Monday, May 20, 2013

How to Remove Αστυνομία Κύπρου Ukash Virus (Ransomware Removal Guide)

Computer screen frozen and instead a notification saying “ΠΡΟΣΟΧΗ! Ο υπολογιστής σας έχει μπλοκαριστεί” in name of Αστυνομία Κύπρου presents to seem scaring? Be careful about this fake alert from the Αστυνομία Κύπρου Ukash ransomware infection. Read for more in this post and follow the step by step removal guide to get rid of such nasty Αστυνομία Κύπρου Ukash Virus infection completely.

What Is Αστυνομία Κύπρου Ukash Virus?

Αστυνομία Κύπρου Ukash Virus is a ransomware infection, from the notorious ransomware family known as Trojan Urausy, created by cyber criminals to trick innocent victim users to think that their computer is blocked because of involvement in illegal online activities and they need to pay a fine via Ukash to unlock the computer.This is just ridiculous and no real authorities do their work in such way. So if you are presented a locked screen with a screen alert in name of Αστυνομία Κύπρου, don’t be panic about this fake thing and instantly follow our ransomware removal guide detailed below to get rid of the infection.


How Did This Αστυνομία Κύπρου Ukash Virus Distribute?

This threat is distributed through several means. Malicious websites, or legitimate websites that have been compromised, may drop this trojan onto a compromised computer. This drive-by-download often happens surreptitiously. Another method used to propagate this type of malware is spam email containing infected attachments or links to malicious websites. The threat may also be downloaded manually by tricking the user into thinking they are installing a useful piece of software.

The Αστυνομία Κύπρου virus is also prevalent on peer-to-peer file sharing websites and is often packaged with pirated or illegally acquired software.

What Does Αστυνομία Κύπρου Ukash Virus Do to Infected Computer?

Once installed on your computer, the Αστυνομία Κύπρου virus will display a bogus notification that pretends to be from the Αστυνομία Κύπρου (Cyprus Police), and states that your computer has been blocked due to it being involved with the distribution of pornographic material, SPAM and copyrighted content.

The Αστυνομία Κύπρου virus will lock you out of your computer and applications, so whenever you’ll try to log on into your Windows operating system or Safe Mode with Networking, it will display instead a lock screen asking you to pay a non-existing fine of €100 in the form of a Ukash or Paysafecard code.

Furthermore, to make this alert seem more authentic, this virus also has the ability to access your installed webcam, so that the bogus Αστυνομία Κύπρου notification shows what is happening in the room.

The Αστυνομία Κύπρου virus locks the computer and, depending on the user’s current location, displays a localized webpage that covers the entire desktop of the infected computer and demands payment for the supposed possession of illicit material.


Cyber criminals often updated the design of this lock screen, however you should always keep in mind that the Cyprus police will never lock down your computer or monitor your online activities.The message displayed by the threat can be localized depending on the user’s geographical location, with text written in the appropriate language .


The Αστυνομία Κύπρου lock screen is a scam, and you should ignore any alerts that this malicious software might generate.

Under no circumstance should you send any Ukash code to these cyber criminals, and if you have, you can should request a refund, stating that you are the victim of a computer virus and scam.


Symptoms of Αστυνομία Κύπρου 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 Αστυνομία Κύπρου (Cyprus Police) 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 Αστυνομία Κύπρου 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.

Deny Flash

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 Αστυνομία Κύπρου 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

    1.     Visit:http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html


    2. Select the “Deny” radio option

    3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).



Note! This tutorial is effective for all GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash 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.

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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.

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.


Alternative Option

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
combinations:

• Ctrl+Esc
• Ctrl+Ins
• Ctrl+Alt
• Ctrl+Alt+Esc
• Ctrl+Alt+Enter
• Ctrl+Alt+Del
• Ctrl+Alt+Ins
• Ctrl+Alt+S


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
Disk.


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 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.




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