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Your Computer Has Been Locked aka the Locked out of Computer Scam: How It Works
Your Computer Has Been Locked scam hits again. Beware of this latest ransomware scare aka the Locked out of Computer trick. In this article, you'll learn how it works and what to do if it's too late.
Most of us use our computers every day, whether for work, to socialize or to get our daily dose of news from around the world. With increased computer use there is the increased risk of being scammed by computer hackers. The most recent outbreak, so far only reported in the US, UK, Canada and Australia but likely to spread, is one of the more malicious internet scams to come along in some time. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action the Locked Computer scam exposed:
The Ransomware scam usually begins when you try to download something or access a new file. Instead of your download beginning, a box will pop up on your screen advising you that your computer has been locked and can only be unlocked if you pay $100-300 through an online payment program.
Clicking on the download button activates a virus that locks your computer.
The message features a warning that the victims' PC contains banned material and requires payment of a fine before the PC can be unlocked.
The warning indicates that the victim's PC contains illegal content and they will be unable to access their PC until the fine is paid. The scammers are asking for payment of $300 (or 100 pounds) through the financial transfer services Green Dot, MoneyPak, Paysafecard or the Ukash.
Many victims will panic and send the money, yet their computer remains locked. To make matters worse, the scammers are representing themselves to be part of the police or government, making most victims react even more quickly and sending the money to the bogus organization.
How Can I Unlock My Computer: What To Do If Too Late?
It needs to be said that no government or police agency would lock someone's computer in order to be paid. If you accidentally download this malware, do not send money; your computer will not be fixed. Contact a computer technician to remove the malware from your computer; this is the only way you will be able to repair your computer.
Alternatively, run your computer is safe mode. You can do this by hitting the F8 key right after startup, you can hit it as many times as needed until the screen pops up. Run the computer in safe mode with networking — this will allow you to run the internet.
Go ahead and download a program called Rogue killer and run it! Then reboot, and it should have killed the virus. Locate the outdated program on your computer and either update or delete it immediately.
However, you should always have antivirus software installed on your computer. If you want to protect yourself make sure you have a good, if not the best antivirus firewall software. It is wise to use and invest in the best virus and spyware protection. Nowadays they're not that crazy expensive anymore.
Prevent from Cryptowall hitting your computer. If it's not too late, purchase your internet security software from legitimate and renowned providers such as Norton Antivirus, Malwarebytes, or Trend Micro. It's worth the investment.
Locked Out Of Computer Scam: How To Report
Let your family and friends know about the Your Computer Has Been Locked Scam by sharing it on social media here, using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below: