A lock screen that says “Your computer is locked” in name of International Police Association makes an appearance on your computer when you start it? Then you are unluckily coming across a piece of ransomware named International Police Association (IAC) Ukash virus. Read more in this post to completely remove this infection by following the step by step removal instructions detailed in this post.
What is International Police Association (IAC) Ukash virus?
International Police Association message blocking computer's screen ("Your computer is locked") and asking to pay a fine of 50 euro via Ukash is a scam. This message is a ransomware virus which was developed by Cyber criminals to trick unsuspecting PC users into paying a non existent fine for supposedly made law violations. The deceptive text in this message states that PC users have to pay a fine for visiting sites containing child pornography. Computer users should understand that these accusations are totally false, furthermore none of real authorities (including International Police Association, International Administration Center) or organizations around the world are using such computer's screen locking messages to collect fines for any law violations. Notice that paying a fine using Ukash when asked by this message would equal to sending one's money to Cyber criminals.
This particular ransomware virus is targeted at Internet user from UK and exploits the name of IAC to make the deceptive message appear more legitimate. There are several ransomware infections which target PC users from UK, other known ransomware viruses exploits the names of United Kingdom Police (United Kindom Police Ukash virus) and Metropolitan Police (PCeU). If you see this or similar message on your computer's screen asking to pay a fine in order to unlock one's computer you can be sure that you are dealing with a ransomware virus - don't trust such messages, the right way of treating them is their elimination from one's PC.
International Police Association Ukash ransomware virus is being distributed using exploit kits which are capable of detecting computer's security vulnerabilities and infecting them with such screen locking viruses. Most common source of exploit kits are malicious websites, drive-by downloads and infected email messages. To protect your computer from such ransomware viruses one should keep their operating system and all of the installed software (including Java, Flash etc.) up-to-date. Moreover you should always use legitimate antivirus and anti-malware software . If your computer is already infected with International Police Association ransomware you should ignore the fake massage and use the provided removal guide to eliminate this scam from your PC.
Fake message presented in International Police Association "Your computer is locked" virus:
International Police Association - IAC
International Administration Center
Your computer is locked.
Your actions over the computer are recorded. If you have used a camera, video and photos were seized as evidence.
Your identity will be established by IP-address and the appropriate domain.
If you use an IP-camera photos and videos are saved to establish your identity.
The Police of Great Britain have found out that you visited the site with child pornography. In this regard temporary files on your PC containing pornographic material were found. These actions are illegal.
To unlock the computer and delete the temporary files containing illegal materials you need to make a payment of 50 euros via Ukash within 24 hours.
You can get Ukash from hundreds of thousands of global locations, online, from wallets, from kiosks and ATMs.
This message is totally a scam and under no circumstances should you trust it and pay the fine it claims.
If you encounter such a nasty ransomware infection on your computer, please follow below removal instructions to get rid of it. If any question, please feel free to get in touch for assistance.
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Symptoms of International Police Association (IAC) Ukash Ransomware Infection
- Every time you boot your computer, it will lock the entire computer OS and afterwards the desktop is totally hijacked by a fake alert from International Police Association (IAC) is presented to be scary and do its trick.
If you want to boot the computer to safe mode for troubleshooting, in most cases, the computer system is still blocked and an alert as shown above appear to hijack the desktop and you are totally locked from any safe mode operation.
According to the above said, it seems that such ransomware is complicated to handle because any normal operation is blocked. And even the Microsoft has defined such infection as the boot-sector virus and their recommended solution is to reinstall the OS. However, if you still want your installed programs and stored files back, we Anvisoft Team provide you with an efficient solution to such computer security issues, and we have developed a practical tool-Anvi Rescue Disk to do with the most troublesome cases. Read on below.
To get rid of this International Police Association (IAC) lock screen and its malicious residing files, please follow below removal instructiosn. If any questions in the process, please feel free to contact us for help. Good luck and be safe online.
Web cam control
Once infected, there would be a little more than usual that this ransomware virus would even attempt to trick the user into thinking they are under surveillance by webcam, as it always shows a fake screen in “recording” status. Actually this even makes no difference on the infected computer with no web cam at all. Apparently, the truth is ready to jump out at your call.
Most ransomware exploits Java or flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. In some cases denying or disabling flash on your system may suspend the International Police Association (IAC) Ukash virus and enable the user to navigate through the infected system. If this not a necessity for removal, skip to the removal options below these steps.
To disable (deny) flash
2. Select the “Deny” radio option
3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).
How to Remove International Police Association (IAC) Ukash Virus (Ransomware Removal Guide)
Note! This tutorial is effective for all GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash, CashU and Paysafecard ransomware.
There are several ways to get rid of such Ukash ransomware depending on the specific situation of infection. If the computer can still boot into safe mode, please follow the Option 1 removal steps to go. If the computer is completely blocked from anything, including safe mode running, then bet on Option 2 removal steps to go.
