It seems like 2013 is the year for internet viruses robbing innocent people of money. Phishing was thought to be a thing of the past as cases of it happening had decreased year after year. However, incredibly quickly, it thundered up in huge percentages with thousands more cases of phishing scams and similar problems being reported. Scams like the FBI  MoneyPak scam have gotten a god deal of internet coverage but similar ones like the Ukash scam are just as dangerous but are not getting quite as much attention.

This Ukash scam appears to be working entirely on the same line as the FBU MoneyPak scam. It is usually seen coming through suspicious emails and also displays a similar warning message to the one the alleged FBI send with MoneyPak. The lock screen will show a faked Canadian Security Intelligence Service and claim that your computer and you have violated serious Canadian laws and that it will remain locked from use until you pay a considerably high fine of one hundred dollars. They will ask you to use Ukash to pay or a PaySafeCard code in order to pay this fine immediately. The scary thing about this virus is that it can also access your webcam to try and scare you and will give you a live feed from your webcam of you on this page which often is enough to scare people into paying; it is incredibly scary to honestly believe the Canadian equivalent of the FBI are watching you in the privacy of your own home through your laptop, let alone some strange scammers.

Whatever you do if you get this virus, do not pay the money. Not only will it probably not fix your computer, it will also be just aiding criminals where they can cause more damage with your money. There are ways, luckily, to get rid of this virus, just like the FBI MoneyPak virus.

If you get this virus accidentally, you should turn off your computer manually and then start it again in Safe Mode. When in Safe Mode, search for any applications or exe. files that you cannot place or do not remember downloading and delete them. Then empty your recycling bin and turn off your computer and restart it normally. This should have gotten rid of the virus. However, sometimes it is not that easy as the Ukash virus sometimes disallows the user to start in Safe Mode and sometimes deleting the exe. files does not do the trick. If this is the case, you will have to use system restore which will revert your computer back to a certain previous state- sometimes it will restore factory settings, meaning you will lose all of your data. This is why it is important to back everything up separately. That should do the trick permanently.

Of course though, they best way to rid yourself of the Ukash virus is to make sure you don’t get it in the first place. Be is checking which websites you visit carefully or checking emails, don’t be caught out.