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FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?

 
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10/20/2012 08:39 AM
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FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
About 3 weeks ago my computer suddenly locked up. This spam looking page came on and said I needed to pay the government $200.00 in 48 hours. I read the page over and there were spelling errors on it. I just thought it was a virus or spam or something like that. In a couple of days it disappeared and I could use my computer again. I never paid the money. It didn't look professional at all. It sai something was found on my computer that wasn't legal.

Now it's happened again and my computers been locked up for about 3 days. This time it says it is from the FBI. It lists about 8 things that it might be that is illegal like copyrighted material to porn.

Has this happened to anyone else?

Is this for real? I've never seen it before in my life. I don't have anything on my computer that I know of. I know I don't have anything like porn on it.

I just thought I would try and ask if anyone else has experienced this and, if so, what can I expect. I haven't paid this fine either.
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10/20/2012 08:40 AM
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It's just a virus.
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10/20/2012 08:40 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
I assume if it was legit that you'd have the option of court before getting fined...
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10/20/2012 08:41 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
It's a virus/extortion attempt.
Go to Malwarebytes Anti-malware- download their free trial and run the full scan = no prob!
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10/20/2012 08:42 AM
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It's just a virus.
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This time it's not going away. Maybe I just need to wait a couple of days.
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10/20/2012 08:42 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
Sounds like a scam. Did you report it to the FBI?
:kitten on fence:
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10/20/2012 08:42 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
I assume if it was legit that you'd have the option of court before getting fined...
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You must have this place confused with the Olde America.

It doesn't work that way anymore.
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10/20/2012 08:42 AM

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Virus.
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A huge shit cloud is coming!
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10/20/2012 08:43 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
Hit F8 open in safe mode, Use your antivirus and run a 'Boot scan"
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10/20/2012 08:47 AM

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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
About 3 weeks ago my computer suddenly locked up. This spam looking page came on and said I needed to pay the government $200.00 in 48 hours. I read the page over and there were spelling errors on it. I just thought it was a virus or spam or something like that. In a couple of days it disappeared and I could use my computer again. I never paid the money. It didn't look professional at all. It sai something was found on my computer that wasn't legal.

Now it's happened again and my computers been locked up for about 3 days. This time it says it is from the FBI. It lists about 8 things that it might be that is illegal like copyrighted material to porn.

Has this happened to anyone else?

Is this for real? I've never seen it before in my life. I don't have anything on my computer that I know of. I know I don't have anything like porn on it.

I just thought I would try and ask if anyone else has experienced this and, if so, what can I expect. I haven't paid this fine either.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20586262


Spybot search and destroy.

Google it, download it and run the program. It's a free program.

Follow the instructions and it should clear up your problem.

Where by the way did this thing tell you to send the money, exactly?

Last Edited by G. House on 10/20/2012 08:47 AM
"Everybody lies."
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10/20/2012 08:48 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
This is why I reformat my harddrive every now and then...
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
Virus. Burn this disc and run the scans.
[link to trinityhome.org]
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10/20/2012 08:49 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
you really shouldn't be using the internet if its happened to you 2 times already.
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10/20/2012 08:50 AM
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you really shouldn't be using the internet if its happened to you 2 times already.
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lol
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10/20/2012 08:57 AM
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Its called ransomware and you'll need to take your computer to a repair service and have it removed professionally. It will pop up if you try to download MalWare Bytes and won't let you download any virus removers from the net. It moves around and renames itself in the registry constantly and worse case scenerios you'll have to wipe your hard drive. Same thing happen to me. Like to get my hands on the person that wrote this and wring their nerdy little necks.
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10/20/2012 08:58 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
I read the page over and there were spelling errors on it.
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lol ferst sine of a scamm!
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10/20/2012 08:58 AM
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its just malware
<facepalm>
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10/20/2012 08:58 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
Its called ransomware and you'll need to take your computer to a repair service and have it removed professionally. It will pop up if you try to download MalWare Bytes and won't let you download any virus removers from the net. It moves around and renames itself in the registry constantly and worse case scenerios you'll have to wipe your hard drive. Same thing happen to me. Like to get my hands on the person that wrote this and wring their nerdy little necks.
 Quoting: Anton 1266032


