GARDAÍ ARE WARNING the public to be wary of a computer virus which locks computers displaying a police logo and asks users to pay a fine.
The scam has been in operation in other countries and Gardaí say that the virus detects the country in which the computer is located and downloads the appropriate police logo and locks down the user’s screen.
A pop up claims that the computer has been used to carry out illegal activities and demands payment of a fine in order to unlock the computer.
A Garda spokesperson has said that members of the public would never be contacted in this way and that users should not share their bank details or pay out any money. If a computer user is deceived into paying a fine they should contact their local Garda station as soon as possible.
Be careful folks and spread the word...
Interesting. There will always be people that still won't use pc antivirus software and they will end up paying money to these scammers.
I'm not sure if the scammer is stupid or the people falling for them
you have no idea how stupid people are when it comes to computers.
People should stop visiting the most dodgey porn sites and downloading crap. I cant see any other way of getting these viruses.
Well according to Symantec, web wanderers are more likely to get a computer virus by visiting a religious website than by peering at porn (Link).
But any time I have repaired somebody computer I am amazed at how many add-on tools bars they seem to have in their web browser and they have no idea where they got them. The unfortunate fact is that as long as people still fall for these scams, and scammers continue to make money and think up new and improved ways to take people money
Chances are the Trojan is in a dodge email who ever opens the attachment is probably not going to want police attention. Barely legal and all that sort of stuff.
I get the same thing when i am given a computer to repair. The amount of toolbars and oddball stuff on the system is crazy and when i ask about them the person hasn't a clue how they got there, but it's obvious that when they are installing a program they don't bother to look at the checkboxes to uncheck all the extra junk that is in with the program/software. Lazyness is the cause i'd say. They just want the software and don't want to spend a few seconds reading the extra junk and just click ok ok ok done.
im on the other side of it, i went into my local computer repair centre, my netbook was virtually grinding to a stop , i just couldnt figure it out , i asked guy if he could just reinstall windows on it, in fairness to bloke he said basically your barking up the wrong tree. Anyway i just got a strop on when i got home, i downloaded all data from netbook onto a 1tb hardrive and then went to town in the uninstall programs, i couldnt believe the amount of crap that was on my netbook. there was loads of toolbars.
At the end i probably spent a hour deleting programs and at end netbook was running like a dream!!!!!!!!! i did loose my sound, i had to download my sound driver again but that was no problem, BUT going off the topic slightly, i deleted my copy of avg free and subscribed to a months trial which ran out ages ago and didnt do anything about it, but netbook is still running like a dream, i dont visit any religious sites or the other , yeh ive kind of gone of topic sorry
Darwinism applies here - if you are stupid enough to fall for this you deserve to lose €100. Sadly, I am reguarly amazed at how incredibly uneducated people are with computers and not even older folks, but students etc as well. It's ridiculous that there's no proper, mandatory JC/LC subject for computing.
This just feckin happened to me, I was watching revenge, now I wish I had been watching porn, then it might have been worth while!!
Hi guys, It just happened to me and gave me an awful shock. It actually activated my webcam and had my picture in the corner... i quickly rebooted my computer and all seems fine now... Is it possible its still on my computer? what is the best way to check and get rid of it?? Thanks
System restore to a week or so previous.
Yes it works. Easy to get rid of. Fierce annoying though
Anyone who doesn't have it, should download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Run it and it will get rid of all the crap that's on your PC.
And, to fix this specific issue, you need to get the latest version of Malwarebytes onto a USB stick, boot the affected computer in safe mode, and install and run the program. That will get rid of this malware.