Survivor of Romulus
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# 1 Ransomware sucks targ
06-30-2012, 03:02 AM
So lastnight I get a fullscreen pop up (covers taskbar) that says I have been illegaly downloading software. "I have?" I said to myself. They claim to be the FBI and said that I I don't give them $100 through MoneyBank.com I won't be able to use my PC.

I cannot wait until I buy my MacBook Pro or iMac....sick of Windows viruses and punk hackers who have nothing better to do.

sorry all just ranting........
Captain
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# 2
06-30-2012, 03:07 AM
I find it laughable that they believed that you would fall for the "we're the FBI, so give us money" line when no legitimate law enforcement agency would take money through such an unofficial channel. I find it lamentable that there are people out there who are naive/ignorant enough to fall for it despite it's obvious stupidity.
Career Officer
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# 3
06-30-2012, 06:13 AM
I've recently read that the reason these types of e-mails have so stupid and obvious flaws to weed out anyone that is not extremely gullible. The people that actually fall for these spam mails are highly likely to go through every step and earn the spammers some good money. If they'd write the letters more believalbe, some of us may reply, but eventually realize they are being scammed, wasting the Spammer's time writing replies.
Captain
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# 4
06-30-2012, 06:27 AM
The most common reason for malware on a windows PC is that people don't use common sense when clicking a dialogue online or that they download software from bad sources (read not the official SW download sources).

It always entertains me that people blame windows for their own mistakes... It's not like it magically found it's way to your computer and decided to install itself.
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Lt. Commander
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# 5
06-30-2012, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by anazonda View Post
The most common reason for malware on a windows PC is that people don't use common sense when clicking a dialogue online or that they download software from bad sources (read not the official SW download sources).

It always entertains me that people blame windows for their own mistakes... It's not like it magically found it's way to your computer and decided to install itself.
Indeed. I also find it hilarious when people use such self-deception as an impetus for joining the Cult of Mac, because you can guarantee their fancy new "virus-proof" hipstermachine will be riddled with all kinds of nasty within a month.

Sorry people, Macs haven't been more secure than windows since the 90's, just more obscure, and thanks to iTunes and the iPhone, that's changing. Indeed, that false sense of security makes Mac users prime targets.
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# 6
06-30-2012, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by lilchibiclari View Post
no legitimate law enforcement agency would take money through such an unofficial channel.
Of course they wouldn't.

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Seriously though, I've had good luck with having a pair of preventative measures: One anti-virus and one anti-malware. If each one has a 90% detection rate, then together it's more like 99%.
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Lt. Commander
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# 7
06-30-2012, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by spektre12 View Post
So lastnight I get a fullscreen pop up (covers taskbar) that says I have been illegaly downloading software. "I have?" I said to myself. They claim to be the FBI and said that I I don't give them $100 through MoneyBank.com I won't be able to use my PC.

I cannot wait until I buy my MacBook Pro or iMac....sick of Windows viruses and punk hackers who have nothing better to do.

sorry all just ranting........
I have a love/hate relationship with Ransomware. While a personally believe there is a special place reserved in Hades for the perpetrators of this software, the removal of it does keep me in business.

Just one word of warning, a Macbook will not keep you completly safe from this. I have seen it on a Mac OS, although it is very rare there.

Also, i have noticed a severe upswing in the number of ransomware infections that I have seen in the last 6 months. From an average of one a month, I am now seeing 3-4 a month on PCs and around 1 every 6-8 months on Macs. I've only ever seen 1 on a linux based pc. Reguardless of your platform, run good antivirus/malware software, keep a good firewall up, and most important: be carefull where you go online and what you click on.
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Lt. Commander
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# 8
06-30-2012, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by anazonda View Post
The most common reason for malware on a windows PC is that people don't use common sense when clicking a dialogue online or that they download software from bad sources (read not the official SW download sources).

It always entertains me that people blame windows for their own mistakes... It's not like it magically found it's way to your computer and decided to install itself.
You are dead on the mark there. In almost every case that i see where Ransomware/Malware/Virus' are present, the infection can be traced back to illegal downloading, social network apps, porn, or other less than legitimate sources of software.
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Career Officer
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# 9
06-30-2012, 07:53 AM
It can be cleared.

No big I've done it before.

Go to a second PC and download the following.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.superantispyware.com/portablescanner.html
http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363

Burn them to CD....do not use a flash drive or memory card.

On the infected PC startup and start tapping F8. An option menu will showup. If not restart and try again.

Select "safe mode"

not with networking we don't want the crap dialing home

run/install the programs from the CD

the scans will take a while on 2 of them. What ever they find tell it to remove the problems.

Restart F8 again and select "safe mode with networking"

update the scanners and scan again. What ever they find tell it to remove the problems.


That SHOULD do it.
Captain
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# 10
06-30-2012, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by spektre12 View Post
So lastnight I get a fullscreen pop up (covers taskbar) that says I have been illegaly downloading software. "I have?" I said to myself. They claim to be the FBI and said that I I don't give them $100 through MoneyBank.com I won't be able to use my PC.
Humour: That's what you get for downloading and watching that warez porn.

On a serious note, when was the last time you updated your virus protection. I find from dealing with my soccer moms, many times they think that if they install a virus protection, they've protected while something in the background isn;t allowing them to get updates.

It's best to run it manually once a week just to be sure.
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