The virus/ransomware named, “FBI Moneypak virus” is a destructive set of coding, disguised as the FBI that all computer users should prepare themselves for, including Mac. Some of the most sophisticated antivirus programs fail to detect this virus in time. Using this false moniker and prohibiting you from accessing your computer, it effectively locks down the computer system and removes all personal and system files on the computer. The FBI virus alleges the computer has been involved in illegal activity by downloading, distributing, or viewing copyrighted and/or inappropriate material. This program demands a penalty fine of up to $200 to be paid in full in order to unlock the computer system within the allotted time of 72 hours by use of Moneypak or Green Dot Moneypak cards. These are the prepaid credit cards you can purchase at Walmart or Walgreens. The FBI Moneypak virus also states that you (the computer owner) may be sent to jail if a fine is not paid within this timeframe. Please take note that this is a virus and claims made by this virus are NOT real. You are NOT in trouble with the FBI and will NOT be sent to jail. Paying the fine using Moneypak cards will fail to fix this malware. When you provide them with the activation number from these cards, further intrusions onto your system will occur.
PageDesk Computer Services has seen an increase in the amount of computers infected with this virus (28 computers this past week). If you feel that you are a victim of this virus, it is recommended that you turn OFF your computer immediately and call your local computer repair company or us at (815) 462-6000 to remove it.
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