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Malta Police Association Virus

Also Known As: Malta Police Ransomware
Damage level: Severe

What is Malta Police Association?

The Malta Police Association message blocks the computer screen, demanding payment of a 100 Euro fine for alleged illegal use or distribution of copyrighted material, viewing prohibited pornographic content, or possession of a malware-infected PC. This is a scam.

In fact, the Malta Police Association has no connection with this message - it is a ransomware infection created by cyber criminals. The message originates from a family called Urasy and is known to target various countries. This particular screen locker targets PC users from Malta.

When this ransomware infects users' systems, it blocks the desktop and orders payment of a fine to unblock it. Note that paying this fine using PaySafeCard or Ukash is equivalent to sending your money directly to cyber criminals.

Malta Police Association Polizija ta' Malta Ukash virus

The name and graphics of the Malta Police Association (Polizija ta' Malta) are exploited by cyber criminals in order to make their deceptive message appear authentic. Furthermore, this ransomware infection is capable of detecting any existing antivirus program installed on users' PCs.

The scam displays the logo of the installed antivirus software - copied from the 'Supported and Protected by...' section. All information displayed by this message is a false - the creators of this ransomware infection attempt to scare computer users into paying a bogus fine.

Note that cyber criminals responsible for developing ransomware infections target many different countries. For example, PC users from the UK, see this message as if sent by the United Kingdom Police, and computer users from the USA, as if sent by the FBI Cybercrime Division.

Ransomware infections are able to determine the IP addresses of computers they are about to infiltrate, and thus capable of displaying a localized deceptive message that is enhanced by the names and graphics of local authorities.

Ransomware from the Urausy family is often distributed using drive-by downloads and Trojans, and there is a delay (of approximately 5 minutes) between infection and display of the deceptive message. The demand for payment of a fine to unblock the computer is a scam. Do not trust it and use the removal guide provided to eliminate this virus from your PC.

A fake message displayed by the Malta Police Association virus:

ATTENTION! Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below. You have been violating "Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 128 of the Criminal Code of Republic of Malta.
Article 128 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 200 to 500 minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophilia and etc). Thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of Republic of Malta. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 12 years. Illegal access to computer data has been initiated from your PC, or you have been... Article 208 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to €100,000 and/or a deprivation of liberty for 4 to 9 years.
Illegal access has been initiated from your PC without your knowledge or consent, your PC may be infected by malware, thus you are violating the law On Neglectful Use of Personal Computer.
Article 210 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of €2,000 to €8,000.
Spam distribution or other unlawful advertising has been effected from your PC as a profit-seeking activity or without your knowledge, your PC may be infected by malware.
Article 212 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of up to €250,000 and a deprivation of liberty of up to 6 years. In case this activity has been effected without your knowledge, you fall under the above mentioned article 210 of the Criminal Code of Republic of Malta.
Your personality and address are currently being identified, a criminal case is going to be initiated against you under one or more articles specified above within the next 72 hours.
Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of Republic of Malta of February 25, 2013, this law infringement (if it is not repeated - first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine to the State.
Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated against you automatically within the next 72 hours!
The amount of fine is €100. You can pay a fine PaySafeCard or Ukash. When you pay the fine, your PC will get unlocked in Ito 72 hours after the money is put into the State's account.
Since your PC is unlocked, you will be given 7 days to correct all violations.
In case all violations are not corrected after 7 working days, your PC will be blocked again, and a criminal case will be initiated against you automatically under one or more articles specified above.

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Quick menu:

Malta Police Association virus removal:

Step 1

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.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with Malta 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 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.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt Mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window click "Next".

restore system files and settings

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).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window click "Yes".

run system restore

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 Malta Police Association scam.

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 require access to another computer.

After removing the Malta Police Association virus 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 the Malta Police Association virus:

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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