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Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus

Posted: September 25, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 66
First Seen: September 25, 2012
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus Screenshot 1The Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus is a ransomware Trojan that blocks the Windows interface by displaying a fraudulent legal alert and requesting that you pay a fine through Ukash. Although the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus uses an alert that's tailored to Australian audiences and makes false claims of being sent by the real AFP, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have noted strong similarities between the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus and other ransomware Trojans (such as the 'Der Computer Ist Fr Die Verletzung Der Gesetze Der Republik Sterreich Blockiert Worden' Trojan) that are indicative of variants being distributed in other countries. Since the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus isn't affiliated with any type of real police form and is, itself, illegal, you should, first of all, avoid paying its fee, and secondly, remove the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus with anti-malware software as described further in this article.

Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus: the Trojan That Uses Every Excuse at Its Disposal

While more believable ransomware scams will stick to specific charges or word their threats in a vague fashion, the accompanying pop-up alert for the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus uses a number of different accusations – presumably in a desperate attempt to find something that any given victim is guilty of committing. The Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus accuses your PC of being used to view illegal pornography, distribute spam and infringe on media copyrights, and, supposedly, has locked your computer to prevent further crimes. The official AFP logo also is used to make Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus appear to be legitimate.

In spite of these frantically-inclusive trappings, SpywareRemove.com malware analysts have confirmed that Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus is just a variant of similar ransomware-based PC threats like the 'Der Computer Ist Fr Die Verletzung Der Gesetze Der Republik Sterreich Blockiert Worden' Trojan, West Yorkshire Ransomware, 'Interpol Department of Cybercrime' Ransomware, the United States Cyber Security Virus, the Gema 'Access to your computer was denied' Virus, etc.

Although the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus and its relatives are often referred to broadly as viruses, it should be emphasized that they have, so far, been found to lack any form of self-propagation, including infecting large swathes of files in the fashion of a virus. Likewise, the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus does not appear to be able to distribute itself through networks or removable drive devices, although related PC threats may be designed with distributing the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus in mind.

Sending the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus to Your Personal Jail (AKA, the Recycling Bin)

The Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus launches with Windows and claims that your PC will remain frozen (in addition to other types of impending legal penalties, such as jail time) until you pay its Ukash fee. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers strongly discourage paying this fee, since there's no certainty that the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus will unlock your computer and since the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus has no affiliation with real law enforcement.

Because Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus's pop-up will block you from using other programs or, in fact, any other part of your PC, you should try to disable the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus by launching in Safe Mode. In cases where Safe Mode fails to block Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus's startup routine, SpywareRemove.com malware experts can recommend a USB drive-based system boot as a certain solution. After the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus fails to show its pop-up, you can remove the Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus with any good anti-malware software that's at your disposal.

Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus Screenshot 2

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