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a relative of mine has been infected with a malware. and it basically has locked down his pc. the malware poses itself as a message from SCOTLAND YARD/strathclyde police saying the pc has been spamming and contains illegal files, it asks for payment of £100 within 48 hrs of receiving the message payable via UKASH and PAYSAFE. UKASH has acknowledged the existence of similar scam My link .

The problem is i could've fixed that using a live disk,recovery disk or similar method. BUT I am at uni and I have exams going on, also he is not a very good with computer(hence he got infected :P ). has any one come across a similar malware ,any easy fix, or ways remotely access his pc?

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thanks for the reply, sorry for posting in the wrong section.

he'll will contact me tomorrow to solve this issue,hopefully it will get fixed. if not I'll make sure that I post in the correct section.

mod's can delete or move this thread,

thanks again.

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Your welcome and no need to apologize, happy to have helped, how you get it fixed up.

It was a pretty lame virus. it had not even changed the 'shell' registry properly. killing few exe on safe mode and deleting the file(deleted the whole download folder :) ) seemed to do the trick. now he is doing a full scan (with malwarebites). these malware coders are not trying hard enough these days :P .

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