Your computer has been locked by Malta Police Force and a fine is asked to pay via Ukash or Paysafecard to unlock the computer? It is a fake alert from the Malta Police Force ransomware infection there for online scams. Read more in this post for a detailed removal guide to get rid of such nasty ransomware infection.
Malta Police Force virus, or MPF virus is malware, categorized as ransomware
that block the victim user from the OS and displays a full-screen disguised as the MPF(Malta Police Force) every time the infected computer is started. The MPF virus page makes fake statements on the fraudulent MPF screen, claiming the computer has been used in illegal online activities, like child pornography, copyright distribution, computer negligence, etc, in order to persuade the infected user to pay a find to unlock the computer using Ukash vouchers or the Paysafecard services.
Below is a screenshot of the MPF ransomware infection
The claims made by the Malta Police Force virus on the fraudulent full screen page (or window) are totally bogus and merely for the scam. The victim computer user is not in any trouble with the MPF Malta Police Force. This is a very common tactic of malware known as ransomware. Also note, paying the fine that claims to remove the restriction will not remove malware from your computer and can further cause more issues or initiate additional installments of undetected malware, viruses, root-kits, Trojans,and worms.
How Does Malta Police Force Virus Infect Computers?
Ransomware in general can be contracted many different ways. The MPF Malta Police Force virus can infect a computer that has visited a website hosting malware, including drive-by download websites, as well as bundle with freeware, shareware, codecs, and torrents.
A third party parasite may have also infected a computer without detection allowing the Malta Police Force virus to infect the computer system through a backdoor.
Symptoms of Malta Police Force Ransomware Infection
The Malta Police Force infects a computer without detection, possibly alongside third party malware, including spyware used to collect sensitive data such as computer activity and stored browser data.
- The Malta Police Force locks up the entire computer system, locking the computer desktop each time the computer is booted.
- The cyber criminals whom distributed the Malta Police Force ransomware attempt to persuade victims into paying a fine by displaying a fake notification page with fraudulent alerts as shown in above picture, taking disguise as MPF Malta Police Force.
Similar ransomware infections: PCeU virus (aka Metropolitan Police Ukash virus), Malex ransomware, Your computer is locked for violating the Law of Great Britain virus, DOJ virus, File Encryption Virus, SGAE virus, An Garda Síochána. Ireland’s National Police Service virus, ISCA 2012 virus, Automated Information Control System virus, ACCDFISA Protection Program ransomware, Celas ransomware, Votre ordinateur est bloque! Gendarmerie Ukash virus, Canadian Police Association Virus, Urausy virus/ransomware, Office Central de Lutte contre la Criminalité Virus, Bundesamt fur Polizei Virus, Canadian Police Cybercrime Investigation Department Virus, GEMA: Your computer has been locked virus, Den Syenska Polisen IT-Sakerhet Ransomware, Bundes Polizei Ukash virus,Australian Federal Police Ukash Virus, etc.
To get rid of Malta Police Force ransomware virus and repair the computer, follow below instructions:
Web cam control
Once infected, there would be a little more than usual that this ransomware virus would even attempt to trick the user into thinking they are under surveillance by webcam, as it always shows a fake screen in “recording” status. Actually this even makes no difference on the infected computer with no web cam at all. Apparently, the truth is ready to jump out at your call.
Most ransomware exploits Java or Flash vulnerabilities to load the malicious code. In some cases denying or disabling flash on your system may suspend the Malta Police Force ransomware viurs and enable the user to navigate through the infected system. If this not a necessity for removal, skip to the removal options below these steps.
To disable (deny) flash
- 2. Select the “Deny” radio option
- 3. Proceed to a removal option (detailed below).
How to Remove Malta Police Force Virus (MPF Ransomware Remvoal Guide)
Note! This tutorial is effective for all GreenDot MoneyPak, Ukash and Paysafecard ransomwares.
There are several ways to get rid of such Ukash ransomware depending on the specific situation of infection. If the computer can still boot into safe mode, please follow the Option 1 removal steps to go. If the computer is completely blocked from anything, including safe mode running, then bet on Option 2 removal steps to go.
