11/01/2013

CryptoLocker: What It Is & How to Prevent It

The new malware on the block is Cryptolocker, which belongs to a particular strain of malware referred to as “ransomware.” Ransomware gets its name from the ransom it demands while holding your computer hostage. Cryptolocker asks for $300 in exchange for decrypting your files that it has locked down.

This post from Malwarebytes has all the details: http://blog.malwarebytes.org/intelligence/2013/10/cryptolocker-ransomware-what-you-need-to-know/



How does Cryptolocker get on my computer?
This ransomware is spread through email attachments. Read our previous post on malware for tips on avoiding harmful email attachments.

Is there anything that can protect my computer from Cryptolocker?
The only proven preventative tool is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro. If you have this running and Cryptolocker tries to attack your computer, it will be blocked. However, if you do not have Malwarebytes running and Cryptolocker gets on your computer, there is nothing that the software can retroactively do to remove it.

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What happens if Cryptolocker succeeds in holding my computer ransom?
You are at risk of losing your computer’s files beyond recovery. If you have a backup that is NOT stored on your computer, then your files can be restored from that. Backups stored locally are at risk of infection.

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