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Monday, April 8, 2013

Computer locked by Ireland's National Police Service virus warning

The sad reality for Irish computer users is the news about serious ransomware locker that targets this wonderful country and great nation. It is presented in the form of a fake Ireland's National Police Service warning. For this reason some users whose computers got locked by this scam indicate “Ireland's National Police Service virus”. But, of course, this is not fair to speak of this well-known and reputable Irish governmental agency as a virus. In fact, this locker that hijacked your desktop has nothing to do with Ireland's National Police Service (also referred to as An Garda Síochána).

Fake Ireland's National Police Service warning belongs to the Reveton ransomware family. It locks desktops completely, without letting users do anything with their systems. And no matter how many times user restart the workstation, the same scary message allegedly coming from Irish police comes up and covers the entire area of the screen.

The fake Irish Police warning condemns users of performing various crimes online and of thus violating the legislation of this country and of the European Union. To make the fake accusation more scary, the virus uses the logos of EC3 Europol and of the ICSPA (International Cyber Security Protection Alliance). Here is what the locker mentions in all details:

Ireland's National Police Service
Guard of the Peace
Military Police Corps
Attention! Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.
You have been violating «Copyright and Related Rights Law=> (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Ireland.
Article 128 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 200 to 500 minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophilia and etc). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of Ireland. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 12 years.
Illegal access to computer data has been initiated from your PC, or you have been...
Article 208 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to €100,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 9 years.
Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law On Neglectful Use of Personal Computer.
Article 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of €2,000 to €8,000.
Spam distribution or other unlawful advertising has been effected from your PC as a profit- seeking activity or without your knowledge, your PC may be infected by malware.
Article 212 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to €250,000 and a deprivation of liberty of up to 6 years. In case this activity has been effected without your knowledge, you fall under the above-mentioned article 210 of the Criminal Code of Ireland.
Your personality and address are currently being identified, a criminal case is going to be initiated against you under one or more articles specified above within the next 72 hours.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of Ireland of February 04, 2013, this law infringement (if it is not repeated - first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine to the State.
Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next 72 hours!

Please do not consider this fake Irish Police warning as a real one! It is the product of online hackers who want to scare you tremendously and make you waste your funds. Hackers will tell you that in order to unlock the computer you will need to indicate the information about Ukash voucher or Paysafecard PIN code. Never do this! The moment you share this information with the crooks is when you lose your funds without the possibility to get it back, since the crooks will never refund it to you.

If you want to find the answer on how to get rid of Ireland's National Police Service ransomware please follow the instructions below that explain this procedure clearly. Mind that the removal of this scam involves certain manual steps to be undertaken first, so please be careful to follow this guide step-by-step, in all the details.

Detailed removal guide:

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