PCEU ransomware is a Trojan that blocks an infected computer’s screen as soon as it gets inside the system. PC does not respond to almost any commands. The virus pretends to be from official authorities – Police Central e-crime Unit. It has organization’s name and logo shown in the message. For the warning to look even more legitimate it displays your IP address and computer location stating that a machine having this identification data breached the laws such as illegally viewed or distributed copyrighted content, sent Spam, or even committed crimes related to child pornography.
One is asked to pay a fine of 100 pounds in order for the charges to be removed. There are two options for paying the money given: Ukash or Paysafecard. Here is an extract from the PCEU ransomware message:
This operating system is locked due to the violation of the laws of the United Kingdom Following violations detected:
This IP address was used to visit websites containing pornography, child pornography, zoophilia and child abuse, your computer also contains video files with Pornographic content, elements of violence and child pornography! Spam-messages with terrorist motives were also sent from your computer. This computer lock is aimed to stop your illegal activity.
To unlock the computer you are obliged to pay a fine of £ 100.
You could pay the forfeit in two ways:
If an error occurs, send the code to address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, this is a scam and you should not believe a word it says. First of all, governmental authorities do not collect fines using prepaid payment methods. This is what only cyber criminals due because it is very complicated to trace such money. Secondly police does not take such means of fighting the crime as blocking one‘s computer. Do not pay the ransom to PCEU ransomware distributors. It will only generate more similar infections. The only way to fix your computer is by deleting the virus. There are detailed PCEU ransomware removal guides available on the Internet. To avoid blocking in the future do not open Spam e-mails with attachments, do not visit suspicious websites, if you download anything, for example software update, get it only from official website.