A ransomware virus, known as the International Police Association virus has been reported to infect the computers of it’s victims and place all of their files in an archive which is then password protected. The virus also aims to get victims to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to unlock the password-protected files. In case you have become a victim of the IPA ransomware virus, we strongly advise you to read this article in order to remove the International Police Association IPA virus and unlock your files for free.
|Short Description||Archives important files on the compromised computers in a password protected .zip file and then demands a hefty ransom fee to be paid to get the unlock password.|
|Symptoms||The victim may not be able to open the files. A file locked.zip may appear in their place.|
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How Does IPA Ransomware Distribute Itself
For the infection process, IPA ransomware uses a technique that is very similar to what most ransomware viruses do. The malware may spread via malicious e-mail attachments sent via e-mail to the victims. The e-mails contain false information, presenting the attachments as important documents, like invoices or receipts, for example:
Other methods by which IPA ransomware can cause an infection on your computer may include uploading the malicious files of this virus on torrent and other suspicious sites. The files may pretend to be setups of software, key generators, game patches, cracks and other license activators.
IPA Ransomware – What Does It Do
As soon as the user is infected, the intermediary malware uses an exploit in Windows to bypass protection. The virus then may drop it’s important files on the following Windows directories:
The primary files dropped in association with IPA ransomware are reported to be the following:
But in addition to this, the IPA ransomware may also attack multiple other aspects, of Windows like the Run and RunOnce windows Registry keys which are responsible for running a process on system start up.
The ransomware virus may also perform another activity. IPA ransomware may delete the shadow copies on the infected computer by executing variation of the vssadmin command in Windows Command Prompt:
IPA Ransomware – Archiving Process
The primary function of IPA ransomware is to copy all of the important files of the victim in a compressed .ZIP archive. The virus may initiate the procedure through the build.exe file and IPA ransomware scans and archives the following files:
fla, .gif, .js, .mov, .mp3, .mpg, .ppt, .rar, .vob, .zip
After the files are located, the IPA virus begins to create an archive, named locked.zip and in this archive are all the files in a password protected format:
Fortunately, the files can now be unlocked as malware researchers have created a master unlock password for this infection. But before doing so, we strongly advise you to take the necessary steps and remove the IPA ransomware virus completely from your computer.
Remove IPA Virus and Unlock Archived Files
For the removal of this virus, it is best to backup the locked.zip file, beforehand. After this, we recommend following the removal instructions below in order to get rid of this threat. For maximum effectiveness, we also recommend that you use an advanced anti-malware software for a swift removal and full protection.
After having removed the IPA Ransomware virus, you can unlock the IPA locked.zip file by using the master password, detected by researchers: