Australian Communications and Media Authority virus (also known as ACMA virus or Internet Police Department virus) is a serious threat that has started to spread recently but has already infected hundreds of PC users. It belongs to a huge group of Ukash viruses and seeks to swindle the money from Australian PC users. Just like other versions of threats that belong to Ukash, this virus starts its activity by blocking down the system and then shows a huge alert that reports about different law violations. For unblocking the machine and avoiding more serious consequences, such as getting into jail, this ransomware asks to pay the fine of 100 AUD. Please, never follow this offer because it will force you to give your money for scammers! Australian Communications and Media Authority organization has never been using such methods for collecting fines from people. If you want to unlock your machine, remove Australian Communications and Media Authority virus by following a guide given below.
HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH Australian Communications and Media Authority virus?
Australian Communications and Media Authority virus is spread by typical methods: scammers can infect your machine with this ransomware via spam, freeware/shareware, infected or malicious websites and similar ways. Once inside, ACMA virus blocks down the whole system and then replaces PC’s desktop with the huge alert that reports about serious crimes that have been detected. Please, do not believe this notification! Australian Communications and Media Authority virus is a huge scam that is used by cyber criminals to make them money. Instead of falling for their trap, you should unblock your PC and remove Australian Communications and Media Authority virus from the system.
HOW TO REMOVE Australian Communications and Media Authority virus?
If you are one of those unlucky people who got infected with Australian Communications and Media Authority virus, you should firstly unlock the system and then use Reimage or other reputable anti-malware to remove Australian Communications and Media Authority virus for good. In order to unlock your PC follow one of these options:
* Try to use the system restore to restore to an earlier date and launch anti-malware program to remove infected files from the system.
Flash drive method:
1. Take another machine and use it to download Reimage or other reputable anti-malware program.
2. Update the program and put into the USB drive or simple CD.
3. In the meanwhile, reboot your infected machine to Safe Mode with command prompt and stick USB drive in it.
4. Reboot computer infected with Australian Communications and Media Authority virus once more and run a full system scan.
* Users infected with these ransomware threats are allowed to access other accounts on their Windows systems. If one of such accounts has administrator rights, you should be capable to launch anti-malware program.
* Try to deny the Flash to make your ransomware stop function as intended. In order to disable the Flash, go to Macromedia support and select 'Deny': http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/help09.html. After doing that, run a full system scan with anti-malware program.
* Manual Australian Communications and Media Authority virus removal:
- Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable Australian Communications and Media Authority virus (this should be working with all versions of this threat)
- Run Regedit
- Search for WinLogon Entries and write down all the files that are not explorer.exe or blank. Replace them with explorer.exe.
- Search the registry for these files you have written down and delete the registry keys referencing the files.
- Reboot and run a full system scan with updated Reimage to remove remaining files.