New Zealand E-crime Lab Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Severe
New Zealand E-crime Lab virus "Your computer has been blocked up for safety reasons" removal guide
The following message is a scam: New Zealand E-crime Lab (Centre Foe critical Infrastructure Protection), "ATTENTION! Your computer has been blocked for safety reasons listed below". The message blocks the computer screen and demands payment of a NZD $100 fine using Ukash for alleged law infringements (such as viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography, downloading of pirated music, video, warez, etc.). The message is not related to legitimate authorities from New Zealand, it is a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals with the intention of tricking unsuspecting PC users into paying a bogus fine. Computer users from New Zealand should be aware that no authorities, internationally, use screen-blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations. Fake messages such as these are used by cyber criminals to scare PC users into paying bogus fines. Paying such a fine is equivalent to sending your money to the cyber criminals responsible for developing this scam.
The New Zealand E-crime Lab ransomware virus originates from a family of ransomware called Urausy and specifically targets PC users from New Zealand. Cyber criminals responsible for creating this rogue ransomware family localize their deceptive messages so that PC users from different countries are presented with fake messages that appear as sent by local authorities. For example, PC users from the USA with infected systems, observe an adapted variant of the message as if sent by the FBI Department of Defense, and computer users from Canada, as if sent by the Ministry of Public Safety Canada. If your computer screen is blocked with a message from the New Zealand E-crime Lab ordering payment a NZD $100 fine, your PC is infected with a ransomware virus. Do not pay this fine, it is a scam.
The New Zealand E-crime Lab ransomware virus infects users' computers using 'exploit kits', which rely on out-dated software in order to infiltrate the operating system. Common sources of exploit kits responsible for proliferating ransomware viruses from the Urausy family are infected email messages, malicious websites, and drive-by downloads. The best way to protect your computer from rogue screen-blocking messages is by keeping all installed software up-to-date and using legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs when surfing the Internet. The New Zealand E-crime Lab "your computer has been blocked for safety reasons" message is a scam - do not pay the fake fine when ordered by this message and use the removal guide provided to eliminate this ransomware virus from your PC.
A fake message presented by the New Zealand E-crime Lab virus:
New Zealand E-crime Lab.
New Zealand POLICE.
Centre Foe critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP).
Your computer has been blocked for safety reasons listed below.
You are accused of viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc). You have violated World Declaration on non-proliferation of child pornography. You are accused of committing the crime envisaged by Article 161 of Commonwealth of New Zealand criminal law.
Article 161 of the Kingdom of New Zealand criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 5 to 11 years.
Also, you are suspected of violation of "Copyright and Related rights Law" (downloading of pirated music, video, warez) and of use use and/or dissemination of copyrighted content. Thus, you are suspected of violation of Article 148 of Commonwealth of New Zealand criminal law.
Article 148 of Commonwealth of New Zealand criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 3 to 7 years or 150 to 550 basic amounts fine.
It was from your computer, that unauthorised access has been stolen to information of State importance and to data close for public Internet access.
Unauthorised access could have been arranged by yourself purposely on mercenary motives, or without your knowledge and consent, provided your computer could have been affected by malware. Consequently, you are suspected - until the investigation is held - of innocent infringement of Article 215 of Commonwealth of New Zealand criminal law ("Law on negligent reckless disregard of computers and computer aids").
Article 215 of Commonwealth of New Zealand criminal law provides for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for terms from 5 to 8 years and/or up to NZD $100,000 fine.
Further after information of your personal computer was examined, it was found that your personal computer has been regularly used for bulk-spamming either arranged by yourself purposely on mercenary motives, or with ought your knowledge and consent, provided your computer could have been affected my malware. Bulk-spamming is a way to disseminate malware of banned pornography. Consequently you are suspected - until the investigation is held - of innocent infringement of Article 301 of Commonwealth of New Zealand criminal law ("On bulk-spamming and malware (virus) dissemination").
Article 301 of Commonwealth of New Zealand criminal law provide for the punishment of deprivation of liberty for term from 5 years, and up to NZD $250,000 fine.
Please, mind that both your personal identities and location are well identified, and criminal case can be opened against you in course of 96 hours as for commission of crimes per above Articles. Criminal case can be submitted to court.
However, pursuant to Amendments to Commonwealth of New Zealand criminal law dated july 10, 2013, and according to Declaration on Human Rights, your disregard of law may be interpreted as unintended (if you had no incidents before) and no arraignment will follow. However, it is a matter of whether you have paid the fine of the Treasury (to the effect of initiatives aimed at protection of cyberspace).
The penalty set must be paid in course of 48 hours as the breach. On expiration of the term, 48 hours that follow will be used for automatic collection of data on yourself and your misconduct, and criminal case will be opened against you.
Amount of fine is NZD $100. You can settle the fine with Ukash vouchers.
As soon as the money arrives to the Treasury account, your computer will be unblocked in course of 24 hours.
Then in 7 day term you should remedy the breaches associated with your computer. Otherwise your computer will be blocked up again and criminal case will be opened against yourself (with no option to pay fine).
Please mind that you should enter only verified pass of vouchers and abstain from caching out of vouchers once used for the fine payment. If erroneous pass were entered, or if attempt was made to cancel vouchers after transaction then, apart from above breaches, you will be charged with fraud (Article 377 of Commonwealth of New Zealand criminal law, 1 to 3 years of imprisonment) and criminal case will be opened.
New Zealand E-crime Lab virus removal:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: 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":
Windows 8 users: Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click on Advanced Startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window select Advanced Startup. Click on the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into "Advanced Startup options menu". Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with New Zealand E-crime Lab 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 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 New Zealand E-crime Lab virus 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 New Zealand E-crime Lab virus.
Other tools known to remove the New Zealand E-crime Lab virus: