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Danger level 9
Type: Malware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Block exe files from running
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Changes background
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes
  • Slow Computer

EC3 Europol Virus

It is important to ignore the message that is delivered by EC3 Europol Virus, because it has been devised to trick you into paying ransom fee for something you have not committed. EC3 Europol Virus is a ransomware infection that locks your computer and denies desktop access, claiming that you have breached several national laws related to copyright and therefore your computer has been locked. EC3 Europol Virus also says that you might face possible imprisonment sentence if you do not pay the release fee on time. However, you cannot be charged for the supposed illegal cyber activities, because EC3 Europol Virus is a dangerous computer infection itself, and you have to remove it from your PC immediately.

Below is a general example of a message displayed by EC3 Europol Virus:

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

You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophilia and etc). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of [country].

Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next 72 hours!

The amount of fine is [currency] 100. You can pay a fine PaySafeCard or Ukash.

EC3 Europol Virus is part of the Ukash virus group that includes countless ransomware infections, threatening users around the world, for example - ICSPA Virus, Polícia De Segurança Pública Virus, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Virus. The newest batch of ransomware infections are distributed by Urausy trojan, and it means that you are infected with EC3 Europol Virus, it is very likely that there are other malicious threats in your system as well. However, to get to them, you have to get past the EC3 Europol Virus desktop block first. It is important to realize that the message displayed by EC3 Europol Virus has no connection with the European Cybercrime Centre or your local police office. This scam is devised to push you to paying the ransom fee that will be transferred to cyber criminals directly.

Therefore, you have to unlock your desktop and remove EC3 Europol Virus as soon as possible, instead of suffering this infection on your PC. Follow the instructions below to achieve it:

For Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Reboot the PC and tap F8 repeatedly when BIOS screen disappears.
  2. Select Safe Mode with Networking. Press Enter.
  3. Access and download SpyHunter.
  4. Install the program and run a full system scan.

For Windows XP

  1. Reboot the PC and tapF8 key continuously.
  2. When Advanced Boot Options menu appears, select Safe Mode with Networking and hit Enter.
  3. Click Yes when a confirmation box shows up.
  4. Download SpyHunter.
  5. Open Start Menu and launch Run.
  6. Enter in "msconfig" and click OK.
  7. Select the Startup tab on System Configuration Utility.
  8. Click Disable All and click OK to save changes.
  9. Restart your computer in Normal Mode.
  10. Install SpyHunter and perform a full system scan.
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