Removal Option 1-Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore
- Step 1> Launch your PC into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. During the start, keep pressing F8 key till the Advanced Windows Options Menu shows up and then use the arrow key on the keyboard to highlight the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option and then press Enter. See detailed instructions on how to boot Windows to Safe Mode
Note: make sure you login your computer with administrative privileges. (login as admin)
Step 2> Once the Command Prompt appears you only have few seconds to type “explorer” and hit Enter. If you fail to do so within 2-3 seconds, the ransomware virus will not allow you to type anymore.
Step 3> Once Windows Explorer shows up browse to:
Win XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
Win Vista/Seven: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter
Step 4> Follow all steps to restore or recover your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point), before infection.
Step 5> Download, install, update and runAnvi Smart Defender(http://www.anvisoft.com/software/asd/. Remove all threats detected and reboot your PC.
Removal Option 2 Using Anvi Rescue Disk to Remove the Ransomware and Repair the Infected Computer
Chances are your PC is heavily infected by this ransomware that it is blocked from safe mode running as well. If such is the case, the removal may be a little bit complex and here we use Anvi Rescue Rescue Disk to demonstrate the removal steps and good luck to you. If any question in the process, just let us know.
Also below is a video of ransomware removal using Anvi Rescue Disk for reference.
- Step 1> Download the Anvi Rescue Disk isoimage file Rescue.iso and the USB disk production tool BootUsb.exe from Anvisoft official site.
Direct download link: http://download.anvisoft.com/software/rescuedisk.zip
Please kindly note that Rescue.iso is a large file download; please be patient while it downloads.
Step 2> Record Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to USB drive. You can also record the iso image to a CD/DVD. We will introduce the steps to record iso image to a CD/DVD in following guide.
Connect USB to computer. You’d better backup your important data and format your USB drive before use it to record the iso image.
Locate your download folder and double-clicking on BootUsb.exe to start it. And then click “Choose File” button to browser into your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file.
Select the path of USB drive, such as Drive H:
Click “Start Burning” to start the burn of USB Rescue Disk boot drive.
Please close BootUsb.exe tool after you successfully burn the file to USB drive when you get following message.
Now, you have bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.
You can also record Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to a DV/DVD. Any CD/DVD record software is fine for burn iso image. If you don’t have any, you can download and install Nero Burning ROM and ImgBurn. Here we will use Nero Burning ROM for demonstration purpose.
Please open and start Nero Burning ROM and select Burn Image from the drop-down menu of the Recorder.
Locate your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file and then click Open button.
Click Burn button to start record the iso image. After a few minutes, you will have a bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.
Step 3>Restart your computer and configure your computer to boot from USB drive/DV/DVD that recorded Anvi Rescue Disk. Basically , you can use F8 to load USB boot menu.
For different motherboard, you may need to use the Delete or F2, F11 keys, to load the BIOS menu. Normally, the information how to enter the BIOS menu is displayed on the screen at the start of the OS boot.
The keys F1, F8, F10, F12 might be used for some motherboards, as well as the following key
If you can enter Boot Menu directly then simply select your CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st boot device.
If you can't enter Boot Menu directly then simply use Delete key to enter BIOS menu. Select Boot from the main BIOS menu and then select Boot Device Priority. After that, set USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st Boot Device. Save changes and exist BIOS menu.
Step 4> After that let's boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk.
Restart your computer. After restart, a message will appear on the screen: press any key to enter the menu. So, press Enter or any other key to load the Anvi Rescue Disk
please selected your preferred language and press Enter to continue.
Step 5>Now you are in the mini Operating system, please double click Rescue tool to start Anvi Rescue disk.
Step 6> Make sure that your computer is connected to network connection before you run a scan on your computer. If you fail to connect your computer to Internet, please check the tutorial on network configuration in this article: Remove Ransomware using Anvi Rescue Disk-Network Troubleshooting Tips
Step 7> Please run a full scan by clicking the “Scan Computer” button in the middle of the program to detect and kill the PC lockup virus.
Step 8> Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threat by Anvi Rescue Disk.
Step 9> Switch to Repair tab. Scan and fix the registry error with the “Repair” module of Anvi Rescue
Important Notice: You must repair the registry error after kill the virus. You are probably disabled to boot your Windows without fixing registry damaged by the virus.
Step10> Now your computer should be clean and rescued from the virus infection. Please restart your computer into the normal Windows mode.
Please note, some ransomware infection variant is seriously persistent, so you are highly recommended to download the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender in the rescue disk menu when the scan and repair is finished just as shown in below picture:
In the prompt window, click Yes button to download and install the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender and perform a full scan to ensure all possible files of the infection is removed.
If any questions, please feel free to contact us for help.
To prevent the computer from infecting by such ransomware or related Trojans, please ensure you get proper protection on your computer and you may just keep the Anvi Smart Defender for this. Safe and direct download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/asd/
Recommended: It is necessary to clean up system files after virus removal in order to return a well-running computer OS. As for such, you can take all advantages of the system cleaner/optimizer Cloud System Booster, in order to ensure all invalid registry entires or leftovers of the infection are removed. A nice try of Cloud System Booster with the safely direct download it here: www.anvisoft.com/software/csb/
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Good luck and be safe online.