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Rampant Virus Locks Computer, Demands $200 Fine for Viewing Child Pornography

The FBI Moneypak Virus tries to scare computer users by saying they've violated federal law by viewing child pornography - locks up computer and demands $200 fine.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation cautions residents not to fall for an email- based scam that locks your computer and claims you owe the FBI $200.00.

The FBI moneypak virus is known to be the most popular cyber scam these days. This virus can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. Once infected, the victim’s computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law. The message further declares the user’s IP address has been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as visiting websites that feature child pornography and other illegal content. The reason why it’s so terrifying is that it comes with the name FBI and looks very officials.

The message goes on to say in order to unlock their computers, users are required to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.  If demands were not met, criminal charges would be filed and your computer would remain locked on that screen. 

With your computer locked you will not be able to access your desktop to run a scan of antivirus software. The average user will not be able to easily remove the virus. The FBI warns not to pay any money or purchase any prepaid money cards.  Professional assistance should be sought from a reputable computer repair service or virus protection software to rid the computer of the virsus.

For futher information, visit the FBI Internet Scams Website.

Sharon Swanepoel October 18, 2012 at 01:11 PM
This one I saw on 11Alive news last night, a day after it had locked up my husband's computer. We figured it was a virus and I managed to unlock it by running a Norton Scan in safe mode. However, he probably needs to have it looked at by an expert to make sure it doesn't still have something embedded in it.
Computech Solutions December 07, 2012 at 09:22 PM
This is known as ransomeware. The FBI Virus, although not too difficult to remove can be dangerous as many people end up paying the fee as they believe it is legit until it is too late. The best form of action is to call someone to perform computer repair service for virus removal. Generally I would say you should be able to remove these fairly easily; however, there has been a string lately of the FBI that actually packages along rootkits and if not familiar with how to remove them you can actually cause more damage. 203-307-0452 http://computech-ct.com/
Sharon Swanepoel December 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Thank you for this information. I removed it from my husband's computer but would still not suggest he purchase anything or keep his bank account on his computer!
thcooper69 January 20, 2013 at 03:24 PM
this jus happened to my brothers computer to stop this u need to have installed a second user file on start up this will allow u to come in tha back door to fix this computer as another user . also down load a frree ad-aware basic this will stop spyware and dis others trying to get in . if u get this virus ad aware will corral it .its part a trojan . best bet is nev look at porn and dont allow others to use ur comp for porn . they stated they got it from ch 2 news website .

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