EC3 Europol Virus is a ransomware spread in Europe and designed by cyber criminals for scaring victims and extorting money. This virus is installed with a help of Trojans that come from infected websites. After EC3 Europol Virus is installed, it completely locks victim’s access to the infected computer and blocks antivirus software. The message about a crime committed by a victim online appears on the locked screen and victims asked to pay 100 EURO or more as a fine for the violation and for unlocking computer. It have to be made with Ukash and Paysafe payment system. Governmental agencies never use such payment systems for collecting fines since it is hard to trace and it gives cyber criminals a chance to walk free.
This removal guide will help you to remove EC3 Europol Virus either manually or with a help of EC3 Europol Virus Removal Tool that comes with “Free online support” and “Free one-year-long protection” against stubborn malicious programs.
What is EC3 Europol Virus?
EC3 Europol Virus is a malicious program for money extortion. Cyber criminals that spread this virus try to scare victims with fake accusations in a crime and push them to pay a ransom as a fine for a fake violation. Removing EC3 Europol Virus is quite complicated since victim’s computer is locked and antivirus software is disrupted or blocked completely. EC3 Europol Virus uses Trojans for infecting your computer, and you better be careful while browsing the Internet. Request of payment made with Ukash and Paysafe is a clear sign of this ransomware scam. The message displayed with EC3 Europol Virus is a fake, and it is not related to any governmental agency. You do not need to be scared by false accusation and need to remove EC3 Europol Virus as soon as possible.
Your computer might be infected with EC3 Europol Virus when you visiting infected and malicious websites or downloading free content used as a disguise for this malware. Email ads might also be used for tricking you into installing EC3 Europol Virus onto your PC. It is better to avoid clicking links on suspicious websites. Do not visit websites with an adult content, and protect your computer from another chance being infected.
EC3 Europol Virus Removal Tool
EC3 Europol Virus is protected against removal by the locked antivirus software and blocked victim’s access to infected computer. This makes it quite difficult for an average computer user to remove EC3 Europol Virus manually. Some of manual removal procedures are potentially unsafe. Unless you understand everything in the manual removal guide below, it is better to use EC3 Europol Virus Removal Tool that comes with a free antispyware program and free online assistance.
Remove EC3 Europol Virus Manually
Start your system in Safe Mode and try to access Windows System Restore . You need to find the restore point set before your computer was infected with EC3 Europol Virus and restore your system to previous. System Restore will undo all the changes made by this virus, and you can restart your computer as normal and run a full scan with your security program to remove malicious files installed onto your PC.
If the System Restore is not available or there is no a restore point that you can use, then, do the following:
1. First, you need to check proxy settings and repair them to prevent hijacking that might link your computer to a malicious website that spread this infection.
2. Start your computer in a Safe Mode and log as a system administrator. Then access Startup folder. For this click Start, select All Programs and find Startup folder. Look at the startup folder and remove suspicious program that you cannot identify. EC3 Europol Virus uses a random name consist of characters and numbers, and some variations might use startup for blocking your computer. Disable suspicious items, restart your computer, and see if it helps.
3. If disabling suspicious files in Windows Startup list doesn’t help to prevent blocking your PC, than you need to fix registry keys used for blocking.
Click Start and type regedit in the search field below. Then press Enter. (On windows XP you need to click Run in the menu and type the command in the input field of the Run utility.
Press OK button, or Enter key, when done.)
In Registry Editor Look for the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
Double click on this key and find Shell in the right pane. It should be set to “Explorer.exe”. If there is something different or an addition to it after coma, right click this line and modify the value to “Explorer.exe” only.
Note: If you see path related to the name that you remove, write it down. It points to the program that runs EC3 Europol Virus, and you need to find and remove it.
VERY IMPORTANT: Before you make changes to your system registry database, make a backup file for the keys being changed or removed in your system registry. You can do this by opening File menu in the Registry Editor and clicking Export. Then follow instructions on the screen. If something goes wrong, you can restore this key by double clicking the saved registry backup file. If no problem is noticed, then you can just discard this file later. Unless you do the backup, you might end with inoperable machine that requires expensive professional attention.
Kill EC3 Europol Virus malicious processes
Note: The file is located in either %AppData% or %Temp% directory in the current user profile.
Remove EC3 Europol Virus entries from system registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell [random chars].exe
Delete EC3 Europol Virus files and folders:
%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\ [random chars and numbers]
%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\[random chars ] \ [random name].exe
Note: Better check for location in your system registry as described above since the path might be different.
If manual removal is difficult and confusing to you, then use removal tool and get a free assistance for removing EC3 Europol Virus and free antispyware program that will protect your computer against spyware for a full year.
Complete EC3 Europol Virus Removal
EC3 Europol Virus might come with other malicious programs. After you remove this virus, you need to update your antivirus program and scan your computer for removing other viruses. You can use free antivirus scanner from different manufacturers to make sure that there is no threat left. Then, it is good to scan your PC with some anti-spyware program like one coming with offered EC3 Europol Virus Removal Tool since a normal antivirus software wouldn’t remove legitimate spyware used with malicious purpose by cyber criminals.
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