What about a system restore?
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10/20/2012 08:59 AM
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This is a virus.

hf
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10/20/2012 09:03 AM
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Geez, it already happened 3 weeks ago and you still haven't reinstalled your computer?
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10/20/2012 09:03 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
Its called ransomware and you'll need to take your computer to a repair service and have it removed professionally. It will pop up if you try to download MalWare Bytes and won't let you download any virus removers from the net. It moves around and renames itself in the registry constantly and worse case scenerios you'll have to wipe your hard drive. Same thing happen to me. Like to get my hands on the person that wrote this and wring their nerdy little necks.
 Quoting: Anton 1266032


What about a system restore?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25733937


I had the milder version so I can't tell you if that will work. The guys at my computer repair shop says ther is a really nasty version that appears right after start-up and they had to wipe their hard drives. Mine didn't pop up until I accessed internet explorer. Whne I tried to download Malware Bytes it threw up the FBI screen.
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10/20/2012 09:04 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
it`s spam. its fake.
do not ever pay.

think about it.
if there was illegal material on your harddrive, "THEY" wouldnt tell you "THEY" know, you would just be arrested.

And, secondly, what this is saying is.. "You have illegal material on your pc.. don`t worry, just pay us $xxx and you will be forgiven and you can keep the illegal material."

if you find you cant get rid of this, just buy a new harddrive they are dirt cheap, but make sure you have the OS disk or go to linux.
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10/20/2012 09:06 AM
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Virus is called Remove FBI Green Dot Moneypak Virus.

Go here for removal instructions

[link to www.2-spyware.com]

Dont open anymore dodgy email attachments.
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10/20/2012 09:07 AM
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Article about the latest version
[link to bottomline.nbcnews.com]
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10/20/2012 09:08 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
It's fake, as everyone above has said. Trust me in this, if the FBI thought they had you on anything at all (copyright matters, illegal porn, anything...) There would be a knock at your door, not a heads up warning to leave the country like that.

*The FBI CANNOT levy fines. They can arrest you. That's all. The same is true of the CIA/NSA etc. They DO NOT have a system of fines in place.

(They might illegally kidnap you and remove you from the country for torture, but they won't ask you to wright a check. Ever.)
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10/20/2012 09:11 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
It's fake, as everyone above has said. Trust me in this, if the FBI thought they had you on anything at all (copyright matters, illegal porn, anything...) There would be a knock at your door, not a heads up warning to leave the country like that.

*The FBI CANNOT levy fines. They can arrest you. That's all. The same is true of the CIA/NSA etc. They DO NOT have a system of fines in place.

(They might illegally kidnap you and remove you from the country for torture, but they won't ask you to wright a check. Ever.)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1053533


They can seize and freeze all your stuff, but that's a general thing, not a specific fine...they just take mother fucking everything.
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10/20/2012 09:12 AM
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I assume if it was legit that you'd have the option of court before getting fined...
 Quoting: The Light Under the Door


+1
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10/20/2012 09:37 AM
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does it unlock after you press the CRTL, ALT and DELETE (del) keys at the same time then click on open the task bar and then exit?

its some crap thats for sure.
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10/20/2012 09:42 AM
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Re: FBI locked my computer, says I need to pay $200. fine, happen to anyone else?
the people that make these type of viruses need to be caught and put in prison for 10yrs without parols.

Then ban them for life of ever using a computer ever again.

The only way I could like hackers/ programmers is if they were to use their skills to dismantle the US Government,,

1. clear everyones IRS debt ( except corporations ).

2. make all Military and civilian law enforcement drones crash into the ocean.

3. expose all the lies and secret files, and the secret bank accounts of all politicians .

If hackers want to do something , then do it right.

Expose all the corruption, bribery, murders committed by Government officials.
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02/28/2013 01:58 AM
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Yes it just happened to me about an hour ago. Mine said I Iwas downloading music by Mp3 player,or software. BULL CRAP. I can.t afford giving $100 anyway to some broke back Huslers. What do u do wait it says 48hours, That's strange plus there's no contact number.
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02/28/2013 02:08 AM
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i got it too, when i was looking at some porn

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