Fake PRISM NSA Malware Making the Rounds

It was only a matter of time before it happened.  We’ve seen various law enforcement themed ransomware, from FBI Virus  to the  Department of Justice Virus.

The next version was bound to be related to the NSA’s domestic spying program, PRISM. Sure enough, someone has released malware pretending to be the US government, asking for a $300 ransom to unlock your computer, which has been locked because of illegal activity.



I may be stating the obvious, but if law enforcement wants your computer, they are coming and taking it with a warrant, not locking it down and demanding a ransom. Contact a professional computer repair technician to remove the ransomware and secure your computer against further attacks.


Should I Remove it?

One of the duties I perform most often for customers is cleaning out unwanted programs from their computers. Sometimes they are afraid to delete the program because they’re not sure if they may need it and other times they simply don’t know how to remove the program.

This is where Should I Remove It comes in. This small, free program scans your system and then helps you decide which programs to keep and which ones to trash.


The next screen lists the programs you have installed on your computer, and displays a bar graph that shows which programs other users have uninstalled.  In my example, many users have chosen to uninstall the ask.com toolbar (a wise choice!).


Click the uninstall button and walk through the uninstallation of your program.



Your computer now has a little less clutter installed on it.