The cyber-criminals behind a threatening malware called CryptoLocker have infected computers around the world – from large company systems to home use computers. The virus has been hitting hard for the past six weeks or so, and, due to state-of-the-art encryption used, the only ones who have the key to unlock the files are the criminals themselves.
CryptoLocker is different from previous forms of ransomware. In the past, ransomware could be removed and you regained access to your files. Not so with this new extortion method. Even if the virus can be removed, there is no guarantee that your files will open.
You do not have to be a victim, but it is urgent that you take immediate action.
What can you do to keep the virus from locking up your important files forever?
1. Delete any suspicious looking emails.
The CryptoLocker virus usually is hidden in an ordinary PDF or ZIP file attachment coming seemingly from legitimate companies such as FedEx or UPS. If you open the file or click on a link within the email, you set the virus in motion. Anytime within the next several days, a ransom demand will pop up on your screen.
2. Install strong security software.
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3. Safely backup files to a safe, secure remote location.
Backup is the only way to reduce the risk of losing your files forever. The only backup methods that will be effective against this type of encryption virus are those that do not connect directly to your computer. Files stored on external hard drives or in cloud storage will not be effective against this virus. RESCUECOM offers a safe, secure, offsite backup location for your important files.
4. If you think your computer IS infected, check to make sure it’s really CryptoLocker. Cybercriminals may use fake ransomware to trick you into paying money though your computer is not actually infected. A professional computer service provider such as RESCUECOM provides the tech support you need to accurately diagnose your problem.
5. Ensure the safe removal of the virus.
Even some antivirus software can cause problems to your files if used incorrectly. A computer service professional is able to provide the accuracy you need to make sure that your operating system is completely free of damaging viruses, including this most recent malware.
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