PC Workshop has come across some nasty virus’s in its time but this latest one has to be the worst as its threat to your files and memories cannot be removed and your data will be totally wiped out!
CryptoLocker is a ransom-ware virus created by criminals. It is being distributed using exploits in your computer security due to out-dated software. Common source of exploit are infected email messages, malicious websites and drive-by downloads.
After successful infiltration CryptoLocker encrypts files on the infected machine and demand to pay a ransom of £200 in order to unblock the computer and decrypt the files.
Paying this fine would be equal to sending one’s money to Cyber criminals and there are no guarantees that your files will ever be decrypted. In an ideal situation the owners of the infected computer should remove this virus and should recover their files from a backup.
HAVE A BACK UP OF FILES
CryptoLocker encrypts various types (.doc .xls .ppt .eps .ai .jpg .srw .cer) of files found on the compromised machine. Notice that while the removal process of this virus is not very complicated at the time of writing this article there are no known tools which could decrypt the encrypted files.
This means if you do not have a back up you have lost your files which are the most important part of all.
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