What is International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus?
International Cyber Security Protection Alliance is a non-profit organization created to monitor global cyber security. Therefore, when your screen is blocked by a notification that is supposedly sent by International Cyber Security Protection Alliance, you might think that you have committed some illegal acts on the Internet. However, International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus is a ransomware application that strives to steal your money, by forcing you to believe that you need to pay a fine in order to avoid the imprisonment sentence and to unlock your computer.
What does International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus do?
Just like other ransomware infections from the Ukash Virus group, International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus blocks desktop access and lists a number of reasons why it happened (supposedly). International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus is also known as ICSPA Virus, United Kingdom Police Virus, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Virus and many others. There are quite a few different versions of this infection, targeting users in different countries. International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus changes its interfaces according to your location, and adds a local law enforcement authority symbol to its interface, to make it look more believable.
Here's an extract of a fake security notification presented by International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus in the United Kingdom:
ATTENTION! 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 Great Britain.
Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 12 years.
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 £100. You can pay a fine Ukash or PaySafeCard.
The infection expects you to transfer the fine via Ukash or PaySafeCard within 72 hours in hopes of unlocking your computer and avoiding criminal charges. However, International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus cannot press any charges, because it is not a legal representative of law enforcement agency. It is a malware program that needs to be remove ASAP.
How to remove International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus?
If you want to remove International Cyber Security Protection Alliance Virus and other malicious files that accompany it (like Urausy trojan), first and foremost, you need to unlock your computer. To do that, follow the instructions below:
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Restart your computer and press F8 repeatedly for Advanced Boot Options menu to appear.
- If Windows logo appears, reboot and try again.
- Use arrow keys to navigate and select Safe Mode with Networking. Press Enter.
- Go to http://www.anti-spyware-101.com/download-sph and download SpyHunter.
- Install it and perform a full system scan.
- Follow the steps above from 1 to 3.
- Click Yes when a confirmation box appears.
- Download SpyHunter.
- Click Start Menu button and open Run.
- Type "msconfig" and click OK.
- Click Startup tab on System Configuration Utility.
- Un-check all programs on the list. Click OK to save changes.
- Restart the PC in Normal Mode.
- Install SpyHunter and launch a full system scan.
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