The latest, and most dangerous, virus.
A lot of people who are surfing the web were unlucky enough to have their machine infected with cryptolocker, a type of virus that encrypts every file on the targeted computer until the owner will pay a certain amount of money to the original programmer of the virus. After he does so, the individual will be able to gain access to a decryption key to unlock his\her files. A lot of websites have actually offered information about this 2013 computer virus, but many of them have gotten it all wrong. With the scope of clearing things out, in the following paragraphs we will take a closer look at what this virus is, what it can do and if there is any way you can get rid of it.
What is CryptoLocker?
You should know that CryptoLocker is basically a ransomware program which was released at the beginning of September 2013. The way it works when it comes to encrypting files is by using a mixture of AES and RSA encryption and after your files are fully encrypted, you’ll receive a message stating that you have 4 days or ninety six hours to send in a payment of 100 or 300 dollars if you want to access your files again.
The virus will also display a message telling you that if you do not pay the ransom in the allocated time, the key required for decrypting the files will be destroyed and you know what that means. If you want to pay though, you’ll need to pay using a certain amount of bitcoin. Some people have actually paid the ransom and they indeed had their files decrypted.
CryptoLocker and Network Shares
If you’re worried about being infected with this aggressive type of spyware, then you should know that it will only encrypt data that’s stored on network shares if on the infected computer, the shared folders are mapped as a drive letter. Even though online you may find some articles saying otherwise, CryptoLocker doesn’t encrypt data on a network by making use of UNC shares. It’s very much recommended that you’ll secure all of your open shares by allowing only writable access to the necessary authenticated users or user groups. By using this vital security principle, you’ll shield yourself from a host of other types of infections, including CryptoLocker.
Can CryptoLocker be removed?
If you’ve been infected with it and you couldn’t find any cryptolocker removal help out there, then you don’t have to worry about this at all. Fix my PC Store is the most qualified computer repair store in Palm Beach County when it comes to removing the CryptoLocker malware, so you can finally access your precious files again.
The virus removal process is short, but sometimes it takes a bit longer depending on how many files you have on your computer. However, the good news is that at the end of the day, you will be able to access your files again without actually paying any type of ransom. So what are you waiting for? If you’ve been infected with CryptoLocker and you want to have access again to those sensitive files, be sure you get in touch with Fix my PC Store as soon as possible!