A new virus posing as an FBI alert is freezing computers and alarming users across North Central Texas. Infected computers display a pop-up that tells owners they have illegal materials on their PCs and demands a fine ranging from $200-$500 dollars.
Computers infected display a message using the FBI seal and citing several legal documents. The reasons include owning/distributing copyrighted material, pornography or malware. To unlock the computer the virus demands a fine be paid with MoneyPak and threatens criminal action against those who don't pay.
This virus activates when users click on a compromised website.
If your computer is infected:
Do not pay any money or provide any personal information.
Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware might still operate in the background. Only the most computer-savvy users will be able to remove the virus without help.
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