This is the worst virus I have read about and this is the first version of a virus that will undoubtedly be adapted and modified as time goes on.
What does CryptoLocker do ?
After you have the virus it will encrypt and infect the files on your computer , network storage and detachable storage , this means you cannot open them.
It will put a countdown clock on your desktop on that gives you 96 hours to pay $100 – $300 to an account so you can get the key to decrypt your encrypted files.
If you cannot get them decrypted you have effectively lost everything on your computer.
How Do You Get the Virus?
You will open a link in an email from a bank , parcel delivery company etc that will get you to check details in a PDF or document , attached to that document is an executable file that will run CryptoLocker when you click on that file.
What Should You Do If You Get It
Get that computer off the internet
Get someone in who knows what this virus looks like to make sure it is CryptoLocker and not just a ransomware virus , there is a difference.
If it is CryptoLocker and this pains me to say it , pay the ransom in hope you may get the encryption key and be able to access your files.
If you get your files back ( big if , but some have been known to get them ) back them up , wipe the computer and restore the operating system from a known source , do all updates and then reload your software and documents
If you have a good backup that you can access and that works then do not pay the ransom , just wipe wipe the computer and restore the operating system from a known source , do all updates and then reload your software and documents
How Do You Avoid It ?
Keep your system updated, Windows updates automatic and optional , Adobe updated ( reader and flash ) , Java updated
Treat emails with great suspicion and switch to an online email account such as Gmail from Google
What About Online Backups ?
If you use online backups, disconnect them from your computer asap ( Crashplan , Carbonite , Dropbox , Skydrive ) in case encrypted files are uploaded.
Will My Antivirus Get It ?
From what I have read and listened to, no, they are weeks away and currently have no solution
There is one piece of software that may help you Cryptoprevent but it is what you do that counts.
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