Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) Ransomware Description
ESG malware analysts have detected various instances of an additional variation on the 'Metropolitan Police' ransomware scam that takes the form of a Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) ransomware message which locks the victim's computer system, preventing access to the desktop, Task Manager or any of the infected computer's files. The basic gist of the Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) ransomware scam is that this message is supposedly from this specialized unit of the British police claiming that your computer has been involved in various illegal activities. The message includes the official shield of this existing unit of the police department, as well as a photo of a policeman on the upper-right corner.
The Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) ransomware message locks the victim's computer and refuses to return the victim's computer to normal until a one hundred pound fine is paid, usually through a money transfer service known as Ukash. In fact, the actual Police Central e-crime Unit is not in the business of sending out these kinds of warnings to their citizens' computers. Their actual job is to catch the criminals responsible for scams such as the Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) ransomware attack. This was reflected in a recent bust of ten Russian hackers responsible for malware attacks similar to the Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) ransomware by this very crime unit.
There are various versions of the Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) ransomware attack in several languages, corresponding to the major police agencies of different countries in the European Union. This problem is made worse by the fact that the basic Metropolitan Police attack works on a kind of affiliate marketing plan in which criminals allow hackers to create viruses, Trojans, phishing scams and worms in order to infect as many computers as possible with variants of this ransomware attack, paying hackers according to the number of computers that they can infect.
Dealing with a Police Central E-Crime Unit (PCEU) Ransomware Attack
The very nature of the Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) ransomware attack is to prey on inexperienced computer users. Fortunately, this means that Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) does not need to be a particularly sophisticated malware infection. Unlike some of the most dangerous malware attackers, you can completely bypass the Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) ransomware screen by starting up Windows in Safe Mode (by pressing F8 during start-up), which does not allow the malware behind this attack to load automatically. Then, it is only a matter of using a reliable anti-malware program to remove the Police Central e-crime Unit (PCEU) ransomware infection or to remove any Windows Registry entries associated with this threat manually.
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