I wrote this article to help you remove Polizia Di Stato Ransomware. This Polizia Di Stato Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Polizia Di Stato is a ransomware type of infection. It has nothing to do with the police whatsoever but it’s an online scam. One of many. Ransomware pieces are arguably the most harmful and dangerous cyber threats we encounter nowadays. They are sneaky, deceptive and have only one single goal: to steal your money. It goes without saying that you must get rid of this parasite as soon as you spot it on your PC. The more time you grant it on board the more time it has to accomplish its goal. Also, you procrastinating and hesitating will only worsen your situation as the risk the ransomware poses escalates in no time. Don’t waste time. Delete it immediately.
As a member of the Flimrans ransomware family, this threat can and will cause you a lot of problems. Researchers say that Polizia Di Stato mainly targets Italian users but there are other versions of the infections as well, which are oriented in Canadian and American victims. However, this doesn’t mean you are safe just because you live in another country. Distance is not an issue when it comes to online scams.
After having infected you, Polizia Di Stato blocks your computer screen and displays the following fake message in Italian:
“Polizia di stato
Unità di analisi sul crimine informatico
Attenzione! Il Suo computer e bloccato a causa di uno o piu motivi di cui sotto
Tutte le operazioni fatte a questo computer sono scritte. Se usa la webcam, video, foto si conservano per l’identificazione.Lei può essere individuate facilmente per il Suo indirizzo IP e l’indirizzo del domain legato con esso.Il tuo computer è stato bloccato!”
As you guessed, the message is not real. It is just a scare tactic. According to it, you are having some serious problems with the law. You have been accused of a series of online crimes such as distributing and/or watching pornography, using pirated software or other copyrighted content, etc. All of this is a lie. The notification pretends to be and may seem like a legitimate one but it was not sent by any police department. Nor has it something to do with the Italian government. It was sent by crooks who want to scare you and trick you into believing the police is after you. They rely on the fact that after reading the message, even though it is fake, you will panic. After all, a notification sent to you directly by the police is a good reason for you to panic. If it was legitimate, which it clearly not.
You should know that legal organizations don’t use emails to interact with suspects. This is not how the system works. As explained, all of this is a part of a scam in which the cybercriminal are aiming at your bank account. They are trying to make you nervous and forget that you have done nothing wrong. If you give up, they will get your money. In this scam, crooks want from you 100 Euro fine. A fine, which they claim is about your accusations. You are instructed to use PaySafeCard or Ukash for the payment transfer. However, if you pay, the money will go directly in the crooks` pockets. Don’t become a sponsor of their business, if it can even be called that way. Each “fine” they receive, they will use to develop more malware and scams to extort more people and steal their money. Not only that, you are given a deadline as well. You must make the payment within 72 hours. The crooks hope that, during this time, you will get scared enough that you will think it would be best if you pay. Don’t even consider it. Don’t give these cybercriminals even a cent of your money. Instead, delete this pest using our removal guide below, which I completely free. All you have to do I follow strictly the instructions.
You may also wonder how this pest infected you. Unfortunately, there are many malware distribution tactics and it is very difficult to know which one exactly Polizia Di Stato used. One of the most popular infection method among cybercriminals are still spam email messages. Sometimes they land directly into your regular inbox and if you tend to open everything you receive without thinking twice about it, there is a high chance you invited the ransomware yourself. Don’t click open messages which look shady or are from an unknown sender. Instead, delete them right away. Other methods are corrupted emails, illegitimate websites, third- party pop-ups, Exploit kits, and bogus program updates. All of them a completely unreliable and may conceal many malware infections. Moreover, beware when installing bundled software. It is also one of the crooks favorites do spread infection.
If you notice a shady program deselect it immediately. And last but not least, ransomware sometimes uses Trojan horses to arrive at their destination. You should check your PC for more parasites as this ransomware may not be the only one on board. As there are so many techniques you should always be on the alert. What all infections need the most to succeed is your carelessness.
Polizia Di Stato Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, Polizia Di Stato Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since Polizia Di Stato Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: