Well, I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. A few hours ago, my computer got infected with the dreaded FBI Cybercrime virus.
For those not familiar with this scam, what happens is your computer locks up and keeps displaying this:
The page states that your computer is blocked due at least one of the reasons specified: download or distribute copyrighted material, view child pornography, etc. It requires users to pay a "fine" of $300 in the form of a Greendot MoneyPak code in order to unlock the computer. It also tries to scare computer users by saying the fine must be paid within 72 hours, otherwise, a criminal case will be filed.
Honestly, does anyone really think the FBI, or any law enforcement agency for that matter, works this way?
Anyway, I was able to purge the virus from my computer (I think) by doing a system restore. But I'm running a full security scan just to make double sure.