Locked out from your computer now and the AFP claiming that you were committed in some crime and a fine of AUD $ 200 is required for that via Ukash within 72 hours? Scratch your head facing that frozen desktop that freak you out? Ignore that full-screen notification in name of AFP, which is just part of the computer virus infection, referred to as AFP (Australian Federal Police) Ukash virus, categorized as ransomware. Read more in this post to follow the step by step instructions to get rid of this nasty Australian Federal Police Ukash virus.
What is AFP virus?
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) Ukash virus is a computer virus, classified as ransomware, which will display a bogus notification that pretends to be from the Australian police and states that your computer has been blocked due to it being involved with the distribution of pornographic material, SPAM and copyrighted content.
Like many other ransomware infections spread in the wild such as FBI Moneypak virus, this AFP ransomware also exploit system vulnerabilities to infect computer system. And once settled down, the AFP ransomware will totally lock you out of your computer and applications, so whenever you’ll try to log on into your Windows operation system or Safe Mode running, it will display a lock screen asking you to pay a fake fine of AUD $ 100, or AUD $200, etc depending on its version, in the form of a Ukash or Paysafecard code.
To make the scam more scary, this ransomware virus would even attempt to trick the user into thinking they are under surveillance by webcam, as it always shows a fake screen in “recording” status. Actually this even makes no difference on the infected computer with no web cam at all. Apparently, the truth is ready to jump out at your call.
Moreover, Cyber criminals often often updated the design of this lock screen, however you should always keep in mind that the AFP will never lock down your computer or monitor your online activities.
As of today, there are three versions of AFP ransomware detected and once getting infected, you will one of below lock screens from AFP ransomware infections:
The bogus alert from the Australian Federal Police Ransom will display the following message:
AFP Australian Federal Police
Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below. You have been violating “Copyright and Related Rights Law” (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Australia. Article 128 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 2 to 5 hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophillia anr etc.) Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of Australia.
Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 12 years. Illegal access to computer has been initiated from your PC, or you have been… Article 208 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to AUD $100,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 9 years.
Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law On Neglectful Use of Personal Computer. Article 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of AUD $2,000 to AUD $8,00.
Bear in mind, the alert is totally fake as part of the ransomware scam. So whenever you see it, ignore it and under no circumstance should you trust it and pay for it.
Symptoms of AFP Ukash/Paysafecard Virus Infection
- > Sneaky infiltrates and once infected, the computer will be totally locked up and the desktop will be hijacked and instead display a bogus notification from authorities like AFP, ICSPA, asking for a bogus fine of 100 pounds to be paid via Ukash or Paysafecard within 72 hours in order to unlock the computer and be jail free.
- > Every time you restart your computer, this lock screen will appear and even if you reboot your PC into safe mode, the lock screen still appears and the safe mode running is forbidden.
Most ransomware exploits Java or flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. In some cases denying or disabling flash on your system may suspend the AFP Ukash virus and enable the user to navigate through the infected system. If this not a necessity for removal, skip to the removal options below these steps. If any questions in the process, just feel free to contact us for timely help by sending us email below.
To disable (deny) flash
3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).
How to Remove AFP Ukash Virus (Ransomware Removal Guide)
This tutorial suits the removal of Ukash, PaysafeCard, MoneyPak and CashU ransomware.
Generally there are two situations when your computer got infected with this AFP ransomware. One is that you can still boot your computer to safe mode and the another one is not. According to this, there are two removal options for each situation for you to choose.
- Option 1- Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore
- If your computer can still be booted into safe mode, and the system restore points are not deleted by the infection, you can choose this option for the ransomware removal.
- Option 2-Remove the Ransomware Using Anvi Rescue Disk
- This method is the final solution for deep infection that you computer system is totally blocked from even the safe mode running or all system restore points are deleted by the infection.
Removal Option 1-Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore
Step 1> Launch your PC into Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
During the start, keep pressing F8 key till the Advanced Windows Options Menu shows up and then use the arrow key on the keyboard to highlight the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option and then press Enter. See detailed instructions on how to boot Windows to Safe Mode
Note: make sure you login your computer with administrative privileges. (login as admin)
Step 2> Type explorer to access
Once the Command Prompt window appears you only have few seconds to type “explorer” and hit Enter. If you fail to do so within 2-3 seconds, the ransomware virus will not allow you to type anymore.
Step >3 Once Windows Explorer shows up browse to:
- Win XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
- Win Vista/7: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter
Step 4> Restore
Follow all steps to restore or recover your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point), before infection.
Step 5> Scan malware and restart
Removal Option 2-Remove the Ransomware using Anvi Rescue Disk
In most cases of computer infected by ransomware, your PC would be totally blocked from any operation, including safe mode runing. Then, you can use the Anvi Rescue Disk to fix the issue together with the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender. Some patience and time is needed for this removal emthod. If any question in the process, please feel free to send your email below to our online Technical Support for timely help.
Below is a video of ransomware removal using Anvi Rescue Disk for your reference.
Step 1> Download the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image file
Download the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image file Rescue.iso and the USB disk production tool BootUsb.exe from Anvisoft official site. (Both are packaged in the file offered to download below.)
Direct download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/rsd/
Please kindly note that Rescue.iso is a large file to download; please be patient while it downloads.
Step 2> Record the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to USB drive.
You can also record the iso image to a CD/DVD. We will introduce the steps to record iso image to a CD/DVD in following guide.
To record the Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to USB drive:
1. Firstly find a clean computer with correct internet connection and then connect your USB driver to the clean computer. You’d better backup your important data and format your USB drive before using it to record the iso image.
2. Locate your download folder and double-click on BootUsb.exe to start it. And then click “Choose File” button to browser into your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file.
3. Select the path of USB drive, such as Drive H:
4. Click “Start Burning” to start the burn of USB Rescue Disk boot drive.
5.Please close BootUsb.exe tool after you successfully burn the file to the USB drive when you get the following message.
Now, you have bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.
You can also record Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to a DV/DVD. Any CD/DVD record software is fine for burn iso image. If you don’t have any, you can download and install Nero Burning ROM and ImgBurn. Here we will use Nero Burning ROM for demonstration purpose.
Please open and start Nero Burning ROM and select Burn Image from the drop-down menu of the Recorder.
1. Locate your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file and then click Open button.
2. Click Burn button to start record the iso image. After a few minutes, you will have a bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.
Step 3> Configure your infected computer to boot from the USB drive/DV/DVD
Restart your infected computer and configure it to boot from USB drive/DV/DVD that recorded Anvi Rescue Disk.
Basically , you can use F8 to load USB boot menu.
For different motherboard, you may need to use the Delete or F2, F11 keys, to load the BIOS menu. Normally, the information on how to enter the BIOS menu is displayed on the screen at the start of the OS boot.
The keys F1, F8, F10, F12 might be used for some motherboards, as well as the following key combinations:
- • Ctrl+Esc
- • Ctrl+Ins
- • Ctrl+Alt
- • Ctrl+Alt+Esc
- • Ctrl+Alt+Enter
- • Ctrl+Alt+Del
- • Ctrl+Alt+Ins
- • Ctrl+Alt+S
If you can enter Boot Menu directly then simply select your CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st boot device.
If you can’t enter Boot Menu directly then simply use Delete key to enter BIOS menu. Select Boot from the main BIOS menu and then select Boot Device Priority. After that, set USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st Boot Device. Save changes and exist BIOS menu.
Step> 4 Boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk.
After that let’s boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk.
1. Restart your computer. After restart, a message will appear on the screen: press any key to enter the menu. So, press Enter or any other key to load the Anvi Rescue Disk
2. please selected your preferred language and press Enter to continue.
Step> 5 Run the Anvi Rescue Disk to scan and repair.
1. Now you are in the mini Operating system, please double-click Rescue tool to start Anvi Rescue disk.
Important note: make sure that your computer is connected to network connection before you run a scan on your computer. If you fail to connect your computer to Internet, please check the tutorial on network configuration in this article: Network Troubleshooting Tips for Ransomware Removal Using Anvi Rescue Disk
2. Please run a full scan by clicking the “Scan Computer” button in the middle of the program to detect and kill the PC lockup virus.
3. Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threats detected by Anvi Rescue Disk.
4. Switch to Repair tab. Scan and fix the registry error with the “Repair” module of Anvi Rescue Disk.
Important Notice: You must repair the registry error after kill the virus. Otherwise, you would be disabled to boot your Windows without fixing registry damaged by the virus.
Step>6 Download Anvi Smart Defender antimalware to ensure a clean computer.
After the repair, your computer should be clean and resuced from the evil claw of the ransomware infection. However, many professionally crafted ransomware variants have evolved to be very persistant, that is to say, harder to remove, so you are highly recommended to download the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender by clicking Yes button on the prompted window to fulfill the download.
After the download, please restart your computer to normal Windows mode and then go to the folder: C:\Users\[username]\Downloads
Find the downloaded file asdsetup.exe and double click its file to install it and then start it to perform a full scan on your computer sytem, in order to ensure the computer is clean from any associated infections or leftovers.
After the scan, remove any detected infections and then you can have a clean computer now.
To return a smooth running computer system after the virus removal, you are highly recommended to use a system optimizer like Cloud System Booster to fully boost your computer performance by throwing out junk files, fixing registry errors, optimizing system services and cleanning application files. You can directly download the Cloud System Booster with convenience here: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
You can either download the free version or upgrade it to paid version for basic system maintenance use and upgraded system optimizing efficiency.
How to Proptect Your Computer from AFP Virus and Similar Ransomware Attacks
1. Timely install system security patches released by Microsoft.
As mentioned above that most ransomware trojans seek their ways onto computer for scams by exploiting system vunlerabilities. Therefore to prevent such kind of infections, you are supposed to timely install pack of system patches released by Microsoft.
2. Enhance your computer security using an antimalware program
Also you are highly advised to avail enough computer protection solutions with antivirus, antimalware programs. Anvi Smart Defender would be a nice choice that coworks with your installed antivirus to enhance your online protection.
3. Be very careful when suring online.
There are various risks of scams online, so you should be very careful when you are visiting webpages. Stay away from those malicious websites, often with exceeding ads or embarrasing contents, and phishing sites. Then how? Here we offer you an ad blocker-Anvi AD Blocker, which is developed to block annoying yet risky pop up ads, flash ads and malicious websites, phishing sites and even your unwanted websites.
A screenshot of Anvi AD Blocker
Please note that Anvi AD Blocker offers you only free trial use for 15 days. You can buy it now (price: $ 9.98 for 1year/PC) or you can use it for free in the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender professional version( price: $24.98 1year/PC) by upgrading the installed Anvi Smart Defender to pro version now.
Regardless of all, you are supposed to turn on security features of the Internet browser when you are browsing online. See detailed instructions to turn on Security Features of IE, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Good luck and be safe online. For any question related to our recommended software or malware removal, feel free to email us below.