STOP PIRACY is a dangerous ransomware virus, which tends to infect PC users living in France. We must warn that other French-speaking countries, like Belgium and Switzerland, should also be aware about this dangerous attacker. Just like any other Ukash virus, this threat blocks the system and then displays its fake alert, which asks to pay the money for various illegal activities. Stop Piracy virus displays a message, which seems to belong for a governmental organization. In this case, ransomware seeks to create an image that it belongs to Stop Online Piracy Act organization. In fact, this organization really tries to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property, but it has never been blocking computers in order to make users pay the fines for their illegal activities. If you see Stop Piracy virus on your computer, you should ignore its alert and remove this ransoware before it initiates more serious problems on your computer.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH STOP PIRACY?
STOP PIRACY ransomware is distributed by trojan horse, which can get inside the system without any user's permission asked. You should avoid downloading freeware, shareware, unofficial software and its updates, or clicking on various pop-up ads if you want to avoid Stop Piracy ransomware. Once it gets inside the PC, it locks the entire system first. As a result, user becomes incapable to get on the Internet or use his programs. He sees only this fake black alert with 'Stop Piracy Document-maître des infractions' words. Please, don't fall for this virus and never pay those 100 euros using Ukash or Paysafecard because this won't help you to unlock your computer. This alert has nothing to do with legitimate SOPA organization and seeks only to rip you off. We highly recommend to remove Stop Piracy virus if you are infected with this intruder.
HOW CAN I REMOVE STOP PIRACY RANSOMWARE?
When trying to remove Stop Piracy virus from the system, you have to unblock it first. Some users claim that restoring computer to the previous date helps, some of the declare that for unblocking they have been using a simple reboot to Safe Mode with Networking. However, if you have more serious version of Stop Piracy virus, follow these steps:
* Users infected with Stop Piracy virus 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 Stop Piracy removal:
- 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 SpyHunter to remove remaining virus files.
* Flash Drive method:
- Take another PC and download STOPzilla, SpyHunter or other reputable anti-malware program with it.
- Update the program and put it into your USB drive or simply burn a CD disk.
- While the CD burns or USB drive get's the information, reboot your infected machine to Safe Mode with Command Prompt (by pressing F8 on boot) and then stick the prepared USB drive or put the CD disk in it.
- Reboot the infected computer once more and run a full system scan with the program you downloaded.