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# 179274 2-Sep-2015 21:21
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While surfing tonight, the following browser window popped up several times. Restarting my Firefox resulted in it reloading several times, with the timer at the top right continuing to countdown. The page has been designed to look scary (and it mentions the NZ Police towards the end). Has anyone else seen this before, and is it legit? Note that I wasn't looking at any of the type of pages they state I was.

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  # 1378566 2-Sep-2015 21:24
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City: Tauranga, Region, Gisborne hahahahahahhahahahahaha

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  # 1378567 2-Sep-2015 21:24
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Well if you haven't been looking that stuff up that it says you have been looking up, Im going to guess its a fake. Just trying to get your $$$


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  # 1378568 2-Sep-2015 21:25
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I know :) I'm just about to update and run Malwarebytes and scan the machine but wanted to see if anyone had seen this before?

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  # 1378570 2-Sep-2015 21:26
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looks like "ransomware" to me.....

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  # 1378573 2-Sep-2015 21:35
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A little Googling indicates this may be an "FBI Virus". Good thing I'm scanning my hell I'm paying anything!

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  # 1378636 2-Sep-2015 23:27
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Its also known as the ukash virus - ransomware.

The ukash variant is known for encrypting your files and charging a fee to unencrypt them.

I would check the task manager and make sure there are no odd looking processes running that have image paths in weird places for exe files to be sitting - you can switch on the image path column to make it easier to see.

If you do see something that looks like it might be actively encrypting files then kill it and back up your document files.

But from your screenshot it appears its probbaly just a web browser window and should be okay. Check those processes anyway.

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  # 1378666 3-Sep-2015 06:08
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I ran Malwarebytes and it found an .exe that was suspicious and removed it - PUP.Optional.Amonetize. I suspect it was related to this pop-up.

Thanks for all the suggestions :)


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  # 1378761 3-Sep-2015 09:20
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I've been told by a client of a similar scam where it purported to be from the NZ Police and had used my clients webcam to take a photo of them to insert in the ransomeware page - now thats spooky.

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