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Police Bitcoin ransomware

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#1 Bryan See

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:44 AM

While a family of ransomware known as CryptoLocker added the popular digital currency Bitcoin to the list of payment methods it accepts in exchange for the private key that will decrypt the files encrypted by the malware, there's another type that uses the payment of Bitcoin to unlock the PC locked by any government agencies, such as FBI, Department of Justice, ICE, US Courts, and others on alleged computer crimes. If it exists, it may be a scam, in which even if a user pays the fine, the result will be the same as the PC remains locked up, and the scammers run away with the Bitcoins as ransom, leaving his/her problem unresolved. Other than the directive "DO NOT PAY THE SCAMMERS", is there any ways to remove it from the PC once it gets into the machine and prevent any kind from infecting their PCs in the future?

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:06 PM

To be clear, government agencies do not lock computers. It's malware plain and simple.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:53 PM

Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), the site owner of Bleeping Computer created this guide for dealing with some types of the infection: Your computer has been locked Ransomware Removal Guide

If you do a Google search you will find a List of Ransomware Removal Guides from Bleeping Computer for Homeland Security, FBI Cybercrime Division, United States Courts, ICE Cyber Crime Center, United Kingdom Police and more.
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