Australian Federal Police Virus is a malicious program that attacks random computer systems and completely locks them. It asks their users to pay 100 Australian dollars fine stating that you have broken a law by illegally distributing copyrighted content. It is a clone of before mentioned West Yorkshire Police virus, Metropolitan Police virus and others, which all work the same manner.
All these programs are designed by cyber criminals who know how to convince less experienced computer users that they have actually done something wrong and now they have to deal with the consequences. Australian Federal Police Virus displays a message that looks very legitimate and the name of police makes it look even more reliable. It asks you to pay a fine through Paysafecard or some other payment system in order to unlock your computer. Unfortunately, once you pay, you just lose your money but your system remains blocked. Here’s a part of the message by Australian Federal Police virus:
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 infinging 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 should always think before making any payment. Police would never use such means to collect fines from the ones who are breaking law. They would definitely contact you in person and you would receive an official statement about your fine and not just a message on your computer screen. Remove Australian Federal Police Virus instead of trusting this fake alert.
As Australian Federal Police Virus locks your system you will have to perform some steps to remove this badware instead of just running a scan with your antispyware program. Follow these instructions:
- Restart your computer;
- Press F8 while it is restarting;
- Choose safe mode with networking;
- Launch MSConfig;
- Disable startup items rundll32 turning on any application from Application Data;
- Restart the system
- Scan your system with https://www.2-viruses.com/downloads/spyhunter-i.exe to delete the file.
If safe modes are disabled you can still try running your antimalware during a short gap that is given. After that:
- Reboot your computer once again.
- Enter : http://2-viruses.com/downloads/spyhunter-i.exe . If malware is loaded, just press alt+tab once and keep entering the string blindly. Press Enter.
- Press Alt+tab and then R for a few times. The process of the virus should be killed.
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