What Is CrytoLocker Virus?
CryptoLocker virus is an aggressive ransom virus which attacks your computer system suddenly when you are surfing on the web. This ransomware is identified as Trojan horse which infected worldwide since Sept. 2013 and became active at the late of last year. If your computer infected with CryptoLocker virus, you were displayed a screen notification stating that your personal files are encrypted and no one and no antivirus is of help you to restore the data. CryptoLocker virus told you that the decryption was mastered by a copy of the key which you need to pay. And then it warned you on the notification that you are required to pay 300 USD or 300 EUR via MoneyPak or Bitcoin in 72 hours, otherwise the decrypted key will be destroyed and a countdown started when you got the news.
Should Users Pay for the Decrypt Key?
In some cases, users paid for decrypting files and once the payment is verified the encrypted files can be released, but it took long time. Nevertheless, we don not recommend users to pay for the malicious scam. If users didn’t pay the money before the deadline, encrypted files would not be destroyed but more money was required to get the copy key. And this would be supposed as encourage to the virus creator in disguise.
How Users Got This Infection?
According to the reports, most of victims have downloaded the zip files or opened PDF files from suspicious emails. Those scam emails tricked users with bogus headline including company business, shipping notification or other contents which can draw your attention and entice you to open. Once you download the attachment, you opened the door for the virus executed files because it usually hid its extension name. When it successfully installed its malicious programs in your computer system, it created its vicious files on startup folder and tried to temper other executed files and registries. Users suffered from not merely encrypted files but also system crash and privacy leakage, even being attacked by other malware which grasp the chance of vulnerability of your computer system.
Here are some tips for you to recovery your computer system.
Step 1: Reboot Computer
If you can reboot computer, tab F8 key constantly to enter Advanced Options. And then choose Safe Mode with Networking.
Step 2: Task Manager
Open Task Manager by hold Alt+Ctrl+Del together. End the related processes to CryptoLocker virus.
Step 3: Show Hidden Files
Go to Control Panel and choose Folder Options. Choose show hidden files item. Then go to local disk to remove infected files under Appdata.
Step 4: Registry Editor
Open Run box and type in “regedit” to open Registry Editor. Unfold the entry trees and delete all the related entries of CryptoLocker virus.
CryptoLocker virus is classified as severe cyber scam which is able to encrypt users’ files for ransom. This ransomware targets at Microsoft Windows operating system and propagated globally. When users get the virus, it will be asked to pay ransom money to get the decrypt key and scare victims that if they don’t pay on time the released key will be damaged. However, security programs can’t detect this virus even remove it. Thus, if you are infected with it, it is advisable cut down the connection to Internet for fear the further damage to system. Users have not to waste money for CryptoLocker virus but try the above steps to recover your computer.