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FBI Ransom Virus Spreading Rapidly

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

Computer experts say a scam that locks your computer is spreading rapidly. It's called the FBI Ransom Virus because it holds your computer hostage until you pay a fine.

"YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED"

That's the bold red print you'll see on your monitor along with bolder accusations of "child pornography" violations.

David Moore in Spartanburg found those words splattered across his screen when he got home one day.

"It scared me. It looked really official, I mean the FBI logo, everything was on there and I was really concerned that it was official and I was about to get taken in," said Moore.

That's because the message says "You have 72 hours to pay the fine, otherwise you'll be arrested."

The scammers basically hijacked his computer, telling him the only way to unlock it was to buy a prepaid card, load $300 on it, and give them the money.

Ronnie Jolly, a computer repairman says it's known as FBI Ransom Malware, and it's so widespread, today he had 5 computers infected with that virus in his workshop.

We asked: "Does this get onto your computer by clicking on something or is just by visiting the wrong website, what is it?

"A lot of it is just pop-ups. It'll pop up and say you want to do something. You've got yes, no or cancel. Well yes no or cancel all do the same thing, they install. So never click on a pop-up, just the x in the corner to close it."

He adds the true source is still unknown. The best way to avoid it is keep your computer software updated, that includes your Internet browser, Microsoft, java and anti-virus program.  If you don't have an anti-virus program, you can get one for free at Avast and AVG.

Moore didn't send the money. He called the real FBI instead.

"They said, no if you had that problem with your computer, we wouldn't send you an email, we'd come to you," he laughed.

The scare tactic didn't trick him in the end, but he was left with a computer repair bill. His message, be careful where you click.

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