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FBI virus-demands 50-$100

by jasta13 / June 25, 2012 5:28 AM PDT

How can this thing be stopped, Before it get into your pc? I am using Malwarebytes-Pro, MSN Security Elements, and still got hit twice, encrypting my text and jpg files.

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It comes from Fly-by web site visits
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 25, 2012 5:47 AM PDT
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And as described by AVG..
by Carol~ Moderator / June 25, 2012 6:51 AM PDT

"New Blackhole ransomware graphic mimics the FBI"

'...The malware, which claims to be a legal action by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), locks up the machine's Windows operating system and demands payment of a "fine" to unlock it.'

And yet another from the Internet Crime Complaint Center ((IC3) which states ...

'..the ransomware lures the victim to a drive-by download website, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user's computer. Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user they have violated United States Federal Law.'

You're no stranger to it, so there's no need for further descriptions.

The installation of ransomware requires a "user action". You may not want to hear it, but Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Pro and Microsoft Security Essentials can't protect you against the actions you take. Or the choices you make. As Mark pointed out, do you take caution when visiting sites? Or clicking on links?

You asked how it can be stopped. I tend to doubt they will be. These sort of scams have been going on for years, in some form or another. Filing a complaint can only make a dent, but shining a light on it, might be a place to start.


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You can get "hit" by ransomware ...
by Edward ODaniel / June 26, 2012 8:45 AM PDT

if you aren't careful which sites you visit and which links you click on as well as how careful you are when reading email. To be painfully blunt, ransomware is installed on your computer by carelessness of the computer user (which might be someone you have allowed to use your computer).

After getting it this link might be helpful -

Also, Microsoft does offer a free online scanner that does a good job with removing it.

1. Open the Windows Start menu, select "Internet Explorer."
2. Browse to "http://safety.live.com" - Windows Live OneCare SafetyScanner.
3. Click "Allow" to install the necessary ActiveX Control.
4. Click "Full Service Scan." Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the scan.
5. Select the ransomware application from the list of detected malicious software after the scan completes. Select any other malicious software as well. Click "Remove" and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the removal.
6. Restart the computer and problem should be eliminated.

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