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#1 tabber

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 01:01 AM

My elderly father has been locked out of his computer.  The page that comes up has an ICE Logo.  The "The ICE Cyber Crime Center. 

A big red banner says "your computer has been blocked. 

 below it: The work of your computer has been suspended on the grounds of unauthorized cyber activity.

 

In a blue box: An attempt to unlock the computer by yourself will lead to the full formatting of the operating system,  All the files, videos, photos, documents on your computer will be deleted. 

 

Then there's a light blue box: All illegal activities conducted through your computer have been recorded in the police database, including photos and videos from your camera fro further identification.  You have been registered by viewing pornography involving minors.

There is a box next to it that he thought was a picture of him but was the camera watching him.

 

They are giving him 46 hours to pay $300 to avoid prosecution. 

 



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#2 Condobloke

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 01:17 AM

G'day tabber, tell your Dad not to worry....the situation is easily fixable.......and to quote Grinler (Bleeping Computer's leader)... . As this lock screen is not a legitimate message from any government agency, please ignore it and  Either follow the instructions HERE   ......

 

                OR....for some help doing this....

 

 

Please follow the instructions in the Preparation Guide For Requesting Help  starting at Step #6.

 

When you have done that, start a new topic and post the required logs to  Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs   forum, NOT here, for assistance by the Malware Response Team Experts.

NOTE :If you are unable to complete any step, please just post the topic and leave a good description of your problems....( the description you gave here was very good....simply copy and paste it to your new topic)

Best of Luck !

 

 

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the MRT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the MRT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible.  I advise checking your topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.


Condobloke ...Outback Australian  fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 09:53 AM

Thank you for your reply.   He got scared and took it in to get it fixed though.  He didn't really understand that it was just a virus, but they told him the same thing after they fixed it.



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Posted 25 October 2014 - 11:47 AM

Tell your dad....ransomware is typically spread through social engineering...by opening a malicious email attachment (usually from an unknown or unsolicited source) or when clicking a malicious link in an email message, an instant message or on a social networking site. Ransomware can also be contracted by visiting malicious websites, adult websites, and in some cases installed through a computer worm that enters through a network vulnerability.

Crypto malware, like other forms of ransomware, is also typically spread through social engineering. It can be disguised in email attachments which appear to be legitimate correspondence from reputable companies such as banks and Internet providers or UPS or FedEx with tracking numbers. US-CERT advises there have been reports that some victims encounter the malware after clicking on a malicious link within an email or following a previous infection from botnets such as Zbot/Z-bot (Zeus) which downloads and executes the ransomware as a secondary payload from infected websites. Other types or crypto malware have been reported to spread via browser exploit kits and drive-by downloads when visiting compromised web sites.
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 06:01 PM

Dad.....this is a message for you.

 

I too am somewhat 'advanced' in years. I joined Bleeping Computer 4 years ago. My knowledge of computers could have been written on my thumb nail.

 

Join today. There is no downside. Pick a 'forum' (collection of topics) that interests you, and follow it. (your son can show you the mechanics necessary to make this happen)

 

Emails will come to your Inbox each day.  You can choose a particular topic to follow.....and each time a person replies to that topic an email will arrive in your inbox. When the topic is solved or finished, the emails will simply stop.  Then you can choose another one.....etc etc

 

 

 

Apart from Learning about the machine you spend time on........you will be hard pressed to find a happier, genuine bunch of people anywhere.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Brian     (Condobloke)

 

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Condobloke ...Outback Australian  fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy

 GcnI1aH.jpg

 

 





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