Politie Scam - How to remove?
Politie Scam or Politie Eenheid Voor De Bestrijding Cybercrime ransomware is a virus that blocks an infected computer. After a system is locked it does not respond to almost any of commands. A user of an attacked PC can see only a window with a warning stating that it is from Eenheid Voor De Bestrijding Cybercrime (Netherlands Cyber Crime Police). The truth is that Politie Scam just as other similar malware, e.g. FBI virus, Ukash ransomware, West Yorkshire Police virus, uses official institution’s name and logo to make an impression that one should take this warning serious.
The message of Politie Scam includes extracts from laws about illegal distribution and usage of copyrighted content, such as movies or music, and even child pornography. In order to dismiss the charges one must pay a fine of 100 EUR:
De geldboete bedraagt 100 euro. De betaling dient binnen 48 uur na de ingebrekestelling geschieden.
Als de geldboete niet rechnijdig betaald is, zult u naar aanleiding van deze feiten strafrechtelijk vervolgd worden.
To strengthen the impression that one is in a serious trouble and to scare even more the blocking window has a webcam with a text informing that video files and pictures have been recorded and will be used for a computer user’s identification. No wonder that those who never heard of similar scam pay the fine. Alas it is very difficult or almost impossible to cancel the payment made because cyber criminals use prepaid payment systems such as Ukash or PaySafe Card.
A PC can get infected with Politie Scam after navigating through malicious websites or downloading corrupted shareware or freeware. A malware often gets inside a computer with a help of Trojan horses via system security holes and vulnerabilities. You should always install updates for common software like Java, Adobe Reader or Adobe Flash. Keep your antivirus turned on while browsing websites and make sure it is up to date.
In many cases the following step by step guide helps to remove Politie Scam:
- Restart your computer; press F8 while it is restarting;
- Choose safe mode with networking;
- Launch MSConfig;
- Disable startup items rundll32 turning on any application from Application Data;
- Restart the system once again.
- Scan with http://www.2-viruses.com/downloads/spyhunter-i.exe to identify the file and delete it.
If the version of Politie Scam you have disables all safe modes and you cannot launch it, there still is a short gap between turning on of your PC and a display of warning window. Use it for an anti-malware program to run and do this:
- Reboot normally.
- Enter : http://2-viruses.com/downloads/spyhunter-i.exe . If malware is loaded, just press alt+tab once and keep entering the string blindly. Press Enter.
- Press Alt+tab and then R couple times. Politie Scam should not block your computer anymore.
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Manual Politie Scam removal
Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Politie Scam, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.