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United Kingdom Police virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - -   Also known as Ukash virus, Police virus | Type: Ransomware

United Kingdom Police virus is a dangerous ransomware infection, which attacks PC users who live in UK. Once it gets inside its target PC system, this virus locks it down so that the victim couldn't find a way to connect to the Internet or access the desktop, applications, or files. This technique also involves a huge notification, which covers the desktop. Just like PCeU virus or other ransomware, which was released previously, United Kingdom Police virus announces that victim was noticed for various e-crimes and now has to pay a ransom. However, if you were accused for using copyrighted content, files that are related to child pornography or other activities, you must ignore this warning because it's fake. In addition, you should remove United Kingdom Police virus ASAP.

HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH United Kingdom Police virus?

United Kingdom Police virus can block your computer as soon as it infiltrates it. Distribution of this ransomware involves hacked websites that typically offer downloading copyrighted video or audio file. Besides, scammers have also been using infected emails that announce about missing payment and similar things. Please, be very careful with unknown emails if you want to avoid United Kingdom Police virus. If this virus manages to sneak inside the system, it modifies it so that it could start its work every time PC is rebooted. After that, it displays such warning:

United Kingdom PolicePolice Central e-crime UnitPCeU & Metropolitan PoliceCheshire Police Authority
Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.
You have been violation 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.
Fines may be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next 72 hours.
The amount of fine is £100. You can pay a fine Ukash or PaySafeCard.
When you pay the fine, your PC will be unlocked in 1 to 72 hours after the money is put into the State's account.

Please, ignore this fake warning because it is used by Internet criminals for the only reason – to make people pay 100 pounds via Ukash, Paysafecard or other prepayment system. Making a payment doesn't help to unblock the computer. For that, you should remove United Kingdom Police virus with all its files and folders.

HOW TO REMOVE United Kingdom Police virus?

If you want to remove United Kingdom Police virus, you should unblock the system and scan your computer with legitimate anti-spyware. For that, choose one of these guides that are give below:

Manual United Kingdom Police virus removal:

  1. Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable thisI virus (this should be working with all versions of this threat)
  2. Run Regedit
  3. Search for WinLogon Entries and write down all the files that are not explorer.exe or blank. Replace them with explorer.exe.
  4. Search the registry for these files you have written down and delete the registry keys referencing the files.
  5. Reboot and run a full system scan with updated Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes to remove remaining files.

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 United Kingdom Police virus once more and run a full system scan.

If you can't reach Safe Mode, follow these guides:

  1. Reboot your infected computer.
  2. Click Start -> Run and enter (if your are blocked by ransomware, press alt+tab and continue entering this address)
  3. A warning that belongs to ransomware may show up again. In this case, press Alt+Tab and “R” as much as needed.
  4. Install anti-malware and run a full system scan to remove malicious files from the system.

* Users infected with these ransomware threats 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': After doing that, run a full system scan with anti-malware program.

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United Kingdom Police virus snapshot
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