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Stuttgart Tiger
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re: FBI locked up my computer at work

It's a virus and scam rolled into one. Happene to a co-worker of mine this week.


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PrimeTime Money
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Houston, Texas, USA
Member since Nov 2012
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re: FBI locked up my computer at work
That is the FBI Moneypak virus, and its an absolute bitch to get rid of.

Running a virus scan usually won't do it.


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castorinho
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Member since Nov 2010
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re: FBI locked up my computer at work
How the frick do you get a virus on a work computer


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epbart
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re: FBI locked up my computer at work
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What is a good antivirus software for home use?


If you're willing to pay, Kaspersky and Eset have been consistently regarded as two of the best year after year. I've heard BitDefender is good, too.

AVG and Avast make decent free products.


CtotheVrzrbck
Arkansas Fan
Tulsey Town
Member since Dec 2007
26159 posts

re: FBI locked up my computer at work
The safe mode removal process works really well. I've done it. I'll never pay my computer guy ever again.


malware bytes is a pretty good removal tool as well.


epbart
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re: FBI locked up my computer at work
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malware bytes is a pretty good removal tool as well.



agree, malwarebytes is very good. but the free version doesn't proactively protect you; it just helps you scan & remove the virus after you're infected. And I've seen it miss a couple things. If someone goes the free route, like Malwarebytes, it is a good idea to download a second tool... AVG, Avast, etc. Eset actually has a good, free scanner/removal tool that I've seen detect and remove a couple things Malwarebytes missed.


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Asharad
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Member since Dec 2010
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re: FBI locked up my computer at work
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Virus


Fire the employee for viewing porn on your dime.


Shoulderchoke
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re: FBI locked up my computer at work
How long before some makes this thread

"Third Day at Work, locked up the PC looking at porn. WWTOTD?"


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Ysebaert
Member since Oct 2011
1527 posts

re: FBI locked up my computer at work
This just happened to my laptop this morning. It actually took a fricking picture of me as well. The 'fine' is $200 to unlock my computer thru 'moneypak' Seriously OT what the frick do I do?


Ysebaert
Member since Oct 2011
1527 posts

re: FBI locked up my computer at work
Hmmm ok will google from phone how to remove. Porn huh? Who knew. Ha.


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epbart
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new york city
Member since Mar 2005
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re: FBI locked up my computer at work
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This just happened to my laptop this morning. It actually took a fricking picture of me as well. The 'fine' is $200 to unlock my computer thru 'moneypak' Seriously OT what the frick do I do?



apparently it's going around. It's on the homepage of bleepingcomputer.com-- a good site for instructions on removing many particularly difficult types of malwarebyte. Please note the removal guide for the FBI ransomware as the top news item...

LINK


Ysebaert
Member since Oct 2011
1527 posts

re: FBI locked up my computer at work
Holy shite that is a complex removal process. Thanks for the link.


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HarryBalzack
Member since Oct 2012
9786 posts

re: FBI locked up my computer at work
The IT crew at the university I work for (including the guys in computer/software engineering) uses Malwarebytes for first-pass cleanup of infected computers. It's pretty rare that they have to use a stronger malware cleaner.

Some moron fell for the McAfee security pack, though, and they force on all our work products (except for engineering, where they overrode the command). In 2010, about three months after they forced McAfee on us, we were the victims of some kind of rootkit that tried to steal credit card info off our servers (luckily, we farm cc processing out to a third party), along with other personal info. Once it transferred the data, it killed the servers - physically destroyed the blades - as well as the hard drives of a about half our computers, including mine.

It must have been a pretty widespread infection, too, because it took a month for them to get the replacement hard drive for my computer.


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mmtsanders
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Member since Nov 2011
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re: FBI locked up my computer at work
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What is a good antivirus software for home use?


Microsoft security essentials.


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