Canadian Police Association Virus
Also Known As: CPA ACP Ransomware, Type: Ransomware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Severe
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
"Canadian Police Association - Your Computer is Locked" Virus - how to remove?
What is Canadian Police Association?
"Canadian Police Association - Your Computer is Locked" is a screen locker infection, which demands that computer users pay a bogus fine (100 Canadian dollars) for supposed law violations. This is a scam developed by cyber criminals who employ deceptive strategies to trick computer users into believing that they have to pay a fine for owning pirated content, watching pornography, etc. In fact, the Canadian Police Association has nothing to do with this message; cyber criminals responsible for creating this ransomware infection exploit the name of an authority in order to make their screen locker appear authentic.
This screen locker originates from a family of ransomware called Epubb, and the deceptive messages used within these infections are translated into various languages. For example, if a computer user from the USA has his/her PC infected with this ransomware, the header is changed to FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), computer users from UK see the message as being sent by Bedfordshire Police, etc. "Canadian Police Association - Your Computer is Locked" ransomware and other similar screen lockers are able to detect the IP addresses of the computers they infiltrate, and using this information, adapt the headers and deceptive message accordingly.
Do not consider paying the fine demanded by "Canadian Police Association - Your Computer is Locked" screen locker - you will lose your money and your PC will remain blocked. To prevent these infections entering your PC, always use legitimate antivirus and antispyware programs. Commonly, ransomware infections such as these are distributed using spam campaigns, Trojans, and malicious websites. If your computer screen is locked by this type of message, use the removal guide provided to unlock your PC.
A fake message displayed in the "Canadian Police Association - Your Computer is Locked" scam:
Canadian Police Association.
Association canadienne des policiers (CPA ACP).
Your computer is locked! All activity of this computer has been recorded. If you use a web cam, videos and pictures were saved for identification.
Your computer has been locked. This could be due to one of the following reasons:
1. Your computer has been used to view banned web sites.
2. Your computer has been used to view web sites containing child pornography.
3. Your computer has been used to illegal information, software.
4. Your computer has been used for storing or viewing pirated content.
What should I do? According to "Information Security and Control Act 2012", you are required to pay a fine of 100 Canadian dollars. For the convenience of paying the fine we provide a payment gateway for Ukash or PaySafeCard vouchers. You need to buy voucher for sum of 100 Canadian dollars and enter the 19 or 16 digit code written on the voucher the secure payment form, then press "OK" button to send the code.
What will happen after I submit the code? Once voucher is verified by our system your computer will be unlocked after 14 hours.
- What is Canadian Police Association?
- STEP 1. "Canadian Police Association" virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. "Canadian Police Association" ransomware removal using System Restore.
"Canadian Police Association - Your Computer is Locked" screen locker removal:
Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Canadian Police Association virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all the entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer starting process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available restore points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the ransomware infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remnants of the Canadian Police Association virus.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode, making its removal more complicated. For this step, you need access to another computer. After removing Canadian Police Association scam from your PC, restart your computer and scan it with legitimate antispyware software to remove any possible remnants of this security infection.
Other tools known to remove Canadian Police Association scam: