AFP ICSPA Ransomware

By JubileeX in Ransomware

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 6
First Seen: February 22, 2013
Last Seen: March 22, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The first Police Ransomware variants started to appear several years ago in Eastern Europe. These kinds of scams demanded payment through SMS and were often easily bypassed. Unfortunately, since then these infections have evolved into dangerous Winlockers that completely lock a computer user out of the infected computer, use the victim's web cam to take a picture, display different messages according to the infected computer's geographical location and demand payment through Ukash, PaySafeCard or other money transfer services. They have also spread steadily throughout the world. The AFP ICSPA Ransomware infection is a variant of the Police Ransomware that targets computer systems in Australia. Up until 2012, Police Ransomware attacks outside of Europe were quite rare. However, new malware families have started targeting computer systems throughout America and as far south as South Africa, Argentina and Australia (as is the case of the AFP ICSPA Ransomware Trojan).

Criminals have used Police Ransomware infections like the AFP ICSPA Ransomware to generate millions of dollars of profits in recent years. This is done by preying on inexperienced computer users who are more liable to believe the malicious lies contained in the AFP ICSPA Ransomware message. This Police Ransomware Trojan displays a threatening message that claims to be sent by the Australian Federal Police, threatening the victim with jail time due to the use of the infected computer in various illegal activities. However, the AFP ICSPA Ransomware message is actually a simple scam used to convince victims that they need to pay a fine in order to avoid these penalties. The main issue with infections such as the AFP ICSPA Ransomware Trojan is that they prevent the victim from accessing the infected computer, effectively locking down Windows. Because of this, malware attacks like the AFP ICSPA Ransomware Trojan are commonly known as Winlockers.

To remove an AFP ICSPA Ransomware infection, the first step is to bypass this dangerous Winlocker and gain access to your security software or to the Windows Registry Editor. This can be done by using Safe Mode or an external device (such as a thumb drive) to boot Windows. Once you regain access to your security software, the AFP ICSPA Ransomware infection is easily removed, often only requiring the aid of an anti-malware program fully updated. To prevent further AFP ICSPA Ransomware infections, ESG security researchers strongly advise computer users to take care when downloading online content, clicking on unknown links or visiting possibly unsafe websites.


AFP ICSPA Ransomware may call the following URLs:

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