Is there a way to remove the SOPA virus?

Episode 917 (2:24:21)

Brandy from Arizona

Brandy's husband got bit by a computer virus called the SOPA Virus which has locked down their computer and says if they don't pay a fine, they'll get arrested. Leo says that's a lie and a very sophisticated one. This is ransomware and it's holding the computer ransom until they pay up. Head over to for help on how to unlock your computer and don't pay that fine!

Even after that, chances are, the computer has been infected by more malware since the first thing malware does is open the computer up to more viruses. So they may have to back up the data, format the hard drive, and reinstall and update Windows from a known, good source.