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Danger level 9
Type: Malware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Block exe files from running
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Interpol Virus

It is very common that cyber criminals try to trick users into thinking that they have committed some serious crimes and they need to pay up. Take Interpol Virus for example. It is a typical ransomware application that denies desktop access claiming that users have breached several international laws by engaging in illegal cyber activity. The main reason why Interpol Virus enters your computer is money, and the criminals behind this infection expect you to pay a fake fine via alternative payment systems. Needless to say, that you must remove Interpol Virus from your computer and paying is definitely not an option.

Interpol Virus is not a first ransomware application in line. It comes from a big group of ransomware programs that is usually called Ukash Virus group. Ukash is an alternative payment system exploited by cyber criminals to collect “fine” payments. Apart from Ukash, other alternative payment systems can be used as well – MoneyPak, PaySafeCard, MoneyGram and so on. These systems are not malicious and they are not related to Interpol Virus. However, due to the ease of use they are often employed by cyber criminals to collect money from unsuspecting users. Since alternative payment systems do not require users to have credit cards, they allow cyber criminals to target a far wider audience.

This infection generally arrives together with Trojans or adware that you accidentally download from third party websites. When the installation file is run, Interpol Virus forces your PC to restart, and the next time the system boots, you are greeted with a disturbing message on your screen:

The work of your computer has been suspended on the ground of the violation of the Intellectual property law.

To decrypt your computer files and to avoid other legal consequences you must pay the fine through MoneyPak of 200$.
The fine payment should be made within 24 hours after the infringement. Otherwise, the possibility to pay will expire, and restoration will not be possible.

The amount of the so-called fine may differ according to your location, but users affected by this infection need to realize that the notification on their screens is false. Interpol Virus simply follows the footsteps of FBI MoneyPak Virus, FBI Cybercrime Division Virus, Metropolitan Police Virus and many others. You clearly have not been involved in the criminal activity Interpol Virus tells you about, and even if you were to pay the fine, your computer would not be unlocked!

Therefore, you need to keep your money to yourself and remove Interpol Virus following the instructions below. Unlock your desktop and then make sure you disable Interpol Virus’s auto-start to delete all the infections files through and through. Take note that manual removal is not recommended unless you are an experienced computer user. If you do not work with Windows Registry editor on a regular basis, it is for the best to invest in a licensed antimalware tool and scan your computer with it to terminate Interpol Virus once and for all.

How to unlock my PC

Windows 8

  1. Press the Windows key and metro Start menu will open.
  2. Click Internet Explorer tile to access the Internet.
  3. Enter http://www.pchtreat.com/download-sph into the address bar and press Enter.
  4. Click Run on the download dialog box.
  5. Install SpyHunter and run a full system scan.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Restart your PC and tap F8 several times once BIOS screen disappears.
  2. Select Safe Mode with Networking on Advanced Boot Options menu and press Enter.
  3. When system loads, go to http://www.pcthreat.com/download-sph.
  4. Install the program and scan your PC.

Windows XP

  1. Follow the steps 1 and 2 above.
  2. Click Yes when a confirmation box appears.
  3. Download SpyHunter.
  4. Open Start menu and click Run.
  5. Enter msconfig into the Open box and click OK.
  6. Open Startup tab on System Configuration Utility.
  7. Select Disable all and press OK.
  8. Reboot the PC in Normal mode.
  9. Install SpyHunter and scan your computer.
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How to manually remove Interpol Virus

Files associated with Interpol Virus infection:

bos.exe
%SystemDrive%\BOS

Interpol Virus processes to kill:

bos.exe
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