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Cryptolocker – Torrentlocker – Do Not Fall For Them

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mso-ansi-language:EN-US;}New versions of Cryptolocker ( Torrent Locker ) are alive and well – I have seen 2 businesses  fall victim to these in the last few weeks – 1 had NO backup and 1 fortunately did.

Cryptolocker / TorrentLocker will install on your computer when you “ click ‘ to open an attachment in an email ( usually a ZIP file ) and it will install and gradually “ encrypt “ EVERYTHING on your hard drive.

You will then be unable to open any files

You will see instructions about how to get the encryption key if you pay the ransom ( maybe is the big word here )

What are your options ?

·       Pay the ransom and hope you get the key allowing you access to your files

·       Restore from backup and wipe your computer

Either way your computer will have to wiped and restored from a known good copy of windows.

To stop it running you should download CryptoPrevent which should stop it running and is currently your best choice.

Please note there can be no guarantee on this software or any software saving you.

CryptoPrevent

Will your antivirus save you : No

You MAY be able to decrypt it yourself but so far I have seen none of these work – still they are worth a try.

More information on decryption can be found here:

Tesla Crypt Decrypt It Yourself

Your Locker of Information for CryptoLocker Decryption

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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