I am having trouble with the “police locked computer scam’. It says it’s the South Yorkshire Police. I’m freaking out now. Is this South Yorkshire Police Virus real or fake? I can’t access my computer now. It has a full locked screen with warning there. I don’t think I have done anything wrong. If it’s real. What will happen to me? Am I going to be arrested?

Is South Yorkshire Police Virus Real or Fake?

South Yorkshire Police Virus or West Yorkshire Police Virus,  is not legal at all. This kind of scam malware was designed by hackers to cheat people into paying them money. The hackers just made use of the logo of South Yorkshire Police so that people can be easily taken in. SouthYorkshire Police Virus or West Yorkshire Police fake thing even is attached a national flag of the UK as if it looks like from legal organizations. Very similar to Internet Crime Complaint Center virus ransomware, South Yorkshire Police ransomware is designed by cunning hackers for illegal purpose to lock people’s computers asking for ransome/penalty.

In order to cheat and threaten netizens more easily, they designed an interface/appearance just like it’s originated by government offices. And, South Yorkshire Police is one of the organizations in the United Kingdom. But the virus has nothing to do with the office. Hackers just want to threaten people via taking advantage of their fragile psychology in the name of Yorkshire Police. Compare to Fake antivirus malware, this one is more aggressive, deceptive and like a robber. There are lots of routes of transmission. It may hide in some malicious websites for your visit or may be bundled with some video files or programs, when you download these files, you also download this stuff. Or it even pretends to be a normal program puzzling you. No matter in which way, once it accesses your computer, it will install in your computer automatically without your permission. After it’s installed in your computer, South Yorkshire Police Virus will be configured to start automatically every time your computer is started. Before you can do something, it will take over your screen and lock your computer so that you can’t do anything to get rid of this pest. South Yorkshire Police fake alerts will report that your activities violate the laws of the UK and the operating system is locked to stop your illegal activity. To make it appear real, South Yorkshire Police Virus even will show your IP address as detection and claim you must pay a fine of 100 Euros or more. In addition, users are asked to pay only through the Ukash or Paysafecard. Of course, all of this information is totally fake. Never consider to pay for that because even if you do as it requires, you still cannot unlock your computer. You need to remove this nasty malware as soon as possible before it brings you more harm.

Tips: Now that your computer will be completely locked, anti-virus program is not available. You’d better contact a PC expert for help:

What Does South or West Yorkshire Police Virus Look Like?

Detailed Steps to Remove Yorkshire Police Virus Manually

Step 1: Try to plug out the internet cable then restart your computer normally. After you can see the desktop, plug in the cable again. If the virus doesn’t pop up, you can continue from step 3. (If it’s wireless connection, turn off/on instead of plugging in/out cable)

Step 2: Restart your computer in safe mode with networking. To do this, please keep pressing F8 key before windows launches until you get there shown as below:

Step 3: Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys to open the Task manager to stop the progress of Fake South Yorkshire Police Virus. Because the name will be changed fast, it will be displayed with different names with random letters.

Step 4: Delete all the files related to South Yorkshire Police Virus

Login to profile in which you are getting South Yorkshire Police Virus or Ransomware…
Go to my computer
Then press ALT button once
Go to tools on menu bar
Goth select Folder options…
Click on view tab
Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives
Click OK button
Go to C:\Users\profile name here\AppData\Local\Random files

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Random.exe (it will be named randomly)
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Random.exe (it will be named randomly)
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\HERYFMMR.exe (it will be named randomly)\

Video Guide to Remove Yorkshire Police Virus From Registry Editor

Above all: This virus should be removed as soon as possible. If you leave South Yorkshire Police Virus alone, it will not only stay in your computer, but also can put your IP in very dangerous condition. However, if you can remove it in time, it can’t do any harm to your computer and won’t ask for money any more. Also please don’t pay money to this South Yorkshire Police Virus, even if you pay to the hackers, they won’t unlock your computer. Never believe those so called free software! Don’t download to install those stuffs in your computer. They can not only remove the Virus for you, but also bring you much more other virus such as ransomware, scam virus even fake things. You may not be aware that those so called free software can be another cheater, which will make you gain just more loss. Please don’t take a chance to have a try. It’s nonsense. There is no free lunch! If you really can’t remove this nasty virus yourself, please find an expert for assistance. This is the best choice.

Anyhow, a professional expert such as YooCare/YooSecurity PC Online Service can easily remove the South Yorkshire Police Virus for you and make you at ease.

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on April 1, 2014 1:59 am

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