The Cryptolocker virus has been around since September of this year, and it's already causing some serious damage to the pocketbooks of everyone around the world.
As soon as you open the attachment it starts it's fiendish work, it contacts it's host which orders it to go through your important files (.doc, .jpg, .xls, etc.) and encrypt them, making them impossible for you to access on your computer. Most people don't even notice a slow-down in their computer speed, or any other warning signs of a virus, the first indication is when you can't open a file that you were able to access earlier. After 1-3 days it will ask for money, anywhere from $100-$300 dollars to decrypt your files and allow you to access them again. It does this by popping up with a demand for the money, otherwise in 3-4 days it will delete the file necessary to remove the encryption, leaving your files permanently encrypted.
If you decide to not pay the fee your files will remain encrypted with no way for you to access them, indefinitely... at least until someone breaks the code, or finds the code necessary to decrypt your files.
1. Don't open any unknown attachments in your e-mails and make sure you let others know about this virus, the more who know about it the harder it is for it to spread.
2. A good anti-virus can also stop the infection from ever starting, by blocking it from downloading itself onto your computer. Let us know if you need any advice on which anti-virus would be the best fit for you.
3. All of the experts agree that keeping back-ups of all your important files can help if you do get infected. If you're infected while using our Back-up service, we can restore your computer to a time before the virus infected it and then restore all of your important files and documents to the time we last did a backup.
Make sure to hand out extra candy to anyone you see dressed as a cryptolocker!
Now... how do I dress like a cryptolocker?