What is Linkup Ransomware?
If it happens that you cannot access the internet and just keep seeing the message supposedly provided by the Council of Europe, it is very probable that you have encountered Linkup ransomware whose main purpose is to extort as much money as possible from innocent computer users. This malicious software is aimed at those computer users who live in Europe; thus, there is a possibility that it will affect a wide range of computers. You should not believe any word of the fake message that you will notice every time you open your browser and we definitely not recommend doing anything that it requires. The best would be to remove Linkup ransomware entirely from your system if you want to access the internet freely again.
How does Linkup ransomware act?
Once Linkup ransomware infects your system, it immediately blocks internet access by changing DNS in registry key. Thus, if you try to visit any of the websites, you will just notice a message that your “Internet access is temporarily blocked”. If you want to gain access to the internet, you will be asked to provide your personal information, for instance, first name, last name, date of birth, city, address, and the like. It is also required to verify your identity by entering such credit card information as card number and expiration date. As the fake message states, the sum of 0.01 EUR will be charged from your card, but they are going to return the money back. We do not recommend submitting any of your personal information because everything that is stated is a total lie and it is very probable that all your money will be stolen from your credit card easily because all of your personal information will be known for cyber criminals.
The above-mentioned undesirable feature of Linkup is not the only one; our researchers have found out that the publishers of Linkup ransomware are going to install Protominer for Bitcoin mining. As a consequence, your computer will be connected to the botnet and it will slow down considerably as many of its resources (CPU and GPU) will be used. In order to stop all these annoying actions, you have to remove Linkup from your computer. If you do so, you will be able to browse the web freely again.
How to remove Linkup ransomware?
You should erase Linkup ransomware from your system as soon as possible. Manual removal is very difficult and requires much knowledge; thus, we recommend that you transfer a reliable antimalware tool to your USB flash drive or other data storage device; then, you have to install the antimalware tool onto the infected computer. We recommend using SpyHunter because it will definitely remove Linkup ransomware and other threats; your only task will be to launch the scanner.
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