What is the New Zealand Police virus?
The New Zealand Police virus, otherwise referred to as the Ministry of Public Safety New Zealand virus, New Zealand E-crime Lab virus, Centre For Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) virus, and others is dangerous malware categorized as ransomware that restricts access to the infected computer system by displaying a full screen page that claims to contain a message from the New Zealand E-Crime Lab, New Zealand Police, Centre for Infrastructure Protection (CCIP), and Interpol. The fraudulent message that essentially claims to be sent from the New Zealand Police virus states that the computer was used illegally, therefore the computer owner must pay a penalty fine of $100 NZD or more by use of Ukash Vouchers and other credit services. The fake notification claims that the computer was involved in the viewing/storage or dissemination of banned pornography, suspected of violating Copyright and Related rights Law, and/or other allegations, including computer negligence.
The notifications and claims made by the New Zealand Police virus should be ignored. You are not in trouble with the New Zealand Police or any government department. This form of e-crime ransomware is a dangerous computer virus that is in no way associated with the government of New Zealand. Paying the fraudulent penalty fine will not remove this infection from your computer. The content on the fake New Zealand Police lock-screen have been detailed below:
New Zealand E-Crime Lab New Zealand Police Centre for Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) 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 New Zealand criminal law. Article 161 of New Zealand 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 New Zealand Criminal Law. Article 148 of New Zealand 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 NZD $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).
The New Zealand Police virus and other forms of ransomware are very dangerous cryptoviruses with relations to crimes involving credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. Even though (most of the time) the primary objective of New Zealand Police malware is to “scare” victims into paying an unnecessary fine in order to extort money, malicious files and trojan horses can remained undetected in the background and are used alongside the initial infection or as a secondary objective to gather and view sensitive information and user activity.
How to remove the New Zealand Police virus
- Removal software (Automatic removal) – Detect and remove ransomware
- System Restore – Restore PC to date and time before ransomware infection
1. New Zealand Police virus removal software
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
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Release date: 2013
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 New Zealand Police 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 New Zealand Police 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 New Zealand Police ransomware. To learn more please select a link below.
New Zealand Police virus removal tips:
If removing the New Zealand Police 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 New Zealand Police 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.