In this article we explain basic principles of dealing with Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) ransomware. It is surely not correct to associate this computer virus infection with ACMA, even though this is exactly the way some users think of it when they get this scary warning on their desktops. This ransomware belongs to the Urausy family, which has been especially severe in 2012 and nowadays continues its traditions of scarying users all over the world.
The locker known as ACMA scam pretends to be coming from AFP. Crime Commission (ACC), Royal Australian Corps of Military Police and Interpol, sort of joint efforts to combat crimes over the Internet. In reality, none of these organizations of Australia is associated with this malware.
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) virus targets particularly Australia, even though some other countries might be attacked as well. Without hesitation, obtaining such a scary warning on your screen is quite frustrating, whether you have done something illegal on your computer or not.
Once Australian Communications and Media Authority scam comes into computers users encounter the following warning on their screens:
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
AFP. Crime Commission (ACC)
Royal Australian Corps of Military Police
Your computer has been blocked for safety reasons listed below.
You are accused of viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc). You have violated World Declaration on non-proliferation of child pornography. You are accused of committing the crime envisaged by Article 161 of Commonwealth of Australia criminal law.
Article 161 of Commonwealth of Australia criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 5 to 11 years.
Also, you are suspected of violation of “Copyright and Related rights Law” (downloading of pirated music, video, warez) and of use use and/or dissemination of copyrighted content. Thus, you are suspected of violation of Article 148 of Commonwealth of Australia Criminal Law.
Article 148 of Commonwealth of Australia criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 3 to 7 years or 150 to 550 basic amounts fine.
It was from your computer, that unauthorized access had been stolen to information of State importance and to data closed for public Internet access.
The penalty set must be paid in course of 48 hours as of the breach. On expiration of the term, 48 hours that follow will be used for automatic collection of data on yourself and your misconduct, and criminal case will be opened against you.
Amount of fine is AUD $100. You can pay a fine Ukash vouchers.
As soon as the money arrives to the Treasury account, your computer will be unblocked in course of 24 hours.
Then in 7 day term you should remedy the breaches associated with your computer. Otherwise your computer will be blocked up again and criminal case will be opened against yourself (with no option to pay fine).
If you’ve encountered such a bogus warning supposedly coming from Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) you need to know the fake nature of it. In other words, it is not associated with the police at all. The purpose of this malware is to scare you into wasting your funds. Hackers scare people with a lot of faulty accusations about bogus crimes supposedly committed by them online. Yet, this message is completely the product of cyber frauds who simply want to gain possession over your funds. So, do not waste your time and hurry up immediately to get rid of this virus from your computer.
Ransomware unlocking procedure
Note! This tutorial is effective for all GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash and Paysafecard ransomwares.
- Restart your computer and press F8 while it is restarting.
- Choose safe mode with networking.
- Press Start menu and select Run, or press [Win]+R on keyboard.
- Type msconfig
- Disable startup items rundll32 turning on any application from Application Data.
- Restart your system once again.
- Scan your system with GridinSoft Trojan Killer to identify file and delete it.
Some versions of these viruses disable all safe modes, but give a short gap that you can use to run anti-malware programs. Then do following:
- Reboot normally.
- Click Start and choose Run.
- Enter the text specified in the quotation below. If malware is loaded, just press Alt+Tab once and keep entering the string blindly then press Enter.
- Press Alt+tab and then R (letter) a couple of times. The process of ransomware virus should be killed after you succeed to download, install our recommended software and scan your PC with it.