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Cryptolocker Virus Everyone Should Know About!
There is a virus that is circulating around that is particularly nasty. It is a ransomware or cryptolocker virus. It can infect your system from visiting (clinking on) malicious email links, weak web sites, random online corrupted search links, and junk spam adds.
Once infected, it will search your system and any server drives you may be connected to for Documents, Spreadsheets and personal files and lock them with a strong encryption code that is, to date, unbreakable.
The only way to decrypt the files and gain access to them again is to pay the ransom which was originally $100 but now a new variant is $300. Once paid they will decrypt your files.
Things to do proactively:
1. Remain calm, a few of you will freak out when you read. PLEASE DON’T. Just raise your level of awareness and precaution.
2. Be vigilant, education is the best prevention here. Don’t open any links in emails unless you are positive they are legitimate. Remember Official correspondence does not usually come through email. BBB, FBI, IRS, federal subpoenas, and even that man in Africa who needs your help.
3. You can usually tell something is a little odd or fishy, listen to your intuition.
4. Be prudent when searching the web for information. Don’t click on a searched link just because it might have something that looks like info you want. Look at the URL (address) it goes to and make sure it looks correct and legit. If you search Miley Cyrus you will probably in deep waters.
5. Cautiously search news and online search sites. Sites that have many links, weak protection or junky banners in general can be the target of these criminals.
6. If you suspect you are compromised tell someone immediately.
7. Most are protected from the traditional viruses and are backing up your data but there are many new variants that are online and finding new ways every minute of the day to infect unsuspecting users, nothing can protect you better than awareness and vigilance.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU OPEN
· Emails with attachments ending in .zip or anything with a .z in the extension
· Emails with attachments from people you do not know or people that you are not expecting anything
· Emails with attachments ending in .exe
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