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Ukash Paysafecard Virus Ransomware

Posted: November 7, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 98
First Seen: November 7, 2012
Last Seen: August 13, 2020
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Ukash Paysafecard Virus is a general term for ransomware Trojans that display fraudulent alerts and request ransom fees through either Ukash or Paysafecard (retail-purchasable vouchers). SpywareRemove.com malware research team has found that modern Ukash Paysafecard Virus infections usually are associated with Reveton Trojans and various members of the Ukash Virus family, which customize their alerts for different countries and usually portray themselves as being sent by a law enforcement department. Since Ukash Paysafecard Viruses don't have any real ties to police agencies and are both malicious and illegal, you should avoid these fraudulent ransom fees and remove any Ukash Paysafecard Virus with appropriate anti-malware software.

Finding the Fake Behind the Ukash Paysafecard Virus's Bluster

Variants of the Ukash Paysafecard Virus have been known to specialize in specific countries, both with respect to the language of their warnings, their choices of national logos and their favored methods for ransom payouts. Examples of some ransomware Trojans that can be contemplated as a part of the Ukash Paysafecard Virus family include the Athens Security Prosecution of Electronic Crime Ransomware, Bundespolizei National Cyber Crimes Unit Ransomware, the Scotland Yards Ukash Virus, 'Votre ordinateur est bloque France Ransomware', the Buma Stemra Virus, the Luxembourg Police Virus and the Poliisi Tietoverkkorikos Tutkinnan Yksikkö Ransomware. As can be guessed at by their names, SpywareRemove.com malware analysts have found that the above PC threats customize their alerts for countries like Greece, France and Britain, although non-European countries also are at risk.

A stereotypical attack from the Ukash Paysafecard Virus involves the display of a screen-wide police alert (or similar legal warning) that appears to block you even from using the Windows interface, let alone your other programs. These alerts claim that your PC has been locked for such crimes as viewing illegal pornography or downloading copyrighted media files, even though SpywareRemove.com malware experts stress that all variants of the Ukash Paysafecard Virus are incapable of detecting any kind of criminal activity.

Following up with this warning, the Ukash Paysafecard Virus requests that you unlock your computer by purchasing a Paysafecard or Ukash voucher, thereby spending money to acquire an unlock code. Since Ukash Paysafecard Viruses have no ability to respond to unlock codes and certainly can't follow up their legal warnings about future penalties, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers strongly advise against this solution for any Ukash Paysafecard Virus infection.

Sneaking Past Ukash Paysafecard Virus's Extensive System Barricades

Any variant of the Ukash Paysafecard Virus will attempt to prevent you from using other programs – especially security-related applications, which Ukash Paysafecard Virus may block via multiple methods (such as monitoring your PC's memory processes or changing Registry entries). While this may make it seem nearly impossible to get rid of your infection, SpywareRemove.com malware analysts can recommend the following standard solutions to this dilemma:

  • Reboot your PC and tap F8 until you see the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select either option for Safe Mode, which will launch Windows while disabling most programs – including, hopefully, your Ukash Paysafecard Virus.
  • Load a bootable OS onto a removable hard drive (USB thumb drive, etc.), and boot your computer from this device.

After you've disabled the Ukash Paysafecard Virus and its fake legal alert, any anti-malware program with a reputation for competency should be able to remove the Ukash Paysafecard Virus safely. Since SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found that variants of the Ukash Paysafecard Virus may use code injection, malicious DLL components and general system changes that attack your PC, you should avoid any manual removal methods whenever possible.

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