As your Charlotte computer repair team we wanted to let you know of a new virus affecting the computer world Ransomware
Common Ransomware Threats Many computer users encounter the following threats:
FBI MoneyPak ransomware (Citadel Reveton)
U.S. Cyber Security ransomware
West Yorkshire Police Ukash
Internet Complaint Center (locks computer)
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From Wiki definition:
Ransomware (also referred to in some cases as cryptoviruses, cryptotrojans, cryptoworms or scareware) comprises a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Some forms of ransomware encrypt files on the system’s hard drive, while some may simply lock the system and display messages intended to coax the user into paying. Modern ransomware attacks were initially popular within Russia, but in recent years there have been an increasing number of ransomware attacks targeted towards other countries, such as Australia, Germany, and the United States among others.
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Micorsoft says this about ransomware
How do I avoid ransomware?
There are several free ways to help protect your computer against ransomware and other malware:
- Keep all of the software on your computer up to date. Make sure automatic updating is turned on to get all the latest Microsoft security updates.
- Keep your firewall turned on.
- Don’t open spam email messages or click links on suspicious websites.
- Download Microsoft Security Essentials, which is free, or use another reputable antivirus and anti-malware program. If you run Windows 8 or Windows RT, you don’t need Microsoft Security Essentials.
- Scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner.
What should I do if I have ransomware on my computer?
To detect and remove ransomware and other malicious software that might be installed on your computer, run a full-system scan with an appropriate, up-to-date, security solution. The following Microsoft products can detect and remove this threat:
- Windows Defender (built into Windows 8)
- Microsoft Security Essentials
- Microsoft Safety Scanner
- Windows Defender Offline (Some ransomware will not allow you to use the products listed here, so you might have to start your computer from a Windows Defender Offline disk.)
Our Charlotte computer repair team uncovered this article recently
Excerpt from NY Times on Ransomware
Essentially online extortion, ransomware involves infecting a user’s computer with a virus that locks it. The attackers demand money before the computer will be unlocked, but once the money is paid, they rarely unlock it.
In the vast majority of cases, victims do not regain access to their computer unless they hire a computer technician to remove the virus manually. And even then, they risk losing all files and data because the best way to remove the virus is to wipe the computer clean.
It may be hard to fathom why anyone would agree to fork over hundreds of dollars to a demanding stranger, but security researchers estimate that 2.9 percent of compromised computer owners take the bait and pay. That, they say, is an extremely conservative estimate. In some countries, the payout rate has been as high as 15 percent. NY Times Article
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