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 PC and displays a full-screen message, commonly called a "lock screen".

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

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

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

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.