DANGEROUS VIRUS ALERT: Cryptolocker
Cryptolocker is a new virus that behaves somewhat differently to those we have seen before. Cryptolocker belongs to a category of viruses known as ransomware. These don’t just slow your machine down and cause a nuisance, they deliberately (and criminally) set out to extort money from you.
Previous examples of ransomware locked up your computer and demanded a fee to unlock your computer. These threats were usually cleaned up just by using a good quality anti-virus program.
Cryptolocker is different: your computer and software will continue to run but when it is launched, Cryptolocker quietly encrypts the files (documents, pictures, spreadsheets, etc) on your computer and on the network. The first you know about it is when the Ransom message pops up.
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