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Malta Police Force virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Ransomware

Malta Police Force virus (also called as MPF virus) is something you must stay away from. Though it looks like legitimate notification from your local police office, it reality it belongs for cyber criminals that have already created tens of similar ransomware viruses. Most of security bloggers call them 'Ukash' viruses or 'Police' viruses. Once they get inside the system, they lock computers down and display officially-looking alerts that report about law violations and ask to pay the fine. Just like its predecessors, Malta Police Force virus also uses this technique while trying to get a 'fine' from unaware computer users. Please, ignore this misleading alert and never pay the fine, which is asked on it. As long as this virus uses English language, it is expected to attack not only Malta, so be aware about that. If you see this threat on your computer, you have to do the only thing – remove Malta Police Force virus from your computer.

HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH Malta Police Force virus?

MPF virus is distributed with a help of trojan viruses that enter computers together with fake software updates, media codecs, spam letters and similar things. As soon as they get inside, they download those files that are important for Malta Police Force virus and also block victim's computer in order to prevent their removal. As a result, victim sees a forged notification from Police, which reports about illegal activities, such as downloading malicious audio or video files and distributing them to other computer users, or visiting infected websites. It claims: 'You computer has been locked!'. Additionally, MPF virus asks to pay the ransom via Ukash or Paysafecard prepayment systems and promises that this will return the access to the PC. However, these scams have never been acting as they promised. Please, remove MPF virus from your computer in order to unblock it.

HOW CAN I REMOVE Malta Police Force virus?

If you can't get on the Internet and download anti-malware program, you should follow these methods and unblock your computer:

* Set the date to the previous time when you haven't this threat on your computer.

* Flash drive method:

1. Take another machine and use it to download Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, 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 this ransomware once more and run a full system scan.

* Users infected with any of Malta Police Force virus 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': After doing that, run a full system scan with anti-malware program.

* Manual Malta Police Force virus removal (special skills needed!):

  1. Reboot you infected PC to 'Safe mode with command prompt' to disable your virus (this should be working with all versions of this threat)
  2. Run Regedit
  3. Search for WinLogon Entries and write down all the files that are not explorer.exe or blank. Replace them with explorer.exe.
  4. Search the registry for these files you have written down and delete the registry keys referencing the files.
  5. Reboot and run a full system scan with updated Reimage to remove remaining files.
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