Fake FBI Infection
Educating end users to help prevent most problems.
If you see either one of these screens you are infected with with the fake FBI infection which is a root kit.
What is a Root Kit?
A rootkit is a stealthy type of software, often malicious, designed to hide the existence of certain processes or programs from normal methods of detection and enable continued privileged access to a computer. The term rootkit is a concatenation of “root” (the traditional name of the privileged account on Unix operating systems) and the word “kit” (which refers to the software components that implement the tool). The term “rootkit” has negative connotations through its association with malware.
Rootkit installation can be automated, or an attacker can install it once they’ve obtained root or Administrator access. Obtaining this access is a result of direct attack on a system (i.e. exploiting a known vulnerability, password (either by cracking, privilege escalation, or social engineering)). Once installed it becomes possible to hide the intrusion as well as to maintain privileged access. The key is the root/Administrator access. Full control over a system means that existing software can be modified, including software that might otherwise be used to detect or circumvent it.
The only way to remove these types of infections is to back up your data, reformat your hard drive, and reload your operating system.
***YOU WILL LOSE ALL SOFTWARE***
Software includes but is not limited to, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook), QuickBooks, Quicken, Proprietary Business Software, etc… If you want your software reinstalled we will need to have your CD’s with the official activation key. We are able to, however, save the data created by those programs, as well as other documents, photos, music and videos.