The Serios Organised Crime Agency Ransomware is part of the Troj/Urausy Ransomware family of computer infections that targets computers in the United Kingdom and locks you out of your Windows desktop. Please note that Serious and was misspelled by the malware developers on the lock screen. When infected, you will be shown a lock screen when you login to Windows that requires you to pay a ransom before you will be allowed to access your computer normally. This ransomware pretends to be a joint effort between the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), the British Metropolitan Police, Police Central e-crime Unit, Cheshire Constabulary, and Interpol to block computers that have been involved in illegal cyber activity related to pornography and copyrighted content. This activity includes the distribution of pornography, copyrighted files, or computer viruses. It goes on to state that you need to pay a fine in the amount of £100 within 48 hours or you will face legal prosecution. It is important to note that this is a computer infection and you are not actually being targeted by these agencies.
When you are locked out of Windows you will be shown a screen that contains the following text:
Serios Organised Crime Agency (Soca)
British Metropolitan Police
Police Central e-crime Unit
Your computer has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below.
You are accused of viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc). You have violated World Declaration on non-proliferation of child pornography. You are accused of committing the crime envisaged by Article 161 of Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law.
Article 161 of Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 5 to 11 years.
Also, you are suspected of violation of "Copyright and Related rights Law" (downloading of pirated music, video, warez) and of use use and/or dissemination of copyrighted content. Thus, you are suspected of violation of Article 148 of Kingdom of Great Britain Criminal Law.
Article 148 of Kingdom of Great Britain criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 3 to 7 years or 150 to 550 basic amounts fine.
It was from your computer, that unauthorized access had been stolen to information of State importance and to data closed for public Internet access.
<more fake legal threats>
The penalty set must be paid in course of 48 hours as of the breach. On expiration of the term, 48 hours that follow will be used for automatic collection of data on yourself and your misconduct, and criminal case will be opened against you.
Amount of fine is £100. You can pay a fine Ukash or PaySafeCard vouchers.
As soon as the money arrives to the Treasury account, your computer will be unblocked in course of 24 hours.
Then in 7 day term you should remedy the breaches associated with your computer. Otherwise your computer will be blocked up again and criminal case will be opened against yourself (with no option to pay fine).
As you can see, this is a computer virus and a scam and not a legitimate message from any United Kingdom agency. Therefore, ignore anything it displays and instead use the removal guide below to remove this ransomware from your computer.
Your computer should now be free of the Serious Organised Crime Agency Ransomware infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the licensed version of HitmanPro to protect against these types of threats in the future.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "shell" = "explorer.exe,%AppData%\cache.dat"
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