The Cryptolocker ” ransom virus” is getting ever more clever.
This is how to avoid it. DO NOT UNZIP ATTACHMENTS in an email.
If you want to know more please do a search in your browser.
Microsoft have also got an article here.
Here is a summary of what they suggest to avoid getting it.
“How do I avoid ransomware?
There are several free ways to help protect your computer against ransomware and other malware:
Make sure to keep all of the software on your computer up to date. Make sure automatic updating is turned on to get all the latest Microsoft security updates.
Keep your firewall turned on.
Don’t open spam email messages or click links on suspicious websites.
Download Microsoft Security Essentials, which is free, or another reputable antivirus and anti-malware program.
Scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner.”
The main warning is not just how to avoid the virus installing, but to be vigilant regarding opening emails ALWAYS.
Tricky if this is your business email which gets lots of emails. As they adapt and change message and format of the email message and sender it could be quite easy to mistake an email contains the virus compared to a genuine one.
As an IT support and solutions provider we can advise and in some cases repair encrypted devices if you are one of the unlucky ones.
As soon as you get a warning message informing you that your files have been encrypted and ransom demand, unplug or switch off wifi or broadband connection.
Shut down the device and seek professional advice.
We cannot guarantee to recover your data, but doing this quickly may help.
Always make a seperate back up off critical files and documents and keep any back up hard drives offline when complete where possible.
And finally. Please do not pay any ransom. There is no guarantee your files will be unlocked and this is highly organised crime. Do you want them to have your credit or debit card details.