Computer Security

Cryptolocker – Could You Get It & Can You Prevent It

Cryptolocker is a ransomware trojan that targets windows computers and is activated and run when people click and run an infected email attachment.

The most common one in Australia is the Australia Post email attachment 

After clicking this link your files will be encrypted ( you cannot access your files unless you have the encryption key ) and you have choices:

  • Pay the ransom – only and only if you have not backed up and there is NO guarantee you will get the key to open your files
  • Wipe your computer and reinstall from a known good copy of Windows , this will have to be done even if you pay the ransom and get access to your files 
  • Restore your files from a backup ( you do backup, dont you ) after you have wiped your computer and reinstalled from a known good copy of Windows 

Can you STOP your computer getting Cryptolocker ?

Yes with two choices

You can run Cryptoprevent , there is a FREE edition

There is information on the new Malwarebytes AntiRansomware software which you can download from here

Malwarebytes AntiRansomware software

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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