(KPEL) -- The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana is warning residents about a new scam involving a virus known as "ransomware."

The BBB says the virus encrypts the user's hard drive, then flashes a "warning" that informs the user he has violated federal law by visiting child pornography websites. In order to regain control of the hard drive, the "warning" asks you to pay a "fine".

"Don't believe it!" says BBB of Acadiana Vice President Connie Marcantel. "Don't fall for it. Don't click anything."

The website www.IC3.com has some helpful tips if you think your computer is infected.

· If you have received this or something similar DO NOT follow payment instructions.

· Be aware that infected computers may not operate normally.

· If the malware isn’t removed, your computer could be used to commit online banking and credit card fraud against you and other people.

· If you suspect that your computer is infected, you should contact a local IT expert for assistance in removing the malware.

· Start your search for trustworthy companies at www.bbb.org.

· In addition, please file a complaint at www.IC3.gov.