Police Themed Ransomware Is Crossing The AtlanticTrojan-Ransom.Win32.Foreign.ble
What Police Trojans Do:
- Tries to trick users into paying "fines" for supposed online actions.
- Displays genuine looking law enforcement logos.
- Demands payment via various methods including PayPal, PaySafe, uKash, etc.
- Prevents usage of the infected computer.
What you can do:
There have been an increasing number of reports from North American
users whose computers have been locked down by what appears to be a law
enforcement agency. Make no mistake, the police will
not lock down your computer and demand a fine to unlock it.
While these tricks are old hat in Europe, they have
proven to be profitable so it was only a matter of time before
users on our side of the pond started seeing the same things.
Normally, this section of our outbreak alert would talk about how you might get infected. Since there are many routes to infection, we thought it would be better to talk about what you can do now in case you pick up one of these very nasty infections. Police Trojans are categorized as ransomware because they lock up your computer so that you cannot do anything with the computer other than pay their phoney fine, which will probably not unlock the computer anyway. The only way to do anything with a computer that has been infected with this type of malware is to boot to Safe Mode with Command Prompt and work through the command line, or to boot the computer to some type of removable bootable medium. We therefore recommend that everyone back up their data and have a rescue or repair disk available.
How To Create a Repair Disk in Windows 7:
- Click Start > Control Panel
- Click Backup and Restore
- Click Create a System Repair Disk in the left hand pane.
- Insert a blank CD or DVD in your CD/DVD writer.
- Click Create Disk
- When the disk is finished, click close then OK.
- Take out the disk and label it. Keep this disk in a SAFE PLACE.
If you do not have computer running Windows 7, we suggest asking a friend or family member who has
one to allow you to create a repair disk. Our testing has shown the Windows 7 repair disk to be an effective
tool for Windows Vista and Windows XP systems as well as Windows 7. If you cannot gain access to a Windows 7 computer, you can try one of the options at the links below. Bear in mind
that StopSign only supports a limited number of operations performed with repair disks and only with the above mentioned Windows 7 repair disk.
Repair Disks for other Operating Systems:
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Windows 2000
- xPUD Great for retrieving files on a crashed system. Warning! Don't
try to install xPUD. Create the CD or a USB version.