Your operating system has been flagged due to a violation of the following laws of the United States of America:
Child pornography statute 194.3
and/or child abuse statute 196.7
This IP address was used to view, download or store images of child pornography.
Accurate information about your computer as follows:
To unlock your computer or device you are obligated to pay a fine of $ 100 U. S. dollars.
You can pay the forfeit in two ways:
– Pay through MoneyPack
– Pay through PaySafeCard
The above is how the scam might look if you’d opened up a link to a dangerous website which delivers a nasty "ransomware" software which downloads onto your computer, freezes your operating system, and tries to extort you into paying money for supposedly viewing illegal content.
The Trojan is known as Citadel malware.
Even if you don’t comply with the fake request, the software is still installed on your system and can be used to commit other crimes, such as online banking and credit card fraud.
So what can you do to help prevent getting one of these things on your computer? Here are five good steps, and all of them are free:
- Keep your operating system updated. (Fixes any vulnerabilities.)
- Update your browser. (Same)
- Install anti-virus software. (Avira, AVG and Avast are well-reviewed and free.)
- Use a firewall. (Windows or ZoneAlarm are free.)
- Don’t open links you don’t trust.
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