A particularly effective scam is growing by the minute. Though it’s not new, it’s been gaining “popularity” in the last few weeks.
The scam takes over the full screen of the computer, stating that the FBI has locked that PC until a fine is paid. The computer may look locked down, but the culprit was a cyber-nasty criminal, not the FBI.
This is how your screen will look:
DO NOT PAY! This is malware on your computer. Treat it as you should any malware, and clean your system. The cyber-nasties have found that this is a very lucrative scam that works really well. Scared PC users are often willing to pay hundreds of dollars to avoid getting in deep with the FBI. More than $5 million per year is extorted from victims using this scam.
If you need help in freeing your computer of malware and/or viruses, call Technology by Design for an Optimization. An Optimization deletes unnecessary temporary files, reorganizes your hard drive so your files are accessed faster, removes any malware and/or viruses from your system, and removes any unnecessary tool bars and software from you computer. Long story short, it electronically cleans out and optimizes your computer so it can work at it’s full potential. We have removed this malware, as well as many similar, hundreds of times. This has saved our customers thousands of dollars.
As a rule, a workplace computer should be Optimized at least every 6 months. Home computers, because of the nature of their use (and especially if you have kids or teens using it) should be Optimized more often.
Call Technology by Design at 204-800-3165 for more information.