Malware (including viruses, worms, and trojans) come in a variety of different forms. They can also infect your computer in many ways; opening an email, downloading a file online, or even visiting an unreliable website. However, there’s a new trojan being spread around, unfortunately, quite quickly. Meet the CryptoLocker. While some viruses target your computer to display annoying advertisements or slow your computer performance, this one does neither of those. Here’s some information about the evil malware.
Mostly sent through email attachments and found on phishing sites, the CryptoLocker does exactly as the name implies: Encrypts files, and locks them. Encrypting refers to changing something into an unreadable format, which can be decrypted, or undone, yet is very difficult for higher encrypted methods. For example, you have a file named “Important.txt” and inside is some information you were storing. Inside this files says “Don’t forget to…” Once encrypted, the contents of the file may read “Yabdonsg usdhorgasbc jdso…” Looks strange, but this is encrypting the data. D would turn into Yabd, apostrophe to , T to sg, and so on. Reversing this action is possible by turning Yabd to D,  to apostrophe, sg back to T. This is decrypting.
As all of your files become encrypted, or corrupt, the only way to even open any files, important data or even system information, is to pay money to the malware operators. They give a time limit, typically 100 hours, to input your credit information to a pop-up or pay using bitcoins (digital currency, used on online purchases or video games). After paying the required amount of $300, you’re lead to believe they will give you an activation key and your files will be restored to normal again (decrypted to the original state). The operators of the CryptoLocker received over $3million, as of January 16, 2015, and not everyone who pays will even get their files back. Some reports say that after paying, the code never appears and the computer must be restored.
There currently are no tools to help rid the CryptoLocker without locking your content forever. So currently the only way to stop the CryptoLocker is by preventing it. To prevent from such a harmful virus, you could bring your computer to us, at Computers on the Run, to secure your information in case of attack. If you do get the CryptoLocker, we can also help to restore your computer
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