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Cryptolocker Virus Alert: How to protect yourself

Virus Alert

As if spyware, adware, and trojans weren’t bad enough, how about Ransomware?  It seems hackers have found a new way to infect our computers.  The problem is, once it’s on your system there isn’t anything you can do about it.  If you have cryptolocker on your system, it’s already too late.  The only way to get your files back is to pay the ransom.  Are you going to trust the hackers who just encrypted all your files to unlock them if you pay their fee?

About Cryptolocker virus

  • It’s Ransomware.  That means to unlock your files, the hackers demand you pay a ransom.
  • It disguises itself as a legitimate attachment in emails and websites
  • Even the best virus protection programs may not detect Cryptolocker
  • Even if detected and removed, your important files may still be locked and impossible to open
  • Cryptolocker may be easy to remove from your computer, but unlocking your files is highly infeasible if not impossible.

Protecting yourself from Cryptolocker virus

  • Do not open email attachments from people you don’t know or trust
  • If an email attachment or link seems suspicious, contact the sender directly first to make sure they actually sent you that email
  • Keep up-to-date virus protection and firewall (No guarantee)
  • The ONLY fail safe solution is to have a good backup Go as far to even keep a backup of your backups of all of your important files. Keep more than one backup, I suggest having at least two backup drives.  Do a backup at least weekly if not daily.   Keep your backup drive separate and unconnected from your system as this virus can jump from drive to drive.    Keep at least one backup that you never connect back to your system just in case one of your backups become infected

USB flash drives, in my opinion, are one of the best solutions for making a backup.  Don’t let their small sizes fool you.  These tiny guys can pack a ton of Gigabytes.  Some up to 128GB!  Plus they are highly portable and convenient.

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