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10/2/2012 4:43:00 PM
FBI Virus hits hard

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

A few weeks ago I wrote about a new virus trickling in called the FBI Virus. Last week that trickle became a tidal wave.
The FBI Moneypak Ransomware virus is no ordinary virus. It is truly a work of criminal art.
When computers are infected with this virus it will lock them completely and greet the user with a screen claiming the computer has been locked by the FBI because the user had been using it for illegal acts such as downloading child porn. It then demands the user pay a 'fine' before they can use the computer again. This type of infection is called ransomware.
There are many ways your computer could get infected with FBI Moneypak Ransomware. FBI Moneypak Ransomware can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software. We've seen this happen with some YouTube down loader software and free music downloads.
Another method of distributing FBI Moneypak Ransomware involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing FBI Moneypak Ransomware on your system. FBI Moneypak Ransomware installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent
The FBI Virus is difficult to get rid of. Users often think they have removed it only to find out their computers are still infected. We've seen rootkits and bootkits on computers infected with this virus. These are particularly difficult to remove.
If you see this virus on your computer, I suggest you bring it in for a complete and thorough cleaning.

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