GVU Virus Removal Guide

Do you know what GVU Virus is?

GVU or Gesellschaft zur Verfolgung von Urheberrechtsverletzungen is The German Federation against Copyright Infringement – a German association that is responsible for investigating copyright infringements in Germany. Unfortunately, there is also a malware application that exploits GVU’s name for malicious purposes. GVU virus is a ransomware infection that targets user’s money, pretending to be a legal representative of the copyright association. This computer threat gets into the system via a drive-by download and Trojan infection known as Reveton.

Once GVU Virus is in, it blocks you from accessing your desktop and demands a release payment, that should save you from a possible imprisonment sentence. This is the usual tactics for Ukash virus ransomware. There are a lot of versions of this infection, and there are over 30 Ukash variants for German users alone. There are such infections as Der Zugang zu Ihrem Computer Wurde Gesperrt Virus, Bundespolizei Ihr Computer wurde gesperrt and other similar threats. The abundance of Ukash virus versions shows how lucrative this business is. A lot of users do end up believing in whatever GVU Virus has to say. And the message GVU Virus displays is quite troubling:

Ihr Computer wurde von der GVU gesperrt.
Auf Ihrem Computer wurden illegal heruntergeladene Medien ("Raubkopien") gefunden.

Der Download von urheberrechtlich geschützten Medien durch das Internet oder einer Dateitauschbörse (Filesharing) ist illegal und wird gemäß #106 Urhebergesetz mit Geldstrafe oder Freiheitsstrafe von bis zu 3 Jahren bestraft.

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GVU Virus says that your computer has been locked because you have been downloading copyrighted media from the Internet via file sharing, and that is a criminal act. The message also claims that you might face an imprisonment sentence of up to 3 years. Unless, of course, you pay 100 euro and get out of this unscathed.

Unfortunately, the message is so scary that great number of users do pay the fine, and then they face the sad reality - their computers remain locked and GVU Virus get away with their money. You have to keep your wallet to yourself remove GVU Virus like this:

  1. Restart your computer and press F8 to load System boot menu.
  2. Select Safe mode with Networking and press Enter.
  3. Launch Internet browser and download SpyHunter from http://www.spyware-techie.com/download-sph
  4. Install SpyHunter and remove GVU Virus from your computer.

If you have Windows XP:

  1. Follow the steps above from 1 to 3.
  2. Open Start menu and click on RUN.
  3. Enter "msconfig" into the RUN box and press Enter.
  4. Click on Startup tab on System Configuration menu and uncheck all programs on the list. Click OK and exit the menu.
  5. Restart your computer in Normal mode and install SpyHunter.
  6. Launch SpyHunter and remove GVU virus automatically.

In non-techie terms:

GVU virus is a ransomware application that displays false message in order to make you pay ransom fee. There is nothing real about it, and you need to remove GVU Virus from your system as soon as you can.

Aliases: Gesellschaft zur Verfolgung von Urheberrechtsverletzungen.