'FBI virus' wreaking havoc on computers

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by Warren Trent

azfamily.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 3:44 PM

TEMPE, Ariz -- The so-called "FBI virus" has been around for more than a year and shows no sign of letting up.

Ken Colburn, president of Data Doctors, said up to 40 percent of computers brought in for repair are infected with the virus.

"Convincing FBI logo asking you to pay by moneypak, shows you your ip address so basically you feel like you're being watched," said Colburn. "They're basically trying to scare the crap out of you, claiming your ip address was used to visit websites containing pornography."

Victims get nabbed by clicking on booby trapped websites, social media links and emails.

To clear your name, victims are asked by crooks to shell out $200.

"If you get something like this, this is a fake," Colburn said.

Colburn noted that victims who get nabbed do not have their anti-virus software up to date, so it is critical to have up to date anti-virus software up and running.

The scam has prompted the real FBI to send out a notification stating, "The FBI does not send unsolicited emails to the public. If you click on the embedded link you run the risk of infecting your computer with a malicious virus." 

The crooks have stayed ahead of the game by creating different versions of the scam to render online fixes useless. 

As of right now the FBI virus is affecting mostly Windows users, but Colburn said they are starting to see issues with Mac users.

At this point, smartphones are not affected by the FBI virus.

You can find information for various alerts on the Data Doctor's facebook page

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