New malware claims it’s the FBI, shuts you down

Kathleen Atkins

A post by RetiredGeek in the Security & Backups forum alerts computer users to a report of a new scam claiming the FBI has shut down your machine.

The malware demands, via a popup, that you pay a ransom. Don’t do it. Read the post. More.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions that you may be able to provide responses to:

Office Applications    
General Productivity What is Office 365?
Word Processing Char styles not in document Styles collection for 2007
Spreadsheets Check for certain duplicates but not all
Databases Requesting dBASE dialog-migration guidance
Presentation Apps Replaying audio, PPT 2010
Visual Basic for Apps Need Excel VBA to cycle through chart objects and change data source
Microsoft Outlook Outlook 2010 freezes when .pst file above 1.4 GB
Non-Outlook E-mail Backup of Windows Live contacts and e-mails
Other MS Apps MS Project 2007 and 2010: Resource tracking
Windows 8 Problematic perception that Win8 is a problem?
General Windows How to clean hard drives?
Windows 7 Where did music files go?
  External drive letter changed
  Failed to find NTLDR error message
Windows Vista Install XP Pro desktop backup on Vista laptop?
Windows XP XP machine does continuous chkdsk and then locks up
Windows Servers MS Hypervisor SERVER and Dell OpenManage
Internet Explorer ssvagent.exe tries to open when I open IE9
Third-Party Browsers Any way to sign out of Gmail with one click?
Application Servers Got spam from Yahoo account to account
Networking Hardwired router security
Social Media Locked out of Facebook: Unauthorized ads message
Software Development
Windows Programming Odd batch-file error (Vista, XP)
Web Design & Development Need Web hosting with good spam filtering
Other Technologies
Non-Microsoft OSes MS bails out Apple: History lesson
Security & Backups Ransom malware warning issued by FBI
Hardware Anyone upgraded to SSD on laptop?
Graphics/Multimedia Video-card brand names
Other Applications Why is Python on my machine?

starred posts: particularly useful

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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.