Hello. I got this Serious Organised Crime Agency virus ransomware on my PC. It blocks my computer and claims that I need to pay a fine to unlock my computer. How could this malware scam happen to me? I just watch some videos on Youtube, how can I break the law? Should I need to pay the fine of 100 pounds and worry about the police who come to my home to put me in jail?
Serious Organised Crime Agency virus (also known as SOCA virus) is a new kind of the ransomware which can block your computer completely. This virus may infect your computer while you are visiting unsafe links, installing infected program and opening unknown E-mail attachment. This virus will pretend itself as a real message from the government or other legal authorities in order to cheat and scare the victims. If victims don’t know about this virus, they will fall into this scam and pay the fine to the virus maker. Just remember this is not a legitimate message at all, the real government department will not lock your PC and publish this message online. What you can see on the PC about breaking the laws and blocking your PC is totally a big scam. Actually you didn’t break any laws at all and the police will not go to arrest you. There is nothing you need to worry, all you need to do is to remove this SOCA virus completely before it causes further damage on it.
Generally speaking, Serious Organised Crime Agency virus can infect Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. This virus can attack your PC even you have installed anti-virus program on the infected PC. Once it starts its working, your computer will be complete blocked immediately, you can not close this page at all. A screen comes up and tells you that your PC is blocked by the Serious Organised Crime Agency because you have broken the laws like downloading video or music online and watching child porn. The department has locked your PC for safety, you can unlock your PC by paying a fine in 48 hours. If you refuse to pay the money by Ukash in 48 hours, all the data on the blocked PC will be totally erased and you will be arrested by the local police. Some of the victims may go to buy a Ukash card and finish payment immediately because they are afraid of being arrested by the police. However, once they did that, they only find that their computers are still locked and they can not get their money back once they realize SOCA virus is a scam.
Serious Organised Crime Agency virus scam ransomware can cause a terrible situation on the infected PC, not only can it forbid the anti-virus program but also can download different viruses on the infected machine as well. That is the reason many victims may get Trojan horse, browser hijack redirect and even the rogue program at the same time. Usually we call these kinds of viruses as Ukash family virus because the Ukash voucher is their common payment method. You need to know that it is just a scam which is created by the virus makers. You can not get your money back if you finish payment by Ukash and your PC will be still in a dangerous and high-risk of being attacked. This SOCA message is not related to the government department or police. So please do not be fooled by this tricky virus, or you will lose you data and money.
Serious Organised Crime Agency malware mainly targets computer systems with an IP address located in United Kingdom. It usually comes to the target computers through several means such as:
1 > Download free programs or video from the Internet
2 > Click on any advertisements popping up on the computer screen
3 > Open the unknown email and click the suspicious link attached in it or download the attachment contains a virus
Now cyber criminals keep updating the interface of the virus page so that you may see different image about this virus. But all of them play the same trick that disguises itself to be a legitimate message from the authorities like PCEU, Cheshire, Interpol and Metropolitan British Police to blame users for breaking the laws and watching porn etc. Next, it refuses to give your access to your desktop and it requests you to pay a fine through Ukash or Paysafecard within 48 hours first. To make this alert seem to be more authentic, this virus also has the ability to hack into your webcam, it may take a photo of you and show a picture at the virus page making you more scared because everything looks like you are under surveillance by those authorities listed at the following locked page:
Note: The above notification just wants to make the user believe that the activities of the infected computer are monitored and the only way to unlock the system is to pay a fine or you will be arrested and sent to jail. However, that is not true and paying will not guarantee that you will be able to use your computer normally again. The only thing it will happen is that you lose you money and get nothing back.
It will take control of your computer rapidly once it is downloaded.
It will encrypt all of your files on the compromised PC.
It will pretend itself as a legit warning and then ask for a ransom.
It can disable your task manager and even pop up in safe mode.
It can connect to a remote IRC server and forward the data to cyber criminals without a computer user’s awareness.
It can’t be simply uninstalled or removed in control panel.
Since Serious Organised Crime Agency Virus scam blocks your antivirus programs and stops them from running even locks your PC entirely, under such circumstance, manual removal is required to handle with the virus. This manual removal guide is for advanced computer users to follow. If you are not 100% confident of what you will have to do, it’s suggested to get help from experts.
Please do a system backup before you start to delete Serious Organised Crime Agency Ransomware manually.
1. Restart your PC before windows launches, tap “F8” constantly. Choose“Safe Mode with Networking” option, and then press Enter key.
2. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together and stop the Ransomware processes in the Windows Task Manager.
Random.exe (The name of the virus process may be different all the time)
(If you can’t figure out the process of the virus, you can end the process called explorer.exe first so that virus won’t come up)
3. Delete associated files from your PC completely as follows:
C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>
4. Search for all related registry entries infected by this dangerous virus and wipe them out:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = 0
5. Reboot the computer to normal mode when the above steps are done.
Serious Organised Crime Agency Virus can damage to your PC when it is installed to your PC. This virus blockS your PC completely and you can not do anything on it, what is more, if you have more than one user on the infected PC, other accounts may be infected by this ransomware as well. The virus maker can even have ability to get into the infected PC due to this nasty virus, thus all the information data like account number and password can be stolen. Facing such an urgent situation, many victims try to use the anti-software to deal with the virus, but they find it useless at last. The virus can block the anti-virus software to take effective as usual. Therefore, you’d better take actions to remove the virus manually with the help of advanced computer experts online as early as possible. Next time when you get this message on your computer, do not confuse what illegal thing you did online, you should realize that your computer is infected by a big virus and you need to remove it from your infected computer before it causes further damage to your operating system.
Note: Manual removal is a skillful and risky job, if any mistakes are made in the process, you may damage your computer immediately. If you failed to handle this bad virus, please contact YooCare PC experts 24/7 online for help.
Published by & last updated on April 10, 2014 6:34 am