Cryptolocker is a malware or ransomware threat that has been in the news quite a bit lately. It infects your computer and then searches for files to encrypt. It not only searches your local hard drive, but it will also encrypt your thumb drive data and shared network drives you have access to.
In addition it will look for files that you have access to in the cloud and encrypt those also. It currently only targets computers running a Windows Operating System.
Once your computer is infected, files are encrypted, and you will lose access to them. The virus will then display a screen indicating that your files will be destroyed if you do not pay a ransom in a certain time.
The most common way a computer gets infected with Cryptolocker is through e-mails with unknown attachments. Even though the attachment may look legitimate (PDF File, Word File, Excel File), it is in fact a fake and is an executable file that infects your system. It may also come from websites that require you to download a “plug-in” or other type of file.
Although, a good anti-virus program can remove the Cryptolocker, they are unable to decrypt your data.
If you feel that your computer has been infected, or are worried that it may become infected, email or call ACS 877-404-8224 and learn how we can help protect your computer and network against Cryptolocker.
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