Over the weekend I happed to be pinged by a Malware virus. I wasn't doing anything wrong or remotely illegal but my laptop suddenly locked up saying it was the Met police and they were locking my computer until I paid £100 fine to release my laptop. Due to the nature of the guy's and gal's on this site, I suspect I am not the first or the last person this has happened too. Firstly, do not pay the fine. This is a known ransomeware (Trojan)and there are ways of removing it. I logged into a different account to see what I could do. I then found this site Malware Removal Blog, sadly this didnt work for me as the file Shell had a value data as explorer.exe, however all is not lost, I found a way of removing it manually. Reboot your PC/Laptop and continually press F8 to get the Windows Advanced Options Menu. Then select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt". You then need to open the account that had the virus. Once successfully logged in, start menu> command prompt> msconfig.exe When the dialog box opens, look in startup. I found a file that was gibberish. it had no clear wording just random letters. It was an unknown file and had that days date on it. When you find it, untick the box and take a not of where the file is located. For me it was in HKUC (or something). I found the file and deleted it, then emptied my recycle bin. This then cleared it from the PC. When I rebooted all was fine. Due to this being a newish virus, some or most of the anti - malware products are not yet able to remove this virus. Due to the different mothods of finding it and removing it, I suspect the hacker who wrote it are changing for this reason. The virus is a pain in arrse, as it blocks your desktop so renders it useless. So hopefully this will help some of you out a little.