Menlo Technology constantly tries to let their clients know current PC threats. Recently a new strain of fake ransomeware has shown up on new client machines trying to extort money from their victims. Please note: paying these people does nothing but drain your account. They do not work on a moral code where you pay once and they actually go away. They place hooks into your system and will skim your data and possibly choose to sell your identity or your money – of you bank on that machine, or even use social networks.
The warning says: “This copy of Windows is locked. You may be a victim of fraud or there may be an internal error,”
To regain control of the PC, users are told to reactivate Windows online or via a phone call. The former, however, is not available; a follow-up message instructs users to dial one of six telephone numbers, then enter a six-digit code to reactivate the operating system.
While they claim that the call is free, it is not. Also this is a general warning that the system should be backed up properly and rebuilt from scratch. Then properly protected.
Contact Menlo Technical today if you have been stung by this bug, and we will restore your data, and properly protect your computer.