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
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Databases Requesting dBASE dialog-migration guidance
Presentation Apps Replaying audio, PPT 2010
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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
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Windows
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
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  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
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Windows Servers MS Hypervisor SERVER and Dell OpenManage
Internet/Connectivity
Internet Explorer ssvagent.exe tries to open when I open IE9
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Third-Party Browsers Any way to sign out of Gmail with one click?
Application Servers Got spam from Yahoo account to Comcast.net account
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Networking Hardwired router security
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Social Media Locked out of Facebook: Unauthorized ads message
Software Development
Windows Programming Odd batch-file error (Vista, XP)
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Web Design & Development Need Web hosting with good spam filtering
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Other Technologies
Non-Microsoft OSes MS bails out Apple: History lesson
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Security & Backups Ransom malware warning issued by FBI
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Hardware Anyone upgraded to SSD on laptop?
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Graphics/Multimedia Video-card brand names
Other Applications Why is Python on my machine?

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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.