If you’re seeing popups from something called the Internet Crime Complaint Center, you’ve been targeted with a piece of malware desinged to scare you with false claims. This is a serious computer infection, but you shouldn’t believe anything it tells you. The Internet Crime Complaint Center is a real thing—some sort of FBI project set up to help web users report crimes—but it has nothing to do with these phony popups you’re seeing.
The popups will contain this text:
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Department of Federal Bureau of Investigation
Threat of prosecution reminder
You have been violating Copyright and Related Rights Law (Video, Music, Software) and illegally using or distributing copyrighted content, thus infringing Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright of the Criminal Code of United States of America. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Criminal Code provides for a fine of two to five hundred minimal wages or a deprivation of liberty for two to eight years.
You have been viewing or distributing prohibited pornographic content (child porn, zoofilia, etc.) thus violating article 202 of the Criminal Code of the United States of America. Article 202 of the Criminal Code provides for a deprivation of liberty for four to twelve years.
Again, if you’re seeing this, take none of it seriously. These crooks are just trying to scare you into handing over money. It’s all a scam. Do not follow the link to submit your payment, and keep your credit card information far away.
The best way to prevent pests like this is to have a good antispyware program running at all times. But if you already have this infection, it’s too late for that. Fortunately, I can show you how to get rid of this junk manually.
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