'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware

Posted: January 19, 2013

'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware Description

'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware is a spin-off of similar digital scams like the Ukash Virus family, Reveton trojans or the FBI Green Dot Moneypak Virus. Like similar ransomware trojans, 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware displays a fake legal warning that insists that punishment for PC-based crimes (such as pornography distribution) is imminent if a fine isn't paid within three days. Some common punishments that are threatened include thousands of dollars in legal fines and/or jail time. However, 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware isn't associated with real law enforcement agencies, and SpywareRemove.com malware experts recommend calling its bluff by ignoring its extortion attempt. Appropriate anti-malware programs that can remove other ransomware also should be able to remove 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware without any trouble.

Why 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware's Deadline is Surprisingly Soft

'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware, like most ransomware, exploits fear of the law by using a popup that claims to be sent by your local law enforcement agency or a related legal entity (such as a copyright enforcement agency). This pop-up will accuse you of various computer-based crimes and request that you pay a legal fine before other consequences befall you or your computer. However, the 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware doesn't detect actual computer crimes, isn't a representative of a law enforcement agency and can't punish you for failing to pay its fine.

Given that 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware is likely to block security-related programs and Windows features, you should make blocking 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware your first step towards disinfecting your computer. Attempting to delete 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware without blocking it is unlikely to result in a full deletion of all of 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware's components. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend that you use either Safe Mode (if you're using Windows) or boot your OS from a removable hard drive, either of which should launch your OS without 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware and its pop-up appearing.

Paying the Ransomware Devil Its Due

Similar ransomware like 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware have been known to use combinations of spam e-mail messages, ZIP-archived file attachments, social networking, drive-by-downloads and exploit kits (such as Blacole) to deliver their payloads. Hence, browser security should be thought of as one of the most important steps for protecting your computer from potential 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware infections.

After 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware has been disabled, you always should remove 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware from your PC with appropriate anti-malware software. Extended contact with 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware and other forms of ransomware can reduce the security of your PC and may allow 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' Ransomware to install other malware without your consent (behavior that SpywareRemove.com malware experts have observed with similar PC threats).

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If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to 'You have 72 hours to pay the fine' 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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