Ukash Virus is aggressive, repulsive form of ransomware created and designed especially for financial gain. It is a rogue virus that pretends to present itself as the local police and takes the liberty to lock your PC completely, forcing you to remain hostage to its tactics. To be able to free your PC, it demands a fine. Ironically, the fine once paid will still keep your computer hostage.
An example of the displayed message is shown below:
The reason for its name “Ukash” is the pre-paid system it uses for fine payments called Ukash. The virus emerges under different names of local authorities depending on the region it’s created in. An example of this is: if the computer has an IP address of the United Kingdom, the alert would be under the Metropolitan Police name, while in Germany, it would display the Bundespolizei name and logo. In the Netherlands, it would use the Politie Federal Computer Crime Unit status.
Symptoms of the Ukash Virus:
- Displays a bogus alert alleging illegal computer activity
- Prevents programs from functioning properly
- Blocks Internet access
- Hides system files and folders
Some examples of fake messages presented with the Ukash Virus:
All activity of this computer has been recorded. If you use a web cam videos and pictures were saved for identification. You can be clearly identified by resolving your IP address and the associated host name. Illegally downloaded material (MP3′s, Movies or Software) has been located on your computer.
Your computer has been locked! This operating system is locked due to the violation of the federal laws of the United States of America! (Article 1, Section8, Clause 8, Article 202; Article 210 of the Criminal Code of U.S.A. provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.)
Threat of Prosecution Reminder You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America.
Steps to remove the Ukash Virus:
1. During your computer start up process, keep the F8 key pressed on your keyboard until the Windows Advanced Options menu shows up. Then select Safe mode with networking from the list and press ENTER.
2. Log in to the account that is infected with the Ukash Virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all the entries that it detects.
If the Ukash Virus virus prevents your system from operating with Safe Mode with Networking, follow these removal instructions:
a) Start your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt – During your computer start up process, press the F8 key on your keyboard until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up. Then select Safe mode with command prompt from the list and press ENTER.
b) When command prompt mode loads type the following: net user removevirus /add and press ENTER.
c) Next enter this line: net localgroup administrators removevirus /add and press ENTER.
d) Finally type shutdown -r and press ENTER.
e) Wait for your computer to restart. Once done, boot your PC in Normal Mode and login to the newly created user account (“removevirus”). This account will allow you to download and install recommended anti-spyware software to eliminate this virus from your computer.
f) Download and install recommended anti-spyware software to eliminate this ransomware infection from your compute.:
If the newly created user account is also affected by the ransomware infection, perform a System Restore.
- Start your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt. During your computer start up process, press F8 key on your keyboard until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up. Then select Safe mode with command prompt from the list and press ENTER.
- When command prompt mode loads type the following: cd restore and press ENTER
- Type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
- Click “Next”.
- Select an available restore point and click “Next” (this will restore your computer’s system to a time before the ransomware infiltrated your PC).
- Click “Yes”.
- After restoring your computer to a previous date, scan your PC with recommended anti-spyware software
- Alternative removal guide:
- During your computer start up process, press F8 key on your keyboard until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up. Then select Safe mode with command prompt from the list and press ENTER.
- On the command prompt screen, type explorer and press Enter.
- In the command prompt type regedit and press Enter.
- In the registry editor window, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
- On the right side of the window, locate “Shell” and right click on it. Click on Modify. This is a path of the rogue execution file. Use this information to navigate to the rogue executable and remove it.
- Restart your computer, download and install reputed anti-spyware software and perform a full system scan to eliminate any left remnants of the Ukash Virus.
If you are unable to access the Internet:
- Start up your computer in Safe Mode. During the start-up process, press the F8 key on your keyboard until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu. Then select Safe mode with networking from the list.
- Start Task manager. Press ctrl+alt+del (or ctrl+shift+esc) and End Task the processes of the rogue program.
- Open Internet explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select Connections, then click LAN settings. If ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’ is checked, un-check it and press OK.
This should allow you to access the Internet.
Manual Ukash Virus removal:
- End these “Computer Locked – Ukash Virus” processes: random.exe
- Delete these “Computer Locked – Ukash Virus” files:
By following the above steps, you will be able to completely remove “Ukash Virus” from your internet browser. If you still experience issues, contact online Virus Removal services like Jupiter Support, who will guide you through the removal of the virus at a low cost of only $29.