What is UnblockUPC Ransomware?
UnblockUPC Ransomware is an underdeveloped computer infection that is not dangerous at all. At least, this is what our researchers say, but they point out that this program might become fully functional in the near future, so you will do yourself a favor if you remove UnblockUPC Ransomware right now. It might be slightly complicated to locate the malicious file that belongs to this program, but you will find the manual removal instructions below this description. Also, you can always invest in a computer security application that will definitely terminate all the potential threats no questions asked. It is up to you which method you choose.
Where does UnblockUPC Ransomware come from?
This ransomware program is probably distributed via spam email attachments. These days, email inbox algorithms are advanced enough to redirect most of the spam messages to your Junk folder. Nevertheless, some spam email campaigns send out messages that manage to get into your main inbox.
The worst about such email message is that they look like genuine notifications from your bank or some online store. It may seem that your financial institution has sent you an invoice or a report on your account balance, but that file only looks like it. In fact, by opening an attachment from a spam email message, you would only initiate malware installation, and you will be lucky if it is only UnblockUPC Ransomware.
So, as you can see, it is not that hard to avoid getting infected with ransomware programs that spread via spam emails. You just need to be more attentive and refrain from opening unfamiliar attachments. If you are not sure whether your downloaded file is safe or not, you can always scan it with your antispyware application.
What does UnblockUPC Ransomware do?
The functionality of is ransomware program is highly peculiar because it does not encrypt your files. This program should be one of the many “crypto” ransomware apps that scramble your files and then expect you to pay the ransom fee in order to reclaim them. However, the program as it is right now does not have such functionality.
Upon the infection, UnblockUPC Ransomware displays a warning message on your desktop. It does not matter how many windows you may have opened at the moment, the message will appear on top of them. This message has a see-through background, and the only thing you can see is the notification in big red letters that says your personal files have been encrypted because “you used to download illegal files from the Internet.” So, in a way, it might seem that the program has an educational nature, but of course, that is not the case.
UnblockUPC Ransomware is created by cyber crooks to scare unsuspecting users into giving away their money even when their files remain perfectly healthy. Along with the message, you will also get a list of websites you have to visit to “unblock” your files. All the websites have an identical message that reads as follows:
Here you can unlock your files
You probably used to download illegal files from the Internet…
Well, that’s why we encrypted all your private files on your computer.
But fortunately you can unblock them for just… ~ 100 EURO (0.18 BTC)
As per usual, the ransomware wants to collect the payments in bitcoins, and it even gives you a deadline, saying that the page you are currently on will stop working soon, so you better hurry up with that money transfer. If unsuspecting users panic, they may end up paying this ransom, but, once again, we have to remind you that UnblockUPC Ransomware DOES NOT encrypt your files. You have to close the message by pressing the Del button, and it will disappear.
How do I remove UnblockUPC Ransomware?
When you close the message, you need to find the installer file for this infection and remove it. It will probably be in your Downloads folder, and it will be one of the most recently downloaded files. If you have set some other folder set as the “Save As” directory, you should check it, too. Take note that the file name will be random, and it will not make sense.
Should you find this task too tedious for you, you can always run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner and let it remove UnblockUPC Ransomware for you. After all, a computer security tool of your choice will also protect your system from other threats.
Manual UnblockUPC Ransomware Removal
- Open the directory where you save downloaded files.
- Find the executable ransomware installer file with the random name.
- Right-click the file and select Delete.
- Empty the Recycle Bin.
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