Internet Crime Complaint Center is a brand new scareware developed by some hackers who want to get money by deceiving and tricking users. This virus is categorized as ransomware, because it hijacks the computer, locks it and then asks users to pay some amount of money in order to have it unlocked. Even though this virus claims to be originating from the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), it has nothing to do with this reputable and well-known US governmental organization. So, be very careful when you get this nasty trojan on your machine. Beware of the fact that it came into your system as a result of hackers' "productive" activity, but you should not obey their commands!
As we've already mentioned, once Internet Crime Complaint Center scam enters your system it immediately locks it with its unusual warning that accuses user of committing various crimes online through the infected (locked) computer. Here is what the text of the accusation says:
Internet Crime Complaint Center Department of Federal Bureau of Investigation All activity of this computer is being recorded using audio, video and other devices. Saved data will be used for identification. Illegal activity report is sent to government agencies. Threat of prosecution reminder You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years. You have been viewing or distributing prohibited pornographic content (child porn, zoofilia, etc.) thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the United States of America. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years. Pursuant to the amendment to the Criminal Code of the United States of America of May 28, 2011, this law infringement (if it is not repeated first time) may be considered as conditional in case you pay the fine to the State. Fines may only be paid within 72 hours after the infringement. As soon as 72 hours elapse, the possibility to pay the fine expires, and a criminal case is initiated.
Some users who got this scam often look for the information about what "Threat of prosecution reminder" is. This is another scam, by the way. First of all, this warning you see on your PC isn't connected to FBI. It is the product of cyber crooks who came to deceive and trick you in such a manner. We hope that you will never obey such misleading and scary instructions from this scam. So, please do not send any money in favor of online fraudsters. Please do not disclose any important financial information about Ukash, Paysafecard or GreenDot MoneyPak voucher codes. Instead, please carefully follow the removal guide we've developed to assist you in malware removal.
Recommended software for this particular ransomware removal:
- Kaspersky Rescue Disk
- GridinSoft Trojan Killer downloadable below.