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Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware

Posted: January 16, 2012

Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware Screenshot 1Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware, also known as the French Police Ukash Virus, is a France-targeted version of a ransomware Trojan that has split into a broad range of nationality-specific variants. Like its relatives, Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware infects your PC in a subversive manner and uses the opportunity to threaten you with the total deletion of files on your computer. However, although this threat is flimsily justified by being portrayed as a legal action by the National Gendarmerie, Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware isn't affiliated with any type of legal entity and has no function except to lock down your PC until Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware can extract a ransom fee from panicking victims. Paying your way out of this ransom, however, is strictly unnecessary, since SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware's threats are empty bluffs and that Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware can be removed by any high-quality brand of anti-malware scanner.

Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware – Just France's Own Version of an Undiscriminating Trojan

Although the Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware Trojan is a fairly new variant, the underlying ransomware family that Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware is based upon is more than a few months old. Other versions of the Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware that use slightly different warnings to target different countries include the Cuerpo Nacional de Policia Virus, the Scotland Yards Ukash Virus, Fake Federal German Police (BKA) Notice, the Strathclyde Police Ukash Virus and the 'Die offizielle Mitteilung des Bundeskriminalamtes' ransomware Trojan. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers note that, although many types of ransomware Trojans in Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware's family are informally referred to as viruses, they aren't classified as viruses in the technical sense and lack any ability to infect widespread types of files on your PC.

However, Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware's actual functions are scarcely less dangerous than a real virus's would be: once Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware installs itself on your PC, Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware will reboot your computer and block all program usage with a fraudulent message that's supposedly sent by the Gendarmerie Nationale. This warning will threaten your files with dire consequences if you don't pay a fine through Ukash within a short time period, under the excuse that you have been caught committing an online crime (such as downloading illegal subsets of erotic media). However, SpywareRemove.com malware experts are happy to note that the real Gendarmerie Nationale has no interest in using ransomware Trojans to extract fines and certainly don't attempt to harm files on arbitrary computers – regardless of whether or not any crimes have been committed.

The main body of Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware's warning message can be noted by the following text:

Activite illicite demelee!
Ce blocage de l'ordinateur sert a la prevention de vos actes illegaux. Le systeme d'exploitation a ete bloque a cause de la derogation de lois de la Republique Francaise!

[English translation]
Illegal activity detected!
This blockage of the computer is used for the prevention of your illegal acts. The operating system was blocked because of the deviation laws of the French Republic!

Wiggling Off of Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware's Ransom Hook

Even though Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware will threaten to harm your PC if you don't comply with its ransom requests, the Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware Trojan, like other types of ransomware Trojans from its family, doesn't have any ability to follow up its threat with an actual attack against your files. Spending money is, therefore, unnecessary to get rid of Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware, which can be removed by competent anti-malware programs that are capable of handling rootkits and similar types of high-level PC threats.

However, since Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware will stop you from using other applications in the first place, you may be required to use extra measures to disable the Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware first. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have noted that booting into Safe Mode, booting from external hard drives or even using secondary operating systems are all effective ways to disable ransomware Trojans like Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware. Since Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware is specific to Windows-based computers, the availability of other OS brands can make removing Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware with anti-malware scanners even easier than it would be under other circumstances.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Gendarmerie Nationale Ransomware may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

Download SpyHunter's Malware Scanner

Note: SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware tool to remove the malware threats. Learn more on SpyHunter. If you would like to uninstall SpyHunter for any reason, please follow these uninstall instructions. To learn more about our policies and practices, visit our EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria .

Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.