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Alert level: Severe Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus
Also detected as: No associated aliases
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.