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By: Tom

Malware Gets Nastier

Your Tri-State Better Business Bureau has learned more information about a piece of ransomware that seems to have been making the rounds since January of this year.  Computer users are now faced with a new piece of ransomware called cryptolocker.  This is one of the nastiest forms of malware of which I’ve heard.  The perpetrators require a $300.00 ransom for release of your computer. 

Here’s the problem.  Cryptolocker locks down your files and encrypts them so they are not accessible to you the user.  Even if you were to pay the computernappers the ransom, there’s no guarantee that will remove the malware, nor is it guaranteed that the ransomware has been removed.  Cryptolocker can infect business networks as well.

The cryptolocker ransomware has been around since January of this year, but at that time, the ransom was set for around $100.00, but this computernapping software is so bad that its developer raised the ransom to $300.00 to release the hostage files.  This is according to an article on the internet,  As of now, it appears that the computernappers do release your files and decrypt them. 

Your BBB wants to remind you that in a number of cases of malware and viruses, you could be infected through e-mail offers, visiting infected websites, or by unwanted popups. 

Unfortunately, there is no way to decrypt cryptolocker as of yet. 

If your computer has been infected with cryptolocker, you may have to pay the ransom if you don’t have your files backed up.  If your files are backed up, you also may need to make sure you have your program discs available so you can reinstall them.  If your systems aren’t backed up, this might be a good time to begin the process.  Another recommendation from computer experts is to reformat your drive and reinstall all programs and then restore your files.

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Tom is Vice President for the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. In addition to answering the needs of our accredited businesses, Tom can be seen on WEVV providing tips for businesses and consumers. He also works closely with other local media outlets to keep our community informed of marketplace issues affecting our area.