a full system scan.
* Users infected with Metropolitan Police Total Policing 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 Metropolitan Police Total Policing virus removal:
- Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable this 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 files.
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