A new scareware campaign is putting a nasty twist to those online scams
that try to frighten you into purchasing worthless antivirus protection.
PandaLabs virus hunter Sean-Paul Correll has discovered an attack that
not only bombards you with obnoxious sales pitches – it also prevents
you from opening any of your applications until you make a purchase.
“It’s a major leap,” says Correll. “We have not seen this before.”
Six months ago, promos were being circulated for something called
"FileFix Pro." This particular scam began by encrypting files stored in
the My Documents folder of the victim's PC. Pitches would then follow to
buy FileFix Pro to decrypt the files.