The FBI virus seems to be the most common virus out there right now. It has taken over the number one spot from the the rogue/fake anti-virus program. We are getting several computers a week from with this virus and have even had one client send the money to the thieves via moneygram.
The variants we have seen so far seem to be using exploits in Java and Adobe Reader. These are usually easier avenues of attack because the software does not automatically update with windows. The computer is usually exposed to the virus through some combination of the following:
- User account has administrative privileges
- Less than reliable search results
- Clicked on a SPAM link
- Anti-Virus out of date/expired
- Tricked by pop-up disguised as Windows or other software update
- Tricked to install fake codec to watch a video (actually installed a virus)
If you get this virus, please don’t send them money via moneygram/moneypak. Some people are and this is what is driving them to continue. There are a lot of recommended solutions on the internet to remove this virus. Some are probably more effective than others and all have their risks.
SP Networking is a computer repair company and we do this for a living. If you would like us to remove the FBI virus, give us a call. [schema type=”organization” orgtype=”LocalBusiness” name=”SP Networking” phone=”337-214-0911″ ]