REDDING, Calif. -

Many are experiencing computer virus scams. Some of these scams that pop up on computer screens even say that money is owed to the FBI.

The tricky thing is these viruses can just pop up on your computer without you clicking a link.

"Most people expect to have to download an attachment or open an email for this one all you have to do is go to an infected website," said Andrea Elridge, CEO of Nerds On Call, a local computer repair company.

Elridge said all you have to do is stumble upon an infected website and your computer gets hit. Elridge said its called ‘ransom ware’ and there's various kinds.

"It’s really nasty, basically high jacks your computer and instructs you that you need to pay a fee or a fine of some sort to get your computer back," said Elridge.

Some of the screens that pop up look like the FBI is involved.

Here are some tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

  • Make sure you have an anti-virus software.
  • Make sure it updates automatically and frequently.
  • Don’t click on advertisements that might pop out of nowhere.
  • Never open unknown emails.
  • Avoid unfamiliar links.

If you do become infected, get your computer checked. Fixing it yourself isn’t recommended since pieces of the virus can be left behind.

"The FBI and the Internet Crime Center Complaint Center both recommend that you have a computer repair professional get the virus off your system to make sure that all of the pieces of it are gone,” said Elridge.

For more information visit:

www.malwarebytes.org
www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam