May 25, 2011

Warning! Piracy detected!



"Warning! Piracy detected!" is a fake alert used by a ransomware Trojan as part of a scam that locks down your computer.
 'Warning! Piracy detected!' ransomware infections will claim to be notifications from a fake organization that monitors illegal file transactions. Although 'Warning! Piracy detected!' Trojans insist that you must pay a large fine to regain the use of your PC, the supposed organization that is being represented doesn't exist, and the 'Warning! Piracy detected!' Trojan has no legal authority. 

You can delete 'Warning! Piracy detected!' Trojans and restore your computer by using appropriate anti-malware programs in combination with Safe Mode or another secure boot method.
'Warning! Piracy detected!' Trojans use a noticeably official-looking error window to make it look like your PC is being warned by an official source. In addition to various official-seeming seals related to the RIAA and other media entities, 'Warning! Piracy detected!' ransomware will claim to be from the ICPP, a fake organization with its own fake website at icpp-online.com. This website is maintained by an entity using the email address of ovenersbox@yahoo.com, an address which has prior links to Koobface and Zeus-related scams. The 'Warning! Piracy detected!' ICPP website's contact information, such as its Italian phone number, are merely visual placeholders that lead to dead-ends if you try to use them. 

Unlike most ransomware warning screens, 'Warning! Piracy detected!' will go so far as to detect torrents on your PC. 'Warning! Piracy detected!' warning screens also offer other types of detailed information that are not usually used by ransomware Trojans, like 'lawsuit preview' documentation, logged IP addresses and general lists of evidence of copyright violations. 'Warning! Piracy detected!' states the following: 

Warning! Piracy detected! 
Pirated content was detected on your PC! 
You are seriously violating copyright by: 
- Media files downloaded from torrents 
- Pirated movies from peer-to-peer networks 
- Cracked software from file-sharing services 

Copyright fund has received report and has started an investigation. You'll receive subpoena in a week
 

'Warning! Piracy detected!' warnings will re-occur even if you ignore them, constantly requesting that you pay a $400.00 settlement fee to avoid more serious legal penalties. Since the fake organization linked to 'Warning! Piracy detected!' ransomware Trojans have no legal authority and offers no protection for your credit card during transactions, paying that high fee is self-destructive at best. 

Removal:

Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager: 
  • iqmanager.exe
 Location of the infection:
  1. C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\IQManager\iqmanager.exe
  •  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\iqmanager.exe
Although it is possible to manually remove Warning! Piracy detected! Pop Up, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend  malware and spyware removal applications.

After removing all these files, restart your computer and the issue will be fixed. And don’t forget to do update your Security Software, check the Firewall Settings and the Operating System and finally do a full system scan with the Security Software.
 

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