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Better Business Bureau Warns of “Ransomware” Computer Virus

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Spike Mafford

UNDATED — The Better Business Bureau is out with a new warning about a computer virus that also doubles as a scam.

The virus is called “ransomware” and you get it by clicking on malicious links in e-mails and messages sent through social media sites, or by visiting compromised websites.

The virus locks up your computer and displays a message claiming to be from the FBI, police or Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The message varies, but basically says you’ve violated a copyright by illegal viewing and must pay a fine to unlock your computer.

The threat of legal action is nothing more than a bluff, but unfortunately you’ll likely need a professional to remove the virus. Paying the scammers will not unfreeze your computer.

To avoid getting the “ransomware” and other malware viruses, make sure your computer is up to date with the latest anti-spyware software, avoid questionable links and websites and be aware social networking sites are used to spread viruses.

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