The CryptoLocker Virus saw a 50% increase in 2015 and shows no signs of slowing down. Experts found over 58% of corporate PC’s had a malware infection attempted. The ransomware trojan is malware that effects access to your computer and demands users to pay a ransom for the restriction to be removed. This trojan is a malicious computer program that persuades users to install it by appearing to be routine or helpful. First reported in 2013, it targets computers running windows. CrytoLocker is propagated via infected email attachments, it displays a message offering to decrypt the data being held hostage via a prepaid cash voucher or bitcoin payment by a specific deadline. The monetary demand can range in price from $200 to 5,000 for an individual PC. The virus then saves itself to a folder and adds a registry key to run every time the computer starts up.
How to avoid the CryptoLocker Virus.
- It is always recommended to have a data back up system or a copy of your files.
- Be wary of emails from senders that aren’t familiar, especially with attachments.
- Train employees what to watch for and be alert of potential viruses.
- When in doubt, do not open suspect attachments.
- Establish stronger security processes.
What to do if infected by the CrytoLocker Virus
- Do not pay the ransom! There is no guarantee your computer will be released once ransom is paid. It will also propagate the virus and monies paid to online criminals.
- Unplug your machine right away. Make sure it is disconnected from the internet, you might be able to save some files from being encrypted.
- Take your PC to a local trusted computer consultant or IT Provider.