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A group of ransomware with several variants distributed and spread across the world, Ukash Virus is nothing more than a scam. It works mainly by assuming the role of a legitimate organization; such is the national or local police of a specific country. The Ukash Virus issues warnings on copyright law breaches, mainly by downloading illegal content. As a result, the Ukash Virus will 'lock' the computer, and unless the user pays the fine of £50 or $100, the computer will remain frozen for an undetermined period of time. The Ukash Virus earned its name through the money transfer system Ukash, which is displayed on PC screens once Ukash Virus begins to demand the ransom. A legitimate and legal application will not falsely assume the identity of an official association – such as the national police – just for the sake of profit. The Ukash Virus is a malicious program that needs to be removed at once, not only to 'unlock' the computer but also to keep it free from succeeding malware attacks in the future.
The Ukash Virus as a Many-Headed Beast
More than just a simple virus infection, the Ukash Virus is a complex creation that has been known to attack PC users all over the United States and Europe. As a matter of fact, PC security researchers have first identified this ransomware as the FBI Moneypak virus. This variation of the Ukash Virus employed the FBI logo, which is a clear strategy in making its efforts appear more legitimate. The notification messages made by the clones of this ransomware generally involve warnings about copyright law violations which usually stem from pirated music downloads. There are many other variants of the Ukash Virus, and these include the Strathclyde Police Ukash Virus and the New Scotland Yards Ukash. The Ukash Virus, moreover, has several versions according to the locations or countries. In England, this ransomware is known as the PRS for Music Virus. In Austria and Spain, Ukash Virus is more familiar as the AKM Virus and SGAE ransomware, respectively. It is known as the SIAE Virus in Italy and as the SPAUTORES Virus in Portugal.
The Familiar Trappings of the Ukash Virus
Once a Ukash Virus infection has taken place, the targeted computer will automatically freeze, so that it will be impossible to use simple applications or access genuine security programs. The ransomware does this to make the PC user pay the required ransom. As a malicious application that may install additional virus and spyware, the Ukash Virus must be eliminated at once. Paying for the fine will hardly resolve the biggest threat, which is the Ukash Virus itself. This ransomware will not be removed by shelling out a few pounds or a hundred dollars. It is important to use genuine anti-virus software in order to remove the Ukash Virus completely.
Whatever name Ukash Virus tries to assume, as Ukash Virus entraps PC users from country to country, the Ukash Virus is a fake program that must be removed completely. There is a way out of an existing Ukash Virus infection, and this is to use legitimate PC security software, coming from a reputable security software vendor.
To check your computer for Ukash Virus, download
SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool.
SpyHunter spyware detection tool is only a scanner meant to assist you in detecting Ukash Virus and other threats. If you detect the presence of Ukash Virus on your PC, you have the opportunity to purchase the SpyHunter removal tool to remove any traces of Ukash Virus.
Detection of Ukash Virus (Recommended)
Ukash Virus is difficult to detect and remove. Ukash Virus is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. Ukash Virus, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.
You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you're required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove Ukash Virus and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.
Run a Ukash Virus scan/check to successfully detect all Ukash Virus files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove Ukash Virus, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove Ukash Virus or follow the Ukash Virus manual removal method provided in the "Remedies and Prevention" section.
Method of Infection
There are many ways your computer could get infected with Ukash Virus. Ukash Virus can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.
Another method of distributing Ukash Virus involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing Ukash Virus on your system. Ukash Virus installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.
If you think you may already be infected with Ukash Virus, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect Ukash Virus and other common Spyware infections. After detection of Ukash Virus, the next advised step is to remove Ukash Virus with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.
Ukash Virus may attempt to change your computer's desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of Ukash Virus from your computer.
Remedies and Prevention
Ukash Virus, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. Ukash Virus along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.
Install a good anti-spyware software
When there's a large number of traces of Spyware, for example Ukash Virus, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect Ukash Virus and other types of spyware.
Remove Ukash Virus manually
Another method to remove Ukash Virus is to manually delete Ukash Virus files in your system. Detect and remove the following Ukash Virus files:
- %Temp%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
If you believe your computer is infected with spyware,
- McAfee Threat Center - Library of detailed information on viruses.
- How Spyware And The Weapons Against It Are Evolving
- Crimeware: Trojans & Spyware
- Windows System Update - Latest bug fixes for Microsoft Windows