Off-Topic Warning- New Computer Malware! Microsoft Users

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  1. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Please be aware of a new computer virus, called Crypto Locker, that is going around.This is being spread in the form of emails that appear to be from banks or other financial institutions. The email attachments are malware that can install CryptoLocker, even if you have anti-virus software on your machine.

    CryptoLocker encrypts files on the infected machine and the local network it is attached to. Once encrypted, the computer will demand a payment of two Bitcoins - around £526 - in exchange for the decryption key.

    How will I know if I am infected?
    It will appear on your screen in a similar format to the below:

    Crypto Locker.

    What damage will it do?

    Unless you have taken a backup you will lose all the encrypted files! And if you are on a shared network you will also spread the virus to other machines!

    Precautions:

    • Always exercise caution before opening any email attachments.
    • Do not open any email attachments from a source that you are unfamiliar with or you are not expecting to receive an attachment from. Contact the sender and double check that the email is genuine.


    If you think you have been infected:

    • Disconnect your machine from the network or the internet connection immediately.
    • Have a look at this tool CryptoPrevent | Computer Technician - PC Repair Software |Foolish IT LLC


    Further information on this can be found on the following sites:

    File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK ? The Register
    NCA warns UK of mass CryptoLocker ransomware attacks - SC Magazine UK
    Everything You Wanted to Know About Cryptolocker? - Network Computing Architects (NCA)
     
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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Another reason why people should leave MS products and get onto Apple or Linux.
     
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