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How to remove the Royal Canadian Mounted Police virus – Ransomware removal instructions

Royal Canadian Mounted Police virus removal

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police virus, or the Canadian Police virus among other terms, is dangerous malware categorized as ransomware, that alike the Police virus and FBI virus we discovered in 2012, restricts access to an infected computer system by displaying a full screen-page, also referred to as a lock-screen that contains a notification stating that the computer was used illegally, therefore the computer owner must pay a penalty fine of usually around $300 – $500 CAD using several online credit options such as UseMyCard, now prepay, Esso, Essence, Gatewateway, Gas, Pioneer, Canada Post, and others. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police virus page then claims if the penalty fine is not paid in a predetermined amount of time, the computer owner could face further consequences and see jail time. Please note, this is a computer virus that is not associated with the police or government in Canada, or any country. Paying the fine will not remove this form of ransomware and may initiate further complications. It is strongly recommended to seek professional assistance to remove the Royal Canadian Mounted Police virus or follow the simplified automatic or manual removal instructions further below.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police virus

Royal Canadian Mounted Police ransomware and similar forms of ransomware are considered severe forms of malware capable of remaining undetected on a computer, even if the “lock-screen” is not present. This cryptovirus and associated malware, including Trojan horses used to orchestrate initial infection have been linked to cyber crimes involving credit theft, identity theft, and especially extortion. Furthermore, information collected by Royal Canadian Mounted Police malware and other forms of dangerous ransomware and relating entities have been linked to phishing attacks and scams over the telephone. These phishing attacks have been reported by individuals, organizations, and businesses such as franchise gas stations. In once case, scam artists used collected information to attempt a corporate scam on 711 gas stations. Callers will use information collected in order to gain trust or sound like a legitimate relation.

A very similar variant of this computer virus is the Canadian Police Cybercrime Investigation Department virus, which instead displays a different screenshot or lock-screen. It should be noted that there are many versions of dangerous ransomware that claim to base from a Canadian Police Department. These infections may use different screen templates with different notifications. A common notification for the Canadian Police virus is detailed below:

ATTENTION! Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below

You have been violating "Copyright and Related Rights Law" (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, this infringing Article 128 or the Criminal Code of Canada.

Article 128 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 200 to 500 minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.

Other fraudulent allegations proceeds to discuss such things as illegal pornography and computer negligence. All of these notifications should be ignored.

How does the Royal Canadian Police virus infect a computer?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police often infects a computer without detection by use of Trojan horses, including reveton. In some cases users who visited comprised or hacked websites were met with unwelcome uninstallers. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police virus can also be contracted by visiting drive-by-download, websites, downloading torrents, clicking malicious advertisements, and clicking compromised social media content, especially Facebook content.

How to remove the Canadian Police virus

  1. Removal software (Automatic removal) – Scan for and remove ransomware
  2. System Restore – Restore PC to date and time before infection

1. Canadian Police virus removal software

1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, open the Anti-Malware program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so.

3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan (pictured below).

Malwarebytes Perform Full Scan

4.  Malwarebytes will automatically detect the Royal Canadian Mounted Police virus. Once the scan is complete, Malwarebytes will prompt a message stating malicious objects were detected. Select (check) the malicious objects in the list and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove dangerous Canadian Police malware from your computer (The image below shows a file that is NOT selected for removal – ‘Make sure the box is checked in’).

Malwarebytes Gadgetbox

2. System Restore

System Restore is an easy solution to restore an infected computer to a date and time before it became infected with dangerous ransomware. To learn more please select a link below.

Windows Recommended Restore And Choose A Restore Point

Canadian Police virus removal tips:

If removing this virus and other forms of ransomware is difficult, there are several steps you can use to troubleshoot the removal process:

User accounts

Ransomware often infects 1 user account on Windows systems at a time. Here are some tips to remove this Police virus using different user accounts.

  • Log into an account not affected by malware (with administrative rights) and perform a scan with reputable software to detect and remove malware.
  • You can also delete the infected account.
Denying flash

Some variants of ransomware use flash and symptoms of the infection can be halted by denying flash via Macromedia’s real-time options. To learn more and deny flash please visit: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html

Troubleshoot internet/network issues

Safe Mode With Networking can be used to access the Internet for updates, drivers, removal software, or other files if internet and network connectivity is compromised.

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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