In the past few weeks I have run into a virus that presents itself as a FBI warning. It warns that it has identified copyrighted material on your computer and you must pay a fine. It is able to find your outside IP address and identify that you are on Comcast, Centurylink or other internet services providers. For those who are using a laptop with a webcam or desktop with one attached, it will even capture your picture and display it on the warning. Both these items and the fact that it displays McAfee’s logo, as well as many well known merchants gives it an an air of legitimacy. It, however, is not legitimate. Most would question this but keep in mind the criminals creating this type of virus have an objective of reaching as many people as possible and some of them will pay.
If infected with this virus, some will try to research a fix and during this search you may find some technicians suggesting wiping the machine. Of the three infections that I have seen, I have not had to wipe the machine and each machine was cleared of the virus within an hour. Wiping a machine should be a last resort due to the time it takes to reinstall updates, software, printers and other peripherals. Keep in mind, when looking for a fix it may be wise to use an ipad or other mobile devise because google searches for a fix may index sites that have the infection. In other words the best course of action is to call a technician.
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