Internauts in Ireland Conned by Highly Sophisticated Computer Virus
Irish Internauts have been conned of millions of Euros by one of the most refined computer virus scams that has been ever developed by cyber thugs, as accords to news published by Herald.ie on August 6, 2013.
The scam dubbed as 'Garda Ukash' virus is developed by Irish malicious software.
Internauts infect their computers with a 'Trojan virus' by unknowingly clicking on what seems to be a harmless popup or email.
In the case of 'Garda Ukash', a message shows up on the screen warning users that they been unlawfully downloading or viewing material and images due to which they have to pay 150 Euro to avoid legal prosecution in the court of law.
The virus also warns users that their PC has been 'frozen' till the time the compensation is paid. Once such virus comes into the victim's computer, it blocks almost all the functions of Windows 8, Windows 7, XP and Vista.
In dozens cases, panicked users have paid fines but even after paying the asked fine their computers remain locked.
In worst cases, users have innocently provided their bank and details of credit card to scammers and in numerous cases they have faced attempts by online scammers to gain access to their accounts for more funds.
'Garda', Ireland's National Police Service which is officially investigating the scam has told Internauts that no police force would ever issue such warnings or collect fines.
They have also urged anyone who has paid such bogus fines to report to their local Garda Police station.
This virus is a variant of Ukash ransomware and similar to Gema and GVU from Germany, Sacem from France and Buma Stemra from Netherlands.
In fact, this virus is attacking many countries and areas with different languages and interface according to local conditions.
To remove this virus manually, take the following steps: First restart the computer in safe mode by clicking F8. Then press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys to open Task Manager which will stop the progress of this virus. Then delete all files related to this scam ransomware and finally delete the virus register entries in the system. If the virus is not removed manually then use an anti-virus software.
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