Last week we ran into a new virus, a scam infecting a few computers that completely hijacks the boot process. This virus presents itself as your computer starts, identifying as being from ‘The FBI Federal Bureau Investigation’ , and aggressively claiming that your PC has been blocked because of the Copyright and Related Rights Law violations.
A few variations exist, including identifying as the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, and as having associated with child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. The things they all have in common is convincing government seals, scare tactics like recording your IP address and capturing video from your webcam (visible on your screen), and a GreenDot Moneypak payment link. That’s where the scam comes in. It states that a $200 fine must be paid to unlock and continue using your computer, attempting to extort money from the user.
This scam is confirmed by government officials, “We’re getting inundated with complaints,” said Donna Gregory of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). There are reports of people that have been tricked, and paid the “fine”. Code-named Reveton, Gregory of IC3 explains “Unlike other viruses, Reveton freezes your computer and stops it in its tracks. And the average user will not be able to easily remove the malware.”
The IC3 suggests the following if you become a victim of the Reveton virus:
- Do not pay any money or provide any personal information.
- Contact a computer professional to remove Reveton and Citadel from your computer.
- Be aware that even if you are able to unfreeze your computer on your own, the malware may still operate in the background. Certain types of malware have been known to capture personal information such as user names, passwords, and credit card numbers through embedded keystroke logging programs.
- File a complaint and look for updates about the Reveton virus on the IC3 website.[source]
Good advise dealing with any virus really. Being computer professionals, you can give us a call at 1-510-786-7103 and we can handle everything for you. Otherwise continue down for the nitty gritty.
Remember, even if this gets rid of the FBI warning, you may still be infected, and your security and privacy may still be at risk! Make sure you have a good, up-to-date antivirus program. We recommend buying Eset Nod32, or Microsoft Security Essentials if you need a free option. Also consider buying the pro version of Malwarebytes, which works nicely alongside traditional antivirus programs.
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Very exciting news. We have just moved our office to our new location! It’s located in the same building but it’s around the corner. We now have the main entrance of 1700 Martin Luther King Jr Way Berkeley CA 94709.
Authorized Computer Repair is still growing! We just hired a new on-site technician. His name is Dennis and he’s awesome!
He’s our dedicated on-site technician so he’ll be the one you see when we come to your home or office. Customers find him very patient, attentive, and thorough. Dennis has excellent attention to detail which is very important when dealing with the many detail oriented functions we use our computers for. I’ve noticed many computer technicians think they know-it-all and don’t listen to customers’ needs. Dennis is just the opposite. We take special care in selecting our techs and I think we hit a winner with Dennis.
Now that we have a dedicated on-site tech, we’re able to handle more on-site jobs with greater punctuality. Before Dennis, I, Jonathan the Owner, had to handle all the on-site jobs myself! Running a company and performing all the on-site work was difficult. We’re very happy to have Dennis on board and I think our customer will agree.
Dying to meet him? Call us and schedule an on-site visit and you’ll get that chance!
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1700 Martin Luther King Way
Berkeley CA 94709
Authorized computers is moving on up!
Were in the process of adding almost 3 times the amount of space we had before. We have a totally new tech area, nice clean reception area, and easier access to our office from the front door. And the best news is that we’re still in the same building.
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Phew!! This is a relief.
Our phones are back up. Sorry for any inconvenience. Our VOIP carrier suffered an extreme outage that affected all its customers all over the world. We didn’t have phone service for about half the day but all seems to be well now.
If you are trying to call us today, jan12 2010, we’re having major phone problems. Our VOIP (Internet phone) service is completely down as of 12:30 PM. We don’t know when they will have us back up and running. Please call the owner, Jonathan, on his cell phone @ 510-932-3651 in the mean time.
We apologize for any inconvenience.