New computer scammers – this time child porn accusations against users

In another way to frighten people, new scareware is warning people that your computer contains child pornography. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre warned that this type of scareware is new but is plaguing computer users.

The message demands money [usually $100] in order to fix the problem. People have received pop-up messages on their computers claiming to be from the RCMP or CSIS or the Federal Government of Canada.

Like previous scareware, no government would resort to pop-up messages [they would use the “normal” means like a visit by the RCMP or local police].

The message is coming from a pop-up window and if you click on the window it will lock up your computer.

If you’ve been “locked out” of your computer, it’s an indicator that your system has probably been infected with malware.

What may fix this problem is the following (but don’t use your web browser to do so):

* Shut down the computer with the power button, turn it back on and see if the message reappears.

* Reset Internet Explorer’s settings without opening it [consult the Internet from another computer if you don’t know how].

* Update your computer’s anti-virus definitions and do a full scan.

* Check with some type of anti-malware software.

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