Threat Database Ransomware Policia Nacional De Uruguay Virus

Policia Nacional De Uruguay Virus

By Domesticus in Ransomware

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 9,144
Threat Level: 10 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 91
First Seen: March 13, 2013
Last Seen: August 18, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Policia Nacional de Uruguay Virus is a Police Ransomware Trojan designed to infect computers located in Uruguay. To carry out its attack, the Policia Nacional de Uruguay Virus ensures that the victim's computer is located in this country by looking at its IP address and system settings. If the infected computer fits the bill, then the Policia Nacional de Uruguay Virus variant is installed. Computers located in other countries will be infected with one of the countless other variants of these attacks corresponding to the infected computer's location. The Policia Nacional de Uruguay Virus attacks the victim with messages written in Spanish and uses Uruguay's flag and police associations in its ransom message. This is part of an attack designed to scam inexperienced computer users into believing that they are being prosecuted by their country's main police association.

The Policia Nacional de Uruguay Virus uses a Winlocker, a malicious component that blocks access to the infected computer by disabling a long list of programs and operating system components. This results in a computer that is locked down. When the victim tries to use the infected computer, a fake message from the Policia Nacional de Uruguay (Uruguay's national police) is displayed. This fake message claims that the infected computer was locked as part of a police operation due to its involvement in illegal activities. It goes on to frighten the victim with jail and fines of thousands of Pesos unless a fine of one hundred dollars or two thousand pesos is paid using Ukash. It is important to note that Ukash is a legitimate online payment service that is not associated with these scams. It is also worthwhile to mention that in no way the Policia Nacional de Uruguay Virus message is associated with the Uruguay's police and that it is part of a scam meant to steal computer users' money.

Preventing the Policia Nacional de Uruguay Virus Attacks

There are several steps you can take to prevent a Policia Nacional de Uruguay Virus infection on your computer. These include the following:

  • Protect your computer with a strong anti-malware tool.
  • Avoid opening email attachments that come from unsolicited sources.
  • Avoid online content commonly associated with malware, such as torrent networks.
  • Always download the latest security updates for your software and operating system.


The following messages associated with Policia Nacional De Uruguay Virus were found:

Policia Nacional de Uruguay
?ATENCION! Su OP (ordenador) esta bloqueado debido a al menos una de las razones especificadas siguientes.
Usted ha violado "el derecho de autor y los derechos conexos" (video, musica, software) y ha utilizado de una manera illegal con la distribuciOn de contenido los derechos de autor, infringiendo asi el articulo 128 del Criminal Code de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay.
Las multas deben solamente ser pagodas durante 72 horas despu?s de la infracciOn. Tan pronto como 72 horas transcurren, su posibilidad de pagar la multa sera expirada, asi, un proceso penal sera automaticamente iniciado en su contra durante las prOximas 72 horas!
El importe de la multa es de UYU $2,000 (Peso) o USD $100 (US DOlar).
Usted puede pagar esta multa por Ukash.


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