CryptoLocker Ransom Malware- How to Handle Decryption of Your Files
What is Crypto Locker? A tech explanation of the malware of the year.
If you see this- It is already too late- You are experiencing CryptoLocker
What is CryptoLocker?
Sounds a little scary right? CyptoLocker, is a Trojan Malware that targets computers that are running Microsoft Windows. Just as the Trojan’s name suggests, it encrypts the files on your computer and holds the key to unlocking the encryption ransom until you pay the creator a sum of money (typically in the form of bitcoins).
CyptoLocker, was first observed by Dell SecureWorks in September 2013. The Trojan arrives as an email attachment, and will appear to be sent by a legitimate company such as UPS. The attachment comes as a ZIP file, which contains an executable file with the file name and the icon disguised as a PDF, but is actually a .EXE. Windows has a default behavior of hiding the file extension from the file name, which makes disguising the .EXE easy.
Ransomware that can not be negotiated with
Once the attachment is opened and CryptoLocker is downloaded to your computer, it installs itself and begins to encrypt the files on your machine. The encryption will effect documents, video, photo's of all file types. At first, you may not notice what is happening, shortly thereafter a window will pop up on your screen explaining what has happened, and provide you with direction on how to recover your files. Unfortunately, without the key to unlock the files, your files will be lost, and the only way to recover this key is to pay the ransom and recover them.
Easy enough, right? For some individuals, perhaps, but for others the task of paying the ransom to the CryptoLocker, creators using Bitcon’s and then knowing what to do next, is a task within itself.
You are experiencing Ransomware- AND YOUR FILES ARE IN DANGER
How to recover your files from Cryptolocker
Once you pay the ransom, you may not know what to do, or worse yet- Do you know how to pay the ransom if you find yourself in a CryptoLocker choke hold? Many do not, so my advice is to find someone, a professional IT person that has experience not only with Ransom-ware, but with this ransom ware, CryptoLocker Ransom Ware. Crypto Locker Virus Decryption and Removal Services are offered by a couple of companies. Using one can help insure that you recover the files in time.
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