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FBI blocked my laptop? Scam, Virus or real?

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I was on the internet on my computer and it was loading something. Then this FBI thing came up and saying i was copyrighting something, or on pornographic websites. and it said i had to pay 200 dollars to get my computer block off. The thing where i had to pay was like pak money or something. So Please tell me what to do. Scam? Virus? I have no idea so please help!
My computer wont let me do anything with the block.
i can’t go on the internet with the block once it gets to the start screen it goes to that. i cant do anything. I have a hp tiny computer it runs windows 7. i was on youtube and fanfiction and bing. Thats it. I went to there website on my other computer and it looks legit… i have no idea what to do

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  1. shopgirlxx01 on Jul 13, 2012 reply

    Sounds like a virus scam to me…

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  2. Pedplar on Jul 13, 2012 reply

    Its a scam do not pay anything.

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  3. Colinc on Jul 13, 2012 reply

    First try to download the free scanner from http://malwarebytes.org and run a full scan. Do so without touching any of the pop up windows associated with this. Start/Programs/ IE or Firefox or whatever. If you use Firefox select save file, then double click the download in the download window when it completes.
    If this will not work restart into safe mode with networking on a wired connection. Then do the download.

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  4. Froll on Jul 13, 2012 reply

    You really think the FBI is going to ask you for $ 200 over the internet? I don’t think so. Also, it’s perfectly legal for you to copyright things. All of my photographs for instance are copyrighted. If it said you were “downloading copyrighted material”, then that’s a different thing altogether but if it said you were “copyrighting something”, then there’s no problem.

    A. Why don’t you have your antivirus turned on?
    B. Run an antivirus scan with your updated antivirus.
    C. Run an antimalware program.
    D. Stay off of sites that aren’t mainstream sites and you won’t get malware or viruses.
    E. What were you DOING on the internet when this happened? What site were you on?

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  5. poggle on Jul 13, 2012 reply

    Restart in Safe Mode. To get into SafeMode restart your pc and before Windows loads repeatedly hit the F8 button. When prompted pick Safe Mode with Networking. When you’re in Safe Mode the pc will run slow and the screen will be at 800 x 600 pixels.
    Download and install Spybot Search and Destroy and Spyware Terminator and run them both, plus your anti virus.

    Spybot Search and Destroy free anti spyware
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

    Spyware Terminator
    http://download.cnet.com/Spyware-Terminator/3000-8022_4-10468541.html

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  6. Graham on Jul 13, 2012 reply

    It sounds like one of the FBI Moneypak ransomware scams. Everything it’s saying is a lie.

    Try this:

    Firstly, boot your computer to the Safe Mode menu screen. You do this by repeatedly pressing F8 as soon as you boot up. Once there, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking. Continue to boot from there, by pressing Enter. You will now see some drivers being loaded. There will be a pause at some point. This usually lasts for no more than 30 seconds.

    Now download this package.

    When you click on the download button, wait for a few seconds and the download box will appear, without you having to enter your name or email address.

    Save it to your desktop, unzip it…click on start.exe…then click on Emergency Kit Scanner. Wait for it to open (this may take a couple of minutes), then get updates and run it:

    http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/eek/

    Hope this helps.

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  7. Kittysue on Jul 13, 2012 reply

    Google FBI Ransomware

    This tech blog explains how to remove it http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-fbi-monkeypak-ransomware

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