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Remove Metropolitan Police virus (Removal Instructions) - updated Jul 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Strathclyde Police Virus, Ukash virus | Type: Malware

Metropolitan Police virus – a scam that urges a fine of £100 for falsely violent activities

Metropolitan Police malware

Metropolitan Police virus, also known as “Metropolitan Police – your computer was locked to stop your illegal activity!” is a computer-locking scam that launches attempts on people from the UK. This malware drops a scamming message that claims about a lock screen that is a result of some type of illegal tasks performed. As a way to restore your computer back to its previous states, victims are urged to pay a ransom of £100 via Ukash or Paysafecard[1] for ensuring anonymity.

Name  Metropolitan Police virus
Also known as “Metropolitan Police – your computer was locked to stop your illegal activity!”
Type Scam
Target Users from the United Kingdom
Fine £100
Danger You can face big monetary losses, get your credentials exposed, or even receive a secret malware download
Removal Use Reimage to detect the potential threat that has been causing this scam or any malware that might have entered your computer via this suspicious message 

Be aware of Metropolitan Police scam as it claims false things for monetary benefits. You can encounter this type of scam on third-party websites or it can be brought to your computer system as a sign of an adware infection. However, you should not believe in these claims at any point of view. Scammers have been doing a great job of convincing gullible people here.

Metropolitan Police virus states that your IP address has been found linked to adult-themed networks that included illegal content of young children in particular violence scenes and even zoophilia. As a result of this, a penalty of £100 needs to be transferred in the time period of 24 hours. If the fine is not paid, crooks threaten with permanent data loss.

Once Metropolitan Police virus appears on your computer system, it will provide a message with the logo of the Metropolitan Police department. Supposedly, the scam will look like this:

Metropolitan Police Working together for a safer London Location: United Kingdom.
This computer was locked to stop your illegal activity!
To unlock the computer you must pay a fine of 100 pounds.
You could pay the fine in two ways:
1) Paying by Ukash:
To do this, you should enter the 19 digits code in the payment form and press OK. (if you have several codes, enter them one after the other and press OK). If errors occur, send your IP address and payment code to email: info@online-cyber-police.com
2) Paying by Paysafecard:
To do this, you should enter the 19 digits code in the payment form and press OK. (if you have several codes, enter them one after the other and press OK). You could buy Ukash in many places: shops, stand-alone-terminals, online or via E-Wallet (electronic cash). Below you can find the list of points of sale of Ukash in United Kingdom…

“Metropolitan Police – your computer was locked to stop your illegal activity!” is a scam that offers to pay the fake fine in two different methods both of which ensure the anonymity of the transaction. This way hackers can continue with scamming purposes and be capable of attacking even a bigger number of users.

Metropolitan Police virus
Metropolitan Police virus is a scam that urges a fine of £100

Note that having Metropolitan Police virus on your computer and following its commands might be dangerous. Not only that you are at big risk of monetary losses but this scam can also result in the secret installation of malware. It might carry a Trojan virus in some type of location, e.g. hyperlink or third-party advertisement.

The best thing to do is to remove Metropolitan Police virus from your machine and the object that has been forcing its appearance. Our recommendation would be to get anti-malware such as Reimage to help you out. This software will scan the entire computer system and locate any potentially suspicious or dangerous objects.

However, if you think that some type of threat might be located on your computer and causing more trouble than just the appearance of the scam before you take care of Metropolitan Police virus removal, you should look at the end of the article and launch your computer in different boot options for disabling any types of malicious processes.

A computer user has reported to a Norton by Symantec forum that he encountered that he has been encountering the Metropolitan Police virus scamming message within each computer boot. Gladly, rebooting the system in System Restore appeared to be a helpful thing for him.[2]

Metropolitan Police scam
Metropolitan Police scam - a false notification that claims to have spotted illegitimate activity on the victim's computer

The delivering process of scams

According to experts from Virusai.lt,[3] scam messages can appear occasionally on third-party websites, for example, piracy networks, adult-themed pages, gambling sites, and similar. If a scam occurs on this type of source, what you have to do is close the website (if possible). If not, reboot to Safe Mode and run an anti-malware scan to ensure that no malware was injected while you were dealing with the scam message.

Additionally, the forced appearance of scams can be caused by some type of potential threat that has been injected into the computer system. This can be any type of potentially unwanted programs, for example, adware, browser hijacker, etc. Furthermore, some other scamming messages are commonly delivered via email spam campaigns and target users straight from their inbox by providing them with false information.

Removal guidelines for Metropolitan Police virus

If you have been dealing with this annoying scam lately, you should remove Metropolitan Police virus from your computer system without any hesitation. Use reliable anti-malware such as Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes to search the entire machine for possible malware strings.

Once this software detects “Metropolitan Police – your computer was locked to stop your illegal activity!”, you need to make sure that no additional components have come together with this scam. As we have already mentioned, the scamming message might bring dangerous threats straight to the system.

For this not to happen, you need to deal with Metropolitan Police virus removal on time. Besides, you can take a look at the below-provided system boot options that will allow you to disable all suspicious processes on your computer.

 

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To remove Metropolitan Police virus, follow these steps:

Remove Metropolitan Police using Safe Mode with Networking

Use Safe Mode with Networking to deactivate all malicious activities that might have been going on lately:

  • 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 Metropolitan Police

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

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

Remove Metropolitan Police using System Restore

Boot your computer to System Restore and disable the malware. Activate this mode with the help of these guidelines:

  • 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 Metropolitan Police. 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 and make sure that Metropolitan Police removal is performed successfully.

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

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Jake Doevan
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