Ransomware holds your computer hostage for money

By Clark Howard, clarkhoward.com:

A new category of malware known as “ransomware” is freezing up computers until consumers pay scammers hundreds of dollars to supposedly implement a fix.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center reports that Reveton malware has been seizing up computers with pop-up windows that are actually branded with the FBI logo! The pop-up window typically warns the computer contains “child pornography, unlicensed materials or ‘computer-use negligence,’ according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Should you pay the ransom to free your computer? Absolutely not.

First, there’s no way to tell the scammers will do what they say and not load additional viruses on your computer. Second, you’re rewarding bad behavior if you pay them… Read more

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