Can You Prevent Cryptolocker From Infecting Your Computer

Cryptolocker is still infecting and encrypting hard drives on a regular basis. I have written articles on Cryptolocker previously.  Ransomware – Cryptolocker – It Is Getting Worse Cryptolocker – Could You Get It Can You Prevent It Can you stop it running through a software solution ? Try CryptoPrevent  and or Malwarebytes Prevention but there is no long-term guarantee these will continue working as the Crypto variants are continually evolving.  You need to backup and my strong advice is a regular offsite backup that is not connected to your computer  Stop opening emails that are not meant for you. I would also route your email through Gmail as Google appear to be doing a good job at flagging these emails that are causing computers to be infected.

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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/ Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:6.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:107%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:15.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; color:#595959; mso-themecolor:text1; mso-themetint:166; 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… Read More

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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… Read More

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Cryptolocker – Torrentlocker – Do Not Fall For Them

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What Did I Discuss On Radio – 8th Oct

Cryptolocker What is Cryptolocker ? Cryptolocker is malicious software that encrypts files and asks for a ransom to make them available again . This software is constantly changing to avoid detection  Was there money to be made from this , the “mastermind “ from Russia who was arrested reportedly made $100 million dollars  How do You Get Cryptolocker ? This occurs after you click a link in an email  This link will be something that looks like it was from Australia Post , Telstra , Energy Australia currently , asking you to confirm your details . Files on your computer and network drives are then encrypted and a ransom demanded within a certain timeframe , you can have in some cases only 72 hours before a decryption key is supplied to unlock files. If no ransom is paid, the hackers threaten to never allow access to the files Large organisations… Read More

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