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FBI PayPal Virus

Posted: May 6, 2013

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 5
First Seen: May 6, 2013
Last Seen: March 26, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

FBI PayPal Virus Screenshot 1The FBI PayPal Virus is a new variant of past Police Trojans (such as the FBI Moneypak Ransomware) that also display fake police warnings in an attempt to extort their victims for money, supposedly before their computers will be unlocked. The FBI PayPal Virus's attacks are accompanied by attempts to block other Windows programs and any ordinary usage of the Windows OS, as well as warnings regarding various laws that you've supposedly broken – most typically, ones involving online piracy or illegal subtypes of pornography. Contrary to its looks, the FBI PayPal Virus isn't a real representative of any law enforcement organization, and SpywareRemove.com malware experts discourage sending money through PayPal or any other method for unlocking your computer from an FBI PayPal Virus infection. A more cost-efficient way of removing the FBI PayPal Virus than paying its fake fine is simply to disable the FBI PayPal Virus with the means described in this article, followed by scanning your computer with a trustworthy anti-malware product.

Why the FBI PayPal Virus Isn't Your Pal – and Definitely Shouldn't Be Paid

The FBI PayPal Virus infiltrates your PC through any of several disingenuous methods, usually involving exposure to compromised websites, the presence of Trojan droppers or malicious links from sources like spam e-mail. When installed, the FBI PayPal Virus creates a pop-up that's designed to look as if it's sent by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, claiming to have locked your computer for its ties to illegal activities that can include viewing child pornography or downloading copyright-protected content.

The lengths to which the FBI PayPal Virus goes to look like a real law-enforcing program even extend to displaying a capture of your webcam feed inside its pop-up alert, which may make it look as though you're being monitored visually. However, SpywareRemove.com malware experts haven't seen the FBI PayPal Virus transmit any of this webcam-captured data back to any remote servers, and, of course, the FBI PayPal Virus is not affiliated with the real FBI, regardless of all else.

The only actual point behind the FBI PayPal Virus's pop-up warning, which is created without any regard for catching violators of the aforementioned regulations, is to force you to use Paypal to transfer money to real criminals. Because this cash transfer to the FBI PayPal Virus will not unlock your computer and actively rewards criminals for designing malicious Police Trojans like the FBI PayPal Virus, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers, naturally, discourage it as a solution to any FBI PayPal Virus infection.

Paying Evil Its Due with as Little Expense as Possible

Since the FBI PayPal Virus will try to block you from using other Windows applications, including ones that are necessary to ensure your PC's basic security, SpywareRemove.com malware research team recommends that you disable the FBI PayPal Virus as soon as possible. In typical cases, disabling the FBI PayPal Virus can be accomplished via either Safe Mode or by booting your computer from any USB drive-loaded OS. The same strategies also can be used to thwart similar Police Trojans to the FBI PayPal Virus such as the FBI MoneyPak Ransomware, the MoneyGram Virus, the Stop Online Piracy MoneyPak Virus, SOPA Ransomware, the FBI Cybercrime Division Virus, the FBI Ultimate Game Card Virus and 'FBI Your PC is blocked' Ransomware.

As soon as you can use your other applications again, you should launch a suitable anti-malware application to delete the FBI PayPal Virus. SpywareRemove.com malware analysts also have seen Police Ransomware Trojans related to the FBI PayPal Virus being installed by other Trojans, and the possibility of the presence of additional PC threats besides FBI PayPal Virus also should be taken into consideration whenever you're dealing with an FBI PayPal Virus infection.

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Additional Information

The following URL's were detected:
The following messages's were detected:
# Message
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Your PC is blocked due at least one of the reasons specified below.
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law. (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section 2, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 1, Section 2, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of 200 to 500 minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for 2 to 8 years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited Pornographic content (Child Porn/Zoophilia and etc). Thus violating Article 2, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Criminal Code of United States of America.