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Author Topic: New Virus claims that FBI has locked your computer  (Read 2276 times)
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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2014, 09:27:06 AM »

There are now some variations that do actually allow the hackers to encrypt files and will only give the key to unlock after payment.
They are usually targeted at businesses but as they become more readily available on the sites to purchase others will start to deploy them more indiscriminately, and will also be much less likely to forward the encryption key.
The best defense against them is a very common 1, and have multiple partitions. From the dissections I've read they only target :C drive, so if you only have the OS on that drive and everything else on a different partition the worst case is a reinstall of the OS, but no loss of data except anything unsaved

     This right here, it's logical to assume that most people keep their important documents on the C:\ drive of their computers. However, for those of us who don't wish to lose our important data, whatever that data may be; it's a common practice to either have your machine contain multiple partitions and/or multiple drives. Doing so can alleviate the frustration of losing your data after either an Operating System crash, virus, malware, and/or spyware infection. Being the computer tech that I am in my spare time, it's very common to see people lose their data from failing to back it up. All of that being said of course, the best way to keep your data safe is to either back it up, or have it located off of your C:\ drive.
     Of course, the best tool, and I can't stress this enough, is to just do simple things like, knowing the quality of the sites you regularly frequent and/or make sure you're downloading files and things from a reputable source. Don't open e-mails from people you don't know, or correspondence you aren't expecting. Another very good rule of thumb, is to scan anything that you do download. In my case, for instance, when I download a file, I usually scan it with a piece of antivirus software and then go deeper with a piece of malware/spyware scanning software to see if there is anything that my antivirus software might not have picked up. Believe it or not, I have caught problems, before they could become catastrophic, this way. Also, as a further example, I run weekly virus scans of all my drives to ensure that nothing is amiss.
     See, here's the thing viruses, malware, and spyware; unless under direct attack from someone, are likely to just be dumb or "zombie" computer programs that are just executing their code in a sort of, perpetual motion machine, but digital. The best defense you have against them is the best defense you have against anything, your brain. If you engage in safe browsing practices, know what your downloading, and know where your e-mail correspondence is coming from; in most cases, you'll be fine.
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2015, 10:32:04 AM »

I've been hit by this virus on xnxx.com 3 times.  On my laptop the way I've gotten rid of it is to force a shutdown, pull the plug on my wall wart and remove the battery.  This gets rid of the lockup every time.  Then I scan with my antivirus software just to make sure.  A guy was on one of the daytime talk shows (Steve Wilkos) and he got the virus and actually complained to the FBI and he was locked up for posessing child porn when they investigated him.  He also paid whatever they were asking for when he first got the virus.
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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2015, 07:43:46 AM »



      The best defense you have against them is the best defense you have against anything, your brain. If you engage in safe browsing practices, know what your downloading, and know where your e-mail correspondence is coming from; in most cases, you'll be fine.
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It also helps to use a couple of add-ons and plugins, like AdBlock, Better Privacy (deletes persistent Flash cookies) and NoScript (disables scripts on every page you visit). NoScript is indispensable, considering that most malware gets on to your computer via script. You can grant temporary permissions or permanently whitelist sites you know are safe. You'd be amazed at the number of scripts on a given web site.
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2016, 06:25:24 PM »

I've been hit by this virus on xnxx.com 3 times.  On my laptop the way I've gotten rid of it is to force a shutdown, pull the plug on my wall wart and remove the battery.  This gets rid of the lockup every time.  Then I scan with my antivirus software just to make sure.  A guy was on one of the daytime talk shows (Steve Wilkos) and he got the virus and actually complained to the FBI and he was locked up for posessing child porn when they investigated him.  He also paid whatever they were asking for when he first got the virus.

what a muppet lol
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« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2016, 04:22:42 PM »

There's a similar one claiming that non existent Canadian organizations(Council of Police Chiefs, Canadian Department of Homeland Security)have locked it.  I was told that my tablet would be unlocked and my 'criminal case' thrown out, if I sent in $200 in iTunes gift cards.  I could be pardoned and avoid jail time for gift cards?  Sounds legit so I did.

Sorry, sarcasm doesn't translate well in text. 
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« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2017, 01:36:46 AM »

LOL!  My Significant Other got hit with some ransomware.  It encrypts your files and demands bitcoins to unlock your files.  But the amount added up to about $50,000.  Seriously!

As if we have that kind of money to save some files.

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