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Saturday, 14 March 2015

CryptoLocker: A really nasty virus



The name is CryptoLocker. It is said to be the nastiest virus around.

Once you get it, you'll be getting into trouble... a big trouble.

Here's the explanation of the said virus;

The so-called "CryptoLocker virus" is an example of ransomware, a class of malware that, once it has infected a particular computer system, restricts access to that system until the user pays a ransom. CryptoLocker is a particular form of ransomware known as cryptoviral extortion, a scheme in which key files on the system's hard drive are encrypted and thus rendered inaccessible to the user unless and until that user pays a ransom to obtain a key for decrypting the files. 

The CryptoLocker worm is generally spread via drive-by downloads or as an attachment to phony e-mails disguised as legitimate messages from various business, such as fake FedEx and UPS tracking notifications. When a user opens such a message, CryptoLocker installs itself on the user's system, scans the hard drive, and encrypts certain file types, such as images, documents and spreadsheets. CryptoLocker then launches a window displaying a demand for ransom (to be paid in less-traceable forms such as Bitcoins and Green Dot Moneypaks) and a countdown timer showing the date and time before which the user must submit payment in order to obtain the decryption key before it is destroyed. -source-



You cannot get rid of this virus unless you wipe your computer completely.

But there are some ways to prevent your computer from being affected. Pretty much the same as how you prevent yourself from getting other virus! 


Taken from ezelovesse7en

P/S: Since the warning is still running around, I guess no one has found a way to solve this issue yet.






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