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Originally posted by Kevinquisitor
I didn't see a thread about this in search so I wanted to share with you all an experience I recently had that initially left me baffled & a little nervous. I received a notification that my computer had been locked due to violating copyright laws, illegally viewing or distributing copyright material, and pornography. It looked authentic with the FBI logo on it, my I.P. address, and location, and various statutes that I supposedly infringed upon.
There was a message indicating that I had within 72 hours to pay a fine up to $200 or be subject to deprivation of liberty from 4-12 years, and additional criminal charges being filed against me.
The notice urges you to purchase a MoneyPak card from a retailer, and load it with the requested amount to send, and if you have a problem to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I was able to log onto another acct and did a search to confirm my suspicions of what I discovered to be "ransomware" and was able to remove the program from my PC.
Here is a tutorial from McAfee (Do not use their anti-virus software, it's sub-par) which has some good directions for removal.
Just wanted to share this with the community so that you do not fall victim to this out of fear of reprisal.
Stay vigilant.edit on 2-2-2013 by Kevinquisitor because: (no reason given)
It will restore Windows to the previous date and you will lose the problem.
I actually have had to do this 3 times in the last 2 weeks and it has worked great.
And no.....You don't have to be looking at porn to get this ransomware
There is NO reason to wipe the hard drive and re-install windows