Removal Option 1-Safe Mode with Command Prompt Restore
Launch your PC into Safe Mode with Command Prompt
. During the start, keep pressing F8
key till the Advanced Windows Options Menu shows up and then use the arrow key on the keyboard to highlight the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option and then press Enter
. See detailed instructions on how to boot Windows to Safe Mode
Note: make sure you login your computer with administrative privileges. (login as admin)
Once the Command Prompt appears you only have few seconds to type “explorer” and hit Enter. If you fail to do so within 2-3 seconds, the ransomware virus will not allow you to type anymore.
Once Windows Explorer shows up browse to:
Win XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
Win Vista/Seven: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter
Follow all steps to restore or recover your computer system to an earlier time and date (restore point), before infection.
Removal Option 2 Using Anvi Rescue Disk to Remove the Ransomware and Repair the Infected Computer
Chances are your PC is heavily infected by this ransomware
that it is blocked from safe mode running as well. If such is the case, the removal may be a little bit complex and here we use Anvi Rescue Rescue Disk to demonstrate the removal steps and good luck to you. If any question in the process, just let us know.
Below is a video of ransomware removal using Anvi Rescue Disk for reference.
Download the Anvi Rescue Disk iso
image file Rescue.iso
and the USB disk production tool BootUsb.exe
from Anvisoft official site.
Direct download link: http://download.anvisoft.com/software/rescuedisk.zip
Please kindly note that Rescue.iso is a large file download; please be patient while it downloads.
Record Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to USB drive. You can also record the iso image to a CD/DVD. We will introduce the steps to record iso image to a CD/DVD in following guide.
Connect USB to computer. You’d better backup your important data and format your USB drive before use it to record the iso image.
Locate your download folder and double-clicking on BootUsb.exe to start it. And then click “Choose File” button to browser into your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file.
Select the path of USB drive, such as Drive H:
Click “Start Burning” to start the burn of USB Rescue Disk boot drive.
Please close BootUsb.exe tool after you successfully burn the file to USB drive when you get following message.
Now, you have bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.
You can also record Anvi Rescue Disk iso image to a DV/DVD. Any CD/DVD record software is fine for burn iso image. If you don’t have any, you can download and install Nero Burning ROM
. Here we will use Nero Burning ROM for demonstration purpose.
Please open and start Nero Burning ROM and select Burn Image from the drop-down menu of the Recorder.
Locate your download folder and select Rescue.iso file as your source file and then click Open button.
Click Burn button to start record the iso image. After a few minutes, you will have a bootable Anvi Rescue Disk to repair your computer.
Restart your computer and configure your computer to boot from USB drive/DV/DVD that recorded Anvi Rescue Disk. Basically , you can use F8 to load USB boot menu.
For different motherboard, you may need to use the Delete or F2, F11 keys, to load the BIOS menu. Normally, the information how to enter the BIOS menu is displayed on the screen at the start of the OS boot.
The keys F1, F8, F10, F12 might be used for some motherboards, as well as the following key
If you can enter Boot Menu directly then simply select your CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st boot device.
If you can’t enter Boot Menu directly then simply use Delete key to enter BIOS menu. Select Boot from the main BIOS menu and then select Boot Device Priority. After that, set USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM as your 1st Boot Device. Save changes and exist BIOS menu.
After that let’s boot your computer from Anvi Rescue Disk.
Restart your computer. After restart, a message will appear on the screen: press any key to enter the menu. So, press Enter or any other key to load the Anvi Rescue Disk
please selected your preferred language and press Enter to continue.
Now you are in the mini Operating system, please double click Rescue tool to start Anvi Rescue disk.
Please run a full scan by clicking the “Scan Computer” button in the middle of the program to detect and kill the PC lockup virus.
Clicking “Fix Now” to Remove the detected threat by Anvi Rescue Disk.
Switch to Repair tab. Scan and fix the registry error with the “Repair” module of Anvi Rescue
Important Notice: You must repair the registry error after kill the virus. You are probably disabled to boot your Windows without fixing registry damaged by the virus.
Now your computer should be clean and rescued from the virus infection. Please restart your computer into the normal Windows mode. To prevent the computer from infecting by such ransomware or related Trojans, please ensure you get proper protection on your computer and you may just keep the Anvi Smart Defender
for this. Safe and direct download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/asd/
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Good luck and be safe online.