Got any cash for Ukash?

I hope you don’t, because boy if it isn’t a very annoying bugger. I don’t think I’ve had any of these on my blog yet, so Ukash Virus deserves a separate introduction. The more so that this computer infection presents the user with particular obstacles when you pull yourself together and try to remove Ukash Virus from your system. You see, unlike rogue antispyware applications that go an extra mile to convince you that your computer is infected with virues, Ukash Virus does not even care about that. Instead, it slaps an extra-large window covering your entire screen with a message that claims you have violated the law (*gasp*).

This is, however, where Ukash Virus is similar to rogues – it wants money and it uses panic as a tool to swindle the money out of you. You see, Ukash Virus is ransomware – it locks your computer and no matter what you do, you can no longer access your desktop. And here we come across the reason why it is called ransomware – it asks for a ransom. Basically, Ukash Virus says that if you pay a “fine”, your computer will be unlocked, if not you might even face an imprisonment sentence up to 3 or 4 years for violating international Copyright Law (that’s a fancy way of saying you have downloaded illegally a few mp3’s).

There are also quite a few versions of this application. For example, the French version is called sacem F and it supposedly blocks you under the jurisdiction of Police Nationale, while the German version of Ukash Virus pretends to be a part of Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (Federal Office for Information Security) and slaps the blue stripe across your screen screeching: Ihr Computer wurder gesperrt! (Your computer has been locked). French and German versions both ask for 100 euros or else you will face the sentence. I quote the extract from the message:

“Der Download von urheberrechtlich geschützten Medien durch das Internet oder einer Dateitauschbörse (Filesharing) ist illegal und wird gemäß § 106 Urhebergesetz mit Geldstrafe oder Freiheitsstrafe von bis zu 3 Jahren bestraft. Weiterhin ist der Besitz nach § 184 Absatz 3 StGB strafbar und kann auch zur Einziehung des Rechners führen, mit dem die Dateien heruntergeladen wurden.”

Or:

“Le téléchargement des pistes de musique protégés soit via l’Internet ou via les réseaux de partage de musique est illégal et est en conformité avec l’article 106 de la loi, sous réserve du droit d’auteur à une amende ou un emprisonnement pour une peine pouvant aller jusqu’à 3 ans.”

Well, either way, since we’ve established already, but Ukash Virus is fake, now you need to calm yourself down and focus on erasing it for good. Unlike rogues, it actually leaves you no other option but to roll up yourself and dig into your system until you can proceed with automatic removal. So if you want to erase Ukash Virus, you need to restart your computer and when press F8 while the system loads. When a menu appears use the arrow keys for navigation, choose Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter. This particular mode will allow you to access the Internet and download the security program of choice, which will detect and terminate Ukash Virus automatically once you run it.

I’m sure that Ukash Virus is the type of infection that can scare the hell out of you, but as long as you do not panic, it should be OK. Just remember that you cannot pay for it, and you have to counter-strike immediately.

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