FBI Moneypak ransomware virus

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  1. SG Lou

    SG Lou Senior Member

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    Yup, It got me ! Took a while but I was able to get rid of it by starting up in safe mode and running my Anti-Virus program.

    BE CAREFUL !

    What is the FBI Moneypak ransomware virus?

    FBI Moneypak is ransomware that locks computer systems, alleges the computer user has been involved in illegal activity by the FBI (downloaded or distributed copyrighted material or viewed child pornography), and demands a penalty fine of $100 or $200 be paid to unlock the computer system within the allotted time of 72 hours by use of Moneypak cards. Moneypak is the prepaid credit cards you can purchase at Walmart or Walgreens type stores. The FBI Moneypak ransomware virus also states on the fake FBI page that you may see jail time if a fine is not paid in time.

    How To Remove The FBI Moneypak Ransomware Virus - Fake FBI Malware Removal |
     
  2. Howard2k

    Howard2k Premium Member

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    lol Windows.
     
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  3. Engel

    Engel Premium Member

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    Yeah I made the leap to linux a couple weeks ago and I love it so far.
     
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  4. SG Lou

    SG Lou Senior Member

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    Going to do the same PRONTO !

    How tough / easy is it to swap over ?
    Will I loose a lot of things in the process ?
     
  5. Zack

    Zack Senior Member

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    what a cheap virus
     
  6. randelli

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    Serves you right for having downloaded or distributed copyrighted material or viewed child pornography...

    :lol:
     
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  7. SJJMcGhee

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    To the UK guys, there's the same virus saying it's the Metropolitan Police and it's UKash. I got it, it's hellish to get rid of. Nasty stuff.
     
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  8. jeff_farkas

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    Windows installer | Ubuntu

    I did it that way so I could dual boot and not lose anything in my widows partition. You can get and burn a ISO and boot up and install Ubuntu over the entire disk. Firefox is the default browser but you can install Chrome to avoid having to deal with flash in Firefox.
     
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  9. Engel

    Engel Premium Member

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    Nope you will not lose anything if you back it all up. I backed up everything to an external hard drive. Downloaded ubuntu to a usb thumb drive. Bought a brand new blank hard drive and installed ubuntu on it. Then attached my external hard drive and took all my important stuff off and back on my new hard drive. Best thing I ever did. Just be weary, most programs are not made for linux. There are linux substitutes that work just like the windows versions for most commonly used programs. If there is a program that you absolutely have to have that doesn't work with linux, you can use wine (lets you run windows programs in linux).

    Make the leap. You will not regret. I wish I would have done it earlier. It can be intimidating but just keep at it and you'll be good as gold in a couple weeks. Oh yeah, viruses and bullshit are nearly non-existant.
     
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  10. jeff_farkas

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    I still have a dual boot set up for now but later on I plan on going full Ubuntu. I'm as happy as a bunny in a huge pile of carrots with it. :)
     
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  11. Engel

    Engel Premium Member

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    :applause:

    **** windows!
     
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  12. MineGoesTo11

    MineGoesTo11 Senior Member

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    My last few laptops ran XP and windows 7 respectively, never had any major problems. Had a few infections that were remedied by decent anti malware apps.

    Most infections are the result of clicking bad links.. If you're careful you should have few issues.
     
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  13. jeff_farkas

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    What drove me to Linux is what MS did to windows. Win 8 sucks.... I just hate it and I will not spend one dime on it. Yes, I tried it and got it to do what I would want it to but it was just a mess and not for me. So, I tried Ubuntu Linux and it was perfect for what I do. And the big plus... IT'S FREE!! :D
     
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    Totally agree... Win7 is very good and I like it...but not Win8. The upgrade price is nice until the end of Jan13. IMO 40$ is a good deal but the learning curve is a pain. Win8 is very fast but I don't know if it's worth 40.
     
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    I'm interested to see how the ms surface with win 8 pans out.
     
  16. Engel

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    Well.. it was pay $200 for windows 7 or free for linux. I could have used my current windows code but I would need a disc and I didn't even want to bother. Just so sick of getting viruses. From the most random of places too. My wife picked up a nasty one from a knitting/fabric website. WTF!!?
     
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    I just removed the FBI virus from a friend's computer. It got a BSOD every time I tried to go into safe mode so I ran Malwarebytes from Hiren's boot disk. I thought that did the trick as the system booted fine and sat there with no issue for a couple of hours. As soon as I plugged a network cable into it, blam, the fake FBI warning came up. I ended up downloading Malwarebytes and an update file for it while booted to the Hiren's disk, sticking it on the hard drive, and booting without the network cable connected. That allowed me to install it, update it with the downloaded update file, and run the scan. Whatta PITA.
     
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    "Oh yeah, viruses and bullshit are nearly non-existant."

    but, if one does catch something, how good is the security stuff/cleaners, etc, to get rid of bad stuff

    not trying to be sarcastic. ive never used Linux
     
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    Linux isn't for the ever day user. You have to compile drivers to in order get them to install. I'm running UBUNTU on a laptop and old laptop at that. I like it for what it is.

    I've been running Windows a long time. I have never had my computer infected unintentionally. Now when I have installed programs for "Educational Purposes" you always take a chance when installing a program. Even then with the proper protection your computer should warn you.
     
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    just had the same issue
    tried malwarebytes, kaspersky, avira... nothing worked
    tried System Restore...

    I found it + manual removal http://fbi-moneypak.com/ to be most effective. and free )
     

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