Ransom Cryptolocker is a newer variant of so-called “ransom malware” that locks a computer until the user pays for a “key”. First noted by BitDefender anti-virus labs in late October, this malicious software will ruin your day. In a big way.
Read the whole article here: http://homepreneurs.net/2013/11/25/new-malware-infection-unbreakable-crypto-ransom-demand/
And take these steps:
Here are some steps you should take to avoid or at least reduce your chances of infection:
- Back up your data. Do it now. Do it regularly. If you can’t afford to lose it, BACK IT UP!
- Ensure your anti-virus, anti-malware or similar are UP TO DATE!
- If the anti-virus software you run is expired, purchase a new solution. pcmag.com lists their top 3 anti-virus programs for 2013: Three products share the Editor’s Choice honor for best overall antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (2014)$39.95 at BitDefender, Norton AntiVirus (2014)$49.99 at Norton, and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013$19.99 at Webroot.
- Do not open unexpected or unknown emails. The IRS, FBI, and other government sites will never email you. They will send via the Post Office or come knocking at your door. UPS and FedEx deliver packages to you and leave notices if you are not available. They do not email.
- Finally, never pay a ransom to anyone. If you see the warning message above, contact one of the several antimalware websites listed and get disinfected. If not, bring your computer to a local expert that specializes in antivirus removal.
- New Malware Infection with Unbreakable Crypto, Ransom Demand (homepreneurs.net)
- CryptoLocker: Ransomware Back with Vengeance? (gfi.com)
- Ten-Thousand CryptoLocked-Out (securitywatch.pcmag.com)