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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:19 AM

Why do taxpayers pay the stupid FBI for doing nothing to protect U.S. citizens online?

I've had my computer locked several times, while these same fools who now blame the FBI overtly blamed the National Security Agency for disruptions to my internet service; so I contacted the NSA. For some odd reason, the day after I phoned them, Comcast shut down all their internet in the city where I reside, for several hours. When I phoned Comcast to find out why my high-speed internet was off line, they claimed it was because they were performing a "system upgrade." Now I want to know why the stupid FBI cannot solve these obvious crimes and make some arrests, instead of warning us with their silly FBI web site.

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam/new-internet-scam

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Reply Why do taxpayers pay the stupid FBI for doing nothing to protect U.S. citizens online? (Original post)
Jeffersons Ghost Feb 2013 OP
Jeffersons Ghost Feb 2013 #1
Marrah_G Feb 2013 #2
Jeffersons Ghost Feb 2013 #6
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #3
Jeffersons Ghost Feb 2013 #5
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #7
Earth_First Feb 2013 #4
magellan Feb 2013 #8

Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:55 AM

1. read this one and K&R. my other OP will be in numerous news papers later

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Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:03 AM

2. I suggest:

http://www.malwarebytes.org

free version works great

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:53 AM

6. my solution worked extremely well, but thanks for the advice

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Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:40 AM

3. Are you saying you want the FBI to run your antivirus program on your computer?

Or are you saying you want the FBI to have the ability to monitor the internet over the whole world, and then to be able to arrest anyone, anywhere? Because if you think the FBI should have sorted this out by now, that's the kind of power you would need to give them.

The internet and web are international objects. The FBI doesn't have total control over them. Neither does it control your computer, so it cannot keep it free of malware.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:51 AM

5. you should all read the link and see the scam they discribe

obviously the last two replies failed to read the link

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Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:01 AM

7. I did read it; it's about malware that pretends to be the FBI, fining the owner

If you think this has happened to you, and that the FBI should have stopped this, you either think the FBI should have prevented you picking up the virus from a website you visited, by having control of your computer, or you think that the FBI should have arrested the perpetrators of the blackmail - but it's an international scam.

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Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:47 AM

4. The FBI can do very well to stay out of my computer, thank you very much... n/t

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Response to Jeffersons Ghost (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:10 AM

8. It's impossible for the FBI

...or any entity for that matter, to police the entire internet and chase down every online scammer. And frankly I wouldn't want them doing that. Part of the beauty of the internet is its freedom. With that comes the onus of responsibility for each user to protect themselves as best they can from the criminals who will always be there, waiting to take advantage, just as in the real world. And as in the real world, sometimes no defense is enough.

I'm sure if the FBI can nail the person/people behind this particular scam they will. Otherwise consider yourself lucky to have escaped without paying their ransom.

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