The Cheshire Police Authority virus is another ransomware that blocks an infected computer and pretends to be sent by official authorities – Cheshire Police. To make the blocking message look more convincing it displays an infected computer’s IP address and even turns on a webcam if one is installed. The message next to the cam window informs that all video information will be used for criminal’s identification. Although the warning alert text might be a bit different depending on the version of the virus, it would include information about breach of laws related to illegal usage of copyrighted content, sending spam and distribution of pornographic material. For the fake charges to be removed and a computer unblocked cyber criminals ask for a ransom of 100 £:
United Kingdom Police
Metropolitan Police – PCEU
Cheshire Police Authority
ATTENTION! Your PC is blocked due tout least one of the reasons specified below.
You have been violating. Copyright and Related Rights Law. (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Great Britain.
The amount of fine is £100. You can pay a fine Ukash or PaySafeCard.
When you pay the fine, your PC will get unlocked in Ito 72 hours after the money is put into the State’s account. Since your PC is unlocked, you will be given 7 days to correct all violations. In case all violations are not corrected after 7 working days, your PC will be blocked again, and a criminal case will be initiated against you automatically under one or more articles specified above.
Do not believe this message and do not pay anything. It will not unblock your computer. The only reliable solution to the problem is using legitimate antivirus software and special The Cheshire Police Authority virus removal instructions. If you want to increase your computer protection in the future, always have your security programs updated, make sure your system files are up to date and follow safe Internet browsing tips.