Malware-Virus Prevention

Ransomware – Cryptolocker – It Is Getting Worse

Ransomware is easy to understand but hard to beat. It infects the machine, encrypts all files and then demands payment to get the files back. Ransomware works so well that most variants will even remove themselves when the damage is done, knowing you have the choice of either paying the ransomware author to get your files back, or risk losing them forever.

— https://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2016/01/introducing-the-malwarebytes-anti-ransomware-beta/


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mso-fareast-language:JA;}What you need to do – backup is number 1 as , if you become infected the scorched earth policy takes place – your computer will have to wiped back to factory settings and reloaded from a known good copy of Windows.

Try and also have a backup that is done on a regular basis but is not connected to the computer on a permanent basis.

If you fall victim you will have lost access to everything – its encrypted and you will need the key to unencrypt it ( that’s why you pay the ransom ) – if you do decide to pay you probably will not get the key.

It will not go away – people sometimes think it will 

Your antivirus will not help you

Take a good look at emails you are opening – Zip files ( don’t open them ), invoices , need you to check details, parcel deliveries – when it doubt and you should doubt – don’t open them.

If you are receiving multitudes of these emails consider moving to Gmail or Outlook.com ( the online version) – they will in most cases flag and remove.

There are also reports that infected webpages can infect your computer:

A Popular Toymakers Website Is Giving Visitors Ransomware

This site was exploiting outdated Java , Flash Player or Silverlight Plug Ins

Can you stop it running ?

Try CryptoPrevent  and or Malwarebytes Prevention but there is no longterm guarantee these will continue working as the Crypto variants are continually evolving. 

It is your actions that count :

 

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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