FBI Drive-By virus
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Posted 8/22/12 , edited 8/22/12
So this morning I was sitting at the dentist office waiting for my turn, and as I waited, I started to read the local news paper the one thing that caught my eye was this FBI 'Drive-By' virus.

Turns out that is a virus that will scam you into paying a fine that doesnt really exsits from $20 -$200 and says you have to pay with a "prepaid credit card/debit card" and will totally lock your pc/laptop. Even when you pay the fine it still keeps your pc/laptop locked, this is what i could remember of the column. I figured I would post this to let everyone know about it. It's at total scam.

*Edit* I did however found the link for the column itself from the local news paper that had the article.

http://www.thepilot.com/news/2012/aug/22/fbi-drive-virus-gives-folks-scare/

I figured I'd share this piece of information with everyone that hasn't heard of it yet.
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Posted 8/22/12
oh this thing is annoying, I work for an ISP and I have people calling in asking about this a lot, some actually paid for it already.... but yeah, this one is bad news.
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Posted 8/22/12
My father actually caught this virus and i had to do a system restore to get rid of it. I don't know why people would fall for it. It doesn't even look official.
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Posted 8/22/12
I did a google search on the virus and other new's documents posted at earlier times before today talked about the same virus but had a different name and different effects but has the same concept. Scam. So apparently this isn't the first time. Sad actually.
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Posted 8/22/12
system restore wont get rid of it. this class of virus often leaves part of it on other files and the registry (it basically rebuilds itself after a while) so you either do a reformat of the disk or you get rid of the infected registry keys and files manually after turning off system restore. and you do it all while in safe mode

this is basically a rogue/ fake antivirus malware. same strategy make users pay to remove virus. and so on.

easy way to avoid getting infected is to keep your antivirus software up to date. and use McAfee, Norton, Bitdefender or
Kaspersky
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Posted 8/22/12
best and really only way not to get viruses is to not be stupid. watch what you download and interact with online. anti-virus programs and firewalls can be cut through like a flaming hot knife through already melted butter. So simple fact is just don't be retarded.
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Posted 8/22/12
I agree with the previous two posts. Best thing to do is make sure that the anti-virus your using is updated daily and once in a while suggested to manually update the anti-virus and do weekly scans.
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Posted 8/22/12

sauskeisgay0021 wrote:

My father actually caught this virus and i had to do a system restore to get rid of it. I don't know why people would fall for it. It doesn't even look official.


My dad got it too. He even used his credit card. I had to do a restore it and get my dad to call his bank.
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There are a lot of nasty viruses out there at the moment, one infects Windows PC's and phones as well as OSX and even Virtual Instances, personally I use Kaspersky and it's the only suite I'd recommend, a lot of malware comes through adverts, the miscreants manage to put their advert containing the malicious software into an advert which then gets displayed on a website, you visit the website and boom, infection occurs. Kaspersky blocks adverts as well as viruses so double safe.
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Back when I used Windows exclusively, I heard all about scares like this...Aren't rogue AVs still worse, though?

I guess I'm just good at seeing through them, or something. I've never gotten any virus as a result of scam.

Most of my viruses on previous computers came from popups that click-jacked and had trojans, etc. on them.

Downloading things on the internet, even pictures or backgrounds (especially third party supported) carry risks.

Now that I use a mac for college, I just watch out for Mac OS exploitations, and I'm pretty solid.

This being said, I don't hesitate to use Windows or Linux from time to time, preferably Linux.
Posted 8/22/12 , edited 8/22/12

DeliriumOxide wrote:

Back when I used Windows exclusively, I heard all about scares like this...Aren't rogue AVs still worse, though?

I guess I'm just good at seeing through them, or something. I've never gotten any virus as a result of scam.

Most of my viruses on previous computers came from popups that click-jacked and had trojans, etc. on them.

Downloading things on the internet, even pictures or backgrounds (especially third party supported) carry risks.

Now that I use a mac for college, I just watch out for Mac OS exploitations, and I'm pretty solid.

This being said, I don't hesitate to use Windows or Linux from time to time, preferably Linux.


Yeah, if you don't game on the pc, osx or a linux distro is really nice. You can just place the thought of viruses in the back of your mind.
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Posted 8/22/12

sauskeisgay0021 wrote:

My father actually caught this virus and i had to do a system restore to get rid of it. I don't know why people would fall for it. It doesn't even look official.


Really? People are so freaking ignorant it's unbelievable. Doesn't surprise me at all, but it does sadden me that people actually fall for this.
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Posted 8/22/12

karmacide wrote:

Yeah, if you don't game on the pc osx or a linux distro is really nice. You can just place the thought of viruses in the back of your mind.


Right on... I'm actually just surprised to see anyone not playing the ever tiring game of consumer polarization... It's very annoying now.
Seeing as I mentioned Macintosh and was neither criticized nor exaggeratedly sided with, I'm actually very pleased with your response.
As much as I've considered it in the past, I don't think I'll ever really play games on here, or a PC, it's just a bit too much for me.

The costs of having a separate system, affording T1 or broadband and raising a family don't seem reasonable lumped together right now.
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Posted 8/22/12
My younger sister recently got her facebook profile hacked.

In this day and age, scams and frauds are everywhere. It really pays off to be extra vigilant and skeptical when it comes to submitting your personal information on the internet.
Posted 8/22/12
oh great yet another virus to be worried about.
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