Danger level 9
Type: Malware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Block exe files from running
  • Blocks internet connection
  • Changes background
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • System crashes

Interpol Departament of Cybercrime

With a whole variety of Ukash ransomware infections, here comes another one called Interpol Departament of Cybercrime, and it functions based on the same principle as FBI Moneypak, Cybercrime Investigation Department, Police Virus and other similar computer threats. Due to the fact that Interpol Departament of Cybercrime aims for the user's money, it could be likened to a rogue antispyware appication, but it works slightly differently.

Interpol Departament of Cybercrime does not allow the user to access his desktop by displaying a screen-sized security message:

Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.

You have been violating (Video, Music, Software), and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content,

Article 128 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 2 to 5 hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.

Basically Interpol Departament of Cybercrime is telling the user that his desktop is blocked because he has been downloading music, videos and software illegally. And now the user faces possible imprisonment UNLESS he pays the fine determined in the ransomware's message. Even though a significant number of users falls for this scam, there is one very obvious clue, proving that Interpol Departament of Cybercrime is a fake notification. There is a spelling mistake left in the infection's title - Interpol Departament of Cybercrime (intead of "Department).

Unlike other versions of this ransomware that were highly localized, Interpol Departament of Cybercrime targets a wider audience - the euros and pounds in its notification show that this infection considers European users from various countries its target. However, no user should be robbed off by Interpol Departament of Cybercrime. To avoid that, the user has to free his desktop of this ransomware.

It is possible in Safe Mode with Networking. Restart the system and press F8 to select Safe Mode with Networking from the system boot menu. It is possible to access the Internet in this mode, and the user cannot remove Interpol Departament of Cybercrime manually, he simply needs to download a computer security tool. After the installation, the computer security program will terminate Interpol Departament of Cybercrime automatically, and the user will be able to use his computer just like before.

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