Australian Communications and Media Authority
The Australian Communications and Media Authority virus, otherwise referred to as the Australian Communications computer virus or ACMA virus, is dangerous malware categorized as ransomware that restricts access to an infected computer system and demands, or scares victims into paying a fine of $100 AUD or more by use of Ukash Vouchers in order to remove the restriction. The Australian Communications and Media Authority virus, alike the Australian Federal Police virus, restricts (blocks) access to an infected computer system by displaying a full screen lock-page that fraudulently claims to be a message sent from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), AFP, Crime Commission (ACC), Royal Australian Corps of Military Police, and Interpol. The fraudulent message details that the computer was involved in crimes involving the distribution and viewing of banned and prohibited pornography, the violation of Copyright and Related rights Law, and more. The lock-screen content goes on to detail that if the penalty fine is not paid in an allotted amount of time, that the computer owner will be prosecuted and may see jail time.
This computer virus is in no way associated with the government of Australia. If your computer is infected with “Australian Communications” malware you are not in trouble with the law. Paying the fine will not remove this computer virus and is not recommended. To remove the Australian Communications and Media Authority virus and other forms of ransomware, please use the removal instructions further below.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority virus engages in social engineering by making fraudulent claims about computer users in order to frighten victims into paying the unnecessary penalty fine. The allegations made should be ignored. The details on the Australian Communications and Media Authority ransomware lock-screen are detailed below.
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) AFP. Crime Commission (ACC) Royal Australian Corps of Military Police Interpol Attention! 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).
Even if the penalty fine is paid, even if the lock-screen has suspended, undetected malware is likely still present on the computer system. Ransomware infections utilize exploit kits and Trojan horses in order to gain initial access to a computer system. These malicious files as well alongside additional files may be used in the background in order to collect sensitive information used in crimes relating to credit theft, extortion, and identity theft, as well as cause other issues for computer users (computer functionality, etc.).
How does Australian Communications malware infect a computer?
This computer virus is initiated by malicious payloads and Urausy Trojan horses hidden in online content. The Australian Communications and Media Authority virus and similar forms of ransomware are often present on compromised websites (hacked websites, etc.), drive-by-download websites, malicious advertisements, spam email, torrent downloads, and compromised social media content.
How to remove the ACMA virus (ransomware)
- Removal software (Automatic removal) – Detect and remove ACMA ransomware
- System Restore – Restore PC to date and time before ransomware infection
1. ACMA virus removal software
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, open the Anti-Malware program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan (pictured below).
4. Malwarebytes will automatically detect the Australian Communications and Media Authority virus and third-party malware on your computer. Once the scan is complete, Malwarebytes will prompt a message stating malicious objects were detected. Select (check) the malicious objects in the list and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove Australian Communications and Media Authority malware from your computer (The image below shows a file that is NOT selected for removal – ‘Make sure the box is checked in’).
2. System Restore
A System Restore is an easy solution to restore an infected computer to a date and time before it became infected with Australian Communications and Media Authority ransomware. To learn more please select a link below.
ACMA virus removal tips:
If removing the Australian Communications and Media Authority virus and other forms of ransomware is difficult, there are several steps you can use to troubleshoot the removal process:
Ransomware often infects 1 user account on Windows systems at a time. Here are some tips to remove ACMA ransomware using different user accounts.
- Log into an account not affected by malware (with administrative rights) and perform a scan with reputable software to detect and remove malware.
- You can also delete the infected account.
- Other options include creating a new user account to remove malware if only 1 Window’s user account is present on the computer system.
Some variants of ransomware use flash and symptoms of the infection can be halted by denying flash via Macromedia’s real-time options. To learn more and deny flash please visit: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html
Troubleshoot internet/network issues
Safe Mode With Networking can be used to access the Internet for updates, drivers, removal software, or other files if internet and network connectivity is compromised.