Danger level 9
Type: Malware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Will change your homepage
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Annoying Pop-up's

Virus SGAE

Look out for the new bagman on the loose that is called Virus SGAE. It is not exactly a computer virus as we know them, but nevertheless it is an annoying infection that can turn your day into hell. It is a part of a notorious ransomware group that has been targeting users all over the world. The message that Virus SGAE displays looks very believable, because it reads the user’s IP address and then accordingly modifies its interface to match the local language and local law enforcement authorities. Virus SGAE itself is the Spanish version of this ransomware that can be obviously seen from its Spanish interface and the Spanish police logo at the top right corner of the message.

The contents of the message are actually very simple – Virus SGAE claims that the user has downloaded a number of songs illegally and for that he has to pay a €100 fine, or else one can as well expect an imprisonment up to three years:

Le descarga de canciones con copyright mediante internet o redes para compartir música es ilegal, y de acuerdo con la Sección 106 de la Ley de derechos de copia, sujeta a una multa o pena de prisión de hasta 3 años.

The creators of Virus SGAE are definitely very creative and they do try their best to scare the user into believing that there is no other way to get out of this situation but to pay the fine and be done with it. Nevertheless, there is no need to tell you that if you pay the fine, your money will be gone for good and Virus SGAE will come back soon enough to ask for more. Even though it does look like you’ve been caught (and let’s admit it, a lot of people still download music illegally), this warning message is very far from the truth, so there is only way one to unlock your computer, and in order to do that you need to get rid of Virus SGAE.

If you are a computer expert you should know already what has to be done, so you only need to refer to the list of files below this description to do the job. However, if you prefer automatic removal, you need to acquire the program you’re going to remove Virus SGAE with first. For that, reboot your computer and press F8 to load it in Safe Mode with Networking. This way you will be able to download the program from the Internet and then install it without any difficulties, avoiding the infection’s message. Once you load the program after the installation, it will perform a full system scan and erase Virus SGAE along with all of its files. Do not hesitate any longer – you are not a criminal, the one at fault is Virus SGAE so it has to be done away with as soon as possible.

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