We recently blogged about CryptoLocker. A recent Malware virus that has been wreaking havoc on Windows users for several months. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of the complete CryptoLocker Removal & Protection Guide.
At it’s most basic, the CryptoLocker malware makes data on your computer unreadable by encrypting it using RSA-2048 bit keys. The criminals behind the virus then demand payment in order to get your data back, un-encrypted. If you pay, they actually do give your your data back - how nice of them.
So, how do you remove CryptoLocker?
I’m glad you asked, we recommend using Malwarebytes. You can download it here.
Once you have it installed, follow these steps:
1. Run a Quick Scan
2. Click “Show Results” once the scan completes
3. If CryptoLocker is on your computer, you’ll see entries on this page for Trojan.Ransom. Make sure all of them are checked and click “Remove Selected.”
4. Restart your computer to finish the process.
Keep Your Backups Safe with Cloud-to-Cloud Backup
We suggest making a backup of your backup via a cloud-to-cloud backup solution. Doing so will provide you with an additional secure copy of your data that maintains prior versions - the un-encrypted files without the CryptoLocker infection. These versioned files are inaccessible and unchangeable by CryptoLocker.