I was nabbed by the FBI Cyber Crimes virus just recently. It annoyingly hijacks your computer with a full page pop up. Extorts you into paying a fee because you’ve been caught doing something bad. To scare you more it shows your IP address and if your laptop is equipped with a webcam you can see your annoyed look on your face staring back at you.
A couple of things tip you off that this is a scam.
- The FBI is more than likely take this approach. Maybe they’ll tap your phone or do other CSI type of stuff but they are usually a bit more discreet. By the time the guys in suits and sunglasses are at the door its too late.
- For all our governments fault they usually know how to spell stuff right. “Cibercrime” probably wouldn’t get by most government workers standard spell check. Further enhancing the idea for as brilliant these virus writers may be writing the program they are horrible proofreaders.
I did what most somewhat tech savvy people do, I Googled it of course. I went the safe mode and went the Malware Bytes method. I also tried using Spybot Search and Destroy. After scan and restarts with those programs didn’t work. I went into safe mode once again and fired up my AVG Antivirus (free version) and scanned it. Rebooted and now seems all back to normal.