What is New Zealand Police Virus?
New Zealand Police Virus is a computer infection that does not allow you to access your desktop by displaying a screen-sized notification supposedly sent by the New Zealand Police (Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa). The notification displays your IP address, your location in New Zealand, your operating system and your user name. This way it seems as though New Zealand Police Virus is really a legitimate notification displayed because you have violated several national laws related to copyright, pornography distribution and so on. It also has a logo of International Cyber Security Protection Alliance which should make the entire message look more reliable, but New Zealand Police Virus is a hoax that has to be removed from your computer right now.
Where does New Zealand Police Virus come from?
New Zealand Police Virus comes from a huge family of ransomware infections. It belongs to a Ukash Virus group that also spawned such notorious infections as FBI MoneyPak Virus. The recent wave of localized computer threats also includes Policia Nacional del Ecuador, Policia Boliviana Virus, Cheshire Police Authority Virus and others. Just like all the other infections from the same group, New Zealand Police Virus expects you to pay a 100 NZD fine via Ukash within 72 hours since the infection. The use of alternative payment systems (such as Ukash) to collect payments is what gave this group of computer infections its name. It is important that you totally ignore the message on your screen, because none of the accusations listed are real:
New Zealand Police
Ng? Pirihimana O Aotearoa
ATTENTION! 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 New Zealand.
Article 128 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 200 to 500 minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years. You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophilia and etc). Thus violating Article 202 of the Criminal Code of New Zealand. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 12 years. Illegal access to computer data has been initiated from your PC, or you have been…
Article 208 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to NOD S100,000 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 NOD 52,000 to NOD $8,000.
Spam distribution or other unlawful advertising has been effected from your PC as a profit-seeking activity or without your knowledge, your PC may be infected by malware.
Article 212 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to NZD S250,000 and a deprivation of liberty of up to 6 years. In case this activity has been effected without your knowledge, you fall under the above-mentioned article 210 of the Criminal Code of New Zealand.
Your personality and address are currently being identified, a criminal case is going to be initiated against you under one or more articles specified above within the next 72 hours.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of New Zealand of February 04, 2013, this law infringement (if it is not repeated – first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine to the State.
Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next 72 hours!
The amount of fine is NZD $100. You can pay a fine Ukash.
When you pay the fine, your PC will get unlocked in Ito 72 hours after the money is put into the State’s account. Since your PC is unlocked, you will be given 7 days to correct all violations.
In case all violations are not corrected after 7 working days, your PC will be blocked again, and a criminal case will be initiated against you automatically under one or more articles specified above.
Awkward grammar of the message should be enough to convince you that there is nothing real about New Zealand Police Virus.
How to remove New Zealand Police Virus?
In order to remove New Zealand Police Virus, you need to restore your desktop access and then acquire a legitimate antimalware program that would delete all the malware within your PC for you automatically. Follow the instructions below to unblock your desktop.
How to unlock my PC from New Zealand Police Virus:
For Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Reboot the PC and tap F8 repeatedly.
- Select Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter.
- Go to http://www.anti-spyware-101.com/download-sph and download SpyHunter.
- Follow the installation wizard to install the program and proceed with a full system scan.
For Windows XP
- Restart your PC and press F8 continuously.
- Use arrow keys to navigate and select Safe Mode with Networking. Hit Enter.
- Click Yes on a confirmation box.
- Open Start Menu and click Run.
- Enter “msconfig” and hit Enter.
- Select Startup tab on System Configuration Utility.
- Click Disable all and click OK to save changes.
- Reboot the PC in Normal Mode.
- Install SpyHunter and run a full system scan.
Should you have any questions regarding the removal of New Zealand Police Virus, leave a comment below.