Published Aug 29, 2012 | Updated Jan 10, 2018


Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Aliases: FBI moneypak (other) Lockscreen (other) FBI virus (other)


Windows Defender Antivirus detects and removes this threat. 

This threat locks your and displays a full-screen message, commonly called a "lock screen".PC

It pretends to be from the or a national police force and tries to scare you into paying a fine to unlock your .FBIPC

Typically, this threat gets on your when you visit a hacked webpage.PC

Our  page has more information on this type of threat.ransomware FAQ

The trend towards increasingly sophisticated malware behavior, highlighted by the use of exploits and other attack vectors, makes older platforms so much more susceptible to ransomware attacks. From June to November 2017, Windows 7 devices were 3.4 times more likely to encounter ransomware compared to Windows 10 devices.

Read our latest report: .A worthy upgrade: Next-gen security on Windows 10 proves resilient against ransomware outbreaks in 2017

Microsoft doesn’t recommend you pay the fine. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will give you access to your files.

If you've already paid, see for help on what to do now.our ransomware page

Use the following free  software to detect and remove this threat:Microsoft

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware.

To restore your PC, you might need to . See our  for more and run Windows Defender Offlineadvanced troubleshooting page

You can also visit our  or search the for more help.advanced troubleshooting pageMicrosoft virus and malware community

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