Is your computer locked by The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland virus that asks you to pay a fine through Ukash or Paysafecard? Is this warning saying you have been breaking the laws and watching porn really from Ireland Police? How do you unlock your computer without paying the fine?
The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland virus is another Ransomware comes from the same family like GARDA Virus which mainly attacks inexperienced computer users from Ireland. This virus is promoted via spam e-mails, malicious or hacked Web pages, peer-to-peer networks and gets to the PC in different ways even if you have antivirus program protected. When it is installed, it blocks your computer’s screen and demands users to pay a fine of €100 using Ukash or PaySafeCard within 48 hours. It is unnecessary for you to pay the money because this is a scam designed by remote hackers who want to scare innocent users and collect money from them. Paying the fine won’t help to get your computer unlocked.
As we all known, The Guardians of the Peace (An Garda Síochána) is established in 1922, is a nationwide force headed by a commissioner who is responsible to the minister for justice. This time the virus makers utilizes its name in an effort to panic the victims and makes them into worry about they will be arrested if the fine is not paid in time. The virus claims that your computer has been blocked due to it being involved with the distribution of pornographic material, spam and copyrighted content. Also it displays your IP address, country etc. indicating your activities are recorded and watched by the Ireland Police. In fact, this is just a tactic created by the hackers and nothing is real on the locked page. Computer users should know that the authorities mentioned on the virus page like Garda, The National Crime Prevention Unit, even The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland won’t use such way to block one’s computer screen and ask money for any law violations.
Now hackers have created many variants of this fake screen blocking messages in order to earn as much money as they can. Just like Police Judiciaire Fédérale Virus which targets on users in Belgium, they have similar locked page but asking different amount of money. There are tens of various interfaces of this Ransomware spreading over the Internet, each of them is written in a different language. But they all have the same goal- lock your computer first and gain money from unwary users who believe in this hoax. Therefore, if your computer is blocked by The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland Ransomware, it is suggested you to use the provided manual removal guide and remove this scam from your PC immediately.
This hoax gives a misleading notifications claiming from The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland in order to cheat the innocent users. It accuses the user of being related to the use of copyrighted of pirated material and so on. Then it demands a fine of €100 within 48 hours in order to correct this violation. Users must understand a fact that this 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. 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 will lose you money and get nothing back. Ignore the message is what you need to do first, then you have to unlock the computer from the guides below as quickly as possible.
It will take control of your computer rapidly once it is downloaded.
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 The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland Virus has completely locked up your computer making you difficult to gain access, you will need to manually remove it instead of using antivirus programs to do so. Also, antivirus programs cannot completely catch this virus. Otherwise, it would have caught it at the beginning when this malware tries to sneak inside. Below are some basic steps on how to get rid of this virus manually. However, due to the changeable characters of this virus, you may not find the exact same files or entries to delete. That’s also why the manual removal requires expertise to do it. You will need to go through files and entries under different locations to define and delete. Any mistake could lead to unpredictable problems during the process. Thus, a backup of important files and programs is suggested before The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland Virus removal. A flash drive or external hard drive will be needed.
1. Since you cannot gain access to the infected computer under regular mode because of this lock screen, please restart the computer and put it in Safe mode with Networking first. Here’s the guide: Restart the computer upon the locking screen and start hitting F8 key repeatedly when PC is booting up again; if successfully, Safe mode options will show up on the screen for you to select. Please use arrow keys to highlight Safe mode with Networking option and hit enter key. System will be loading files into this mode afterward.
Attention: If virus stays in your computer for a long time, it may work in the background and block you from accessing safe mode with networking, thus, you’ll see virus page still or the virus forces you to log off and restart your computer automatically. In that case, please choose: Safe mode with command prompt and try if it helps. If none of them helps, please contact YooCare expert for instant help.
2. Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Under Safe mode with Networking, please hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) keys together to pull up Windows Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find processes associated with The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland scam and click End process.
4. Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows+R keys and pull up Run box and searching for regedit.
5. Find out and delete files and registry entries associating with The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland virus as below:
6. Restart computer back to Regular mode and check out if the warning page still shows up again.
The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland Virus is a malicious ransomware that can let the infected PC stay in a terrible situation. Generally speaking, most of the victims may regard it as a real and legit message which comes from the government department if they know nothing about this malware, because it uses the name and even the logo of the department to cheat and scare victims. It is the way virus makers collect money and information from the victims. Once it is installed to the victims’ PCs, the infected machine will be in a unsafe place and high-risk of being attacked, the security programs like firewall can be forbidden by this malware and the settings can be modified as well. The homepage and desktop image can be replaced by the hijacker. This virus has become one of the most dangerous viruses on the Internet, it can infect the PC easily by infected programs, links, webpages and even E-mail attachment so that most of the anti-virus programs can not prevent it from accessing the victims’ PCs. Never pay a fine to this malware, your PC may still be blocked even you finish payment for 100 times. You need to realize it is just a scam which wants to cheat and scare you. The real government will not publish this kind of the messages online and lock your PC or even ask for a payment. All you can see on your PC about The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland blocking is totally fake that can not be trusted at all. You don’t need to worry about the message it shows, actually you didn’t do anything illegal online. It is suggested that you should remove this virus manually and quickly, or the infected PC will face to a very unsafe situation.
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 are not sure how to do, please contact YooCare PC experts 24/7 online for help right now.
Published by & last updated on August 13, 2013 3:32 am