Today many users in the United States of America and even Canada often get a scary notification allegedly coming from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the US Department of Justice). It actually says many scary things to users, but the most scary thing about it is that the virus actually locks the entire screen of the infected computer without giving a chance to user to do anything with it. In particular, users are often accused by the locker of committing various crimes online, such as watching extremely sinful content over the world wide web, spreading massive spam through the infected PC, using illegal samples of software, movies and audio recordings in violation of copyright law. Of course, doing all the above-mentioned things is a bad practice, but you haven’t ever done anything like that, have you? The truth about this locker is that it has nothing to do with FBI. No, this is the product developed by hackers and cyber fraudsters specifically for the purpose of stealing funds from users by means of scaring and deceiving them. This type of infection in the form of screen locker is often referred to as ransomware, i.e. the program that asks for certain ransom to be paid in favor of the crooks who developed it. In particular, when the warning “Your computer has been locked” comes up and once the desktop is entirely locked, users are instructed by the malware developers to pay some fine, forfeit (ransom) in order to unlock it. This offer is presented as if the money supposedly goes into the state budget (treasury), however, the money only goes into the pockets of the crooks and liars.
So, if your computer has been locked by FBI ransomware infection, do not hurry up to pay money in favor of the crooks that elaborated this desktop hijacker. By the way, the fraudsters instruct users to pay the money by means of GreenDot MoneyPak payment processing system. Please never do like you’re instructed by the malware developers. Once you actually obey their instructions you will lose your funds and will never get them back.
Thus, the warning saying that "Your computer has been locked" by FBI is a faulty alert that must be totally ignored by you. The right solution is to disregard any information you hear from this scary notification. And, of course, you need to do something else to unlock your system and start using it again. By the way, restarting the computer doesn’t help to unlock it, no matter how many times you try. You need to do something else to unblock it, and this is why we’ve published this article – to assist you the best we can in order to implement this worthwhile goal. Please consider the removal guide that will help you get rid of this nasty Trojan on your PC that has nothing to do with FBI (DOJ).