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
New Zealand E-crime Lab (Centre Foe critical Infrastructure Protection) message "ATTENTION! Your computer has been blocked for safety reasons listed below" which blocks computer's screen and demands to pay a fine of NZD $100 using Ukash for supposedly made law infringements (viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography; downloading of pirated music, video, warez etc.) is a scam. This message is not related to legitimate authorities from New Zealand - it's a ransomware virus created by Cyber criminals with an intention of tricking unsuspecting PC users into paying a non existent fine. Computer users from New Zealand should know that none of authorities around the world are using such computer's screen blocking messages to collect fines for any law violations - such fake messages are used by Cyber criminals to scare PC users into paying fake fines. Notice that paying such fine would equal to sending one's money to Cyber criminals who are responsible for developing this scam.
New Zealand E-crime Lab ransomware virus originates from a family of ransomware called Urausy and is targeted specifically at PC users from New Zealand. Cyber criminals who are responsible for creating this rogue ransomware family have localized their deceptive messages so that PC users from different countries would be presented with fake messages which would appear as if they were send by local authorities. For example if PC users from USA would get their computers infected with this scam, the deceptive message would be changed to seem like the message was send by FBI Department of Defense and computer users from Canada would see this message as if it was send by Ministry of Public Safety Canada. If your computer's screen is blocked with a message from New Zealand E-crime Lab asking to pay a fine of NZD $100 you can be sure that your PC is infected with a ransomware virus - don't pay this fine, it's a scam.
New Zealand E-crime Lab ransomware virus infects user's computers using exploit kits which rely on out-dated software to infiltrate one's operating system. Most common source of exploit kits which are responsible for spreading ransomware viruses from Urausy family are infected email messages, malicious websites and drive-by downloads. The best way of protecting one's computer from such rogue screen blocking messages is keeping all of the installed software up-to-date, moreover one should always use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs when surfing the Internet. New Zealand E-crime Lab "your computer has been blocked for safety reasons" message is a total scam - don't pay the fake fine when asked by this message and use the provided removal guide to eliminate this ransomware virus from your PC.
Fake message presented in 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: During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up, then select Safe mode with networking from the list and press ENTER.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Go to 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 "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 Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account that is 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 the entries that it detects.
If you can't start your computer in safe mode with networking, try doing a system restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt - During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up, 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 point and click "Next" (this will restore your computer's system to an earlier time and date, before the New Zealand E-crime Lab virus infiltrated your PC).
6. In the opened window click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date download and scan your PC with a recommended malware removal software to eliminate any left remnants of New Zealand E-crime Lab virus.
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