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This happened to me last week

Posted by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 12:32 AM
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Here’s a scary scenario. You’re innocently surfing the Web, maybe on an unfamiliar site, not paying close attention. Suddenly your computer screen fills with illegal pornographic images of minors. You try to navigate away, but a warning screen branded by the National Security Administration’s Internet Surveillance Program pops up with the message: “Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution.”

You are then offered a sort of Hobson’s choice: Pay a fine immediately, or face prosecution for downloading child pornography.

The folks behind that scam were actually based in Russia, SC Magazine reported, not NSA headquarters. The number of people entrapped by this type of scam has been increasing exponentially. In a recent report from McAfee, an Internet security company, there were fewer than 25,000 samples of ransomware catalogued per quarter in the first half of 2011. In the second quarter of 2013 alone, the number of new samples multiplied to more than 320,000, (which was double the number in the first quarter of this year).

“During the past two quarters we have catalogued more ransomware than in all previous periods combined,” MacAfee found. “This trend is also reflected by warnings from law enforcement and federal agencies around the globe.”

If you think the most common cyber scam still involves deposed Nigerian royalty eliciting your help to extract fortunes from African banks, your time machine has stalled. Cyber ninjas have become far more creative, sophisticated and inscrutable. With that in mind, here are five links you should never, ever click.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/5-deadly-clicks-links-never-120022292.html

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Mipsy
by Bronze Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Yikes!!! I've heard of stuff similar to this, ads popping up saying they have viruses and for a fee it can be removed.

So this happened to you?
muslimah
by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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Quoting Mipsy:

Yikes!!! I've heard of stuff similar to this, ads popping up saying they have viruses and for a fee it can be removed.

So this happened to you?

 This exact same thing happened to me. All of a sudden my computer locked up and page that said they were the F.B.I. popped up and told me I was guilty of copy rights infringements. I tried to (X) it off and got a a little box with an error message telling me my computer has been locked due to illegal activity and I had to pay the fine of be penalized. I shut the computer off and rebooted and it was gone and my computer was not locked anymore.

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Shoota
by Lauren on Oct. 6, 2013 at 12:58 AM

That's crazy. It would scare and horrify me all at the same time.

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Something similar happened to me on my work computer about a year ago. eeek.

muslimah
by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 6:59 AM

 

Quoting Mipsy:

Yikes!!! I've heard of stuff similar to this, ads popping up saying they have viruses and for a fee it can be removed.

So this happened to you?

 I kind of did freak out. The "pay now" was a red flag but then again I wasn't sure only because we have already had 2 warnings from my provider because my daughter was down loading music. Then after I thought about it for a minute I freak out that I was going have a really bad viris because something similar happened before but that was a bunch a porn that locked up my computer and I had to buy a whole new computer.

 Subhan Allah ( سبحان الله )"Glory be to Allah"
 Alhamdulillah ( الحمدللہ )"All Praise to Allah"
 Allahu Akbar ( الله اكبر )"Allah is the Greatest"

momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:25 AM

You can google instructions on how to fix your computer.  This happened to my son a couple of months ago.  

jadedcynic
by NerdyJen on Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:25 AM

It sounds like you need better antivirus software. What are you using, Norton, McAffee? Those are garbage. Heck McAffee himself made a video making fun of them. You need either Avast or MSE.

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting Mipsy:

Yikes!!! I've heard of stuff similar to this, ads popping up saying they have viruses and for a fee it can be removed.

So this happened to you?

 I kind of did freak out. The "pay now" was a red flag but then again I wasn't sure only because we have already had 2 warnings from my provider because my daughter was down loading music. Then after I thought about it for a minute I freak out that I was going have a really bad viris because something similar happened before but that was a bunch a porn that locked up my computer and I had to buy a whole new computer.


muslimah
by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:51 AM

 

Quoting jadedcynic:

It sounds like you need better antivirus software. What are you using, Norton, McAffee? Those are garbage. Heck McAffee himself made a video making fun of them. You need either Avast or MSE.

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting Mipsy:

Yikes!!! I've heard of stuff similar to this, ads popping up saying they have viruses and for a fee it can be removed.

So this happened to you?

 I kind of did freak out. The "pay now" was a red flag but then again I wasn't sure only because we have already had 2 warnings from my provider because my daughter was down loading music. Then after I thought about it for a minute I freak out that I was going have a really bad viris because something similar happened before but that was a bunch a porn that locked up my computer and I had to buy a whole new computer.


 I am using Microsoft Security Essentials.

 Subhan Allah ( سبحان الله )"Glory be to Allah"
 Alhamdulillah ( الحمدللہ )"All Praise to Allah"
 Allahu Akbar ( الله اكبر )"Allah is the Greatest"

muslimah
by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:56 AM

 

Quoting momtoscott:

You can google instructions on how to fix your computer.  This happened to my son a couple of months ago.  

 It's been a week. I have done all my scans and everything. As far as I can tell I didn't get a virus from it. When that happened to me before and the porn locked up my computer there was no Googling anything. I took my computer to 2 different people and they couldn't even get in it to remove or fix it. I had to go buy a knew computer. I finally found someone who could remove it but I had already bought a new one so it's just sitting around here as an extra computer.

 Subhan Allah ( سبحان الله )"Glory be to Allah"
 Alhamdulillah ( الحمدللہ )"All Praise to Allah"
 Allahu Akbar ( الله اكبر )"Allah is the Greatest"

Mommabearbergh
by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:24 AM
That happen to my computer. Just rebooted and ran all my scans and it's been okay since then.
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