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    Default Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    If you don't have backups, what are you waiting for?

    Disk encrypting Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

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    Earlier this year, a nasty new type of ransomware burst onto the scene. Unlike others, however, this new oneís bite was every bit as bad as its bark. The Cryptolocker hijacker sniffs out your personal files and wraps them in strong encryption before it demands money.

    You may remember reading about it here on Geek.com back in January. Eight months on, it looks as though Cryptolocker isnít showing any signs of letting up. In fact, thereís even a new variant making the rounds.
    The original demanded payments of $100 to decrypt files. The new and improved version? $300. Clearly those in control of Cryptolocker realized that they werenít taking full advantage of its criminal potential.

    As IT administrators and repair pros struggle to undo the damage, some are finding that giving in to Cryptolocker is the only way out. Amazingly, paying the Cryptolocker ransom does actually initiate the decryption process.

    So while itís generally not considered a good idea to give in to the bad guys (how can you fully trust someone that thinks itís OK to hold your files hostage?), those without a good set of backups that have been infected donít have any other options yet.

    At least the crooks behind Cryptolocker have some scruples. Often when payments are demanded, the only thing that changes is the balance of the two bank accounts involved. Thereís always the potential for reinfection, though, so even if you do get your files back after paying up itís best to reformat and start from scratch.

    Researchers from a number of antivirus vendors are working on a way to undo the damage, but itís not going to be easy. Decrypting Cryptolocker files requires access to both the public and private keys used to encrypt them. Until authorities get their hands on that second key, the NSA may be the only folks around that can reverse the process.

    http://www.geek.com/apps/disk-encryp...files-1570402/

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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    I use a linux OS. no viruses to worry about.

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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    Here's a fix http://www.pcrisk.com/removal-guides/7327-cryptolocker


    But they're merely using a restore point.

    Don't need to download they're software to restore.

    They don't say what to do if you haven't set up a restore point though...
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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    nasty stuff. Found this

    http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/11...st&p=595941089

    looks like the geeks are on it
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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    I keep a separate user profile with no password on my computer. That way - in a situation like this - I can simply switch users on start up and do a system restore using the other profile.

    It works...
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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    Quote Originally Posted by Strawboss View Post
    I keep a separate user profile with no password on my computer. That way - in a situation like this - I can simply switch users on start up and do a system restore using the other profile.

    It works...
    Will you please expand on that a bit?
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    QWAK,I think that may (?) have been what got ME or a varient of that scam and started a cascade of other new problems when I told them to F**K off and just bought a new computer and up graded my sat dish connection to the net!

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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfisher View Post
    Will you please expand on that a bit?
    You can set up your computer for many users.


    Control Panel/ User Accounts/ Create a New Account/ follow the prompts. You'll need to make it an administrator of course! Don't put a password (or do if necessary [kids]) Strawboss probably is only one using his so he didn't put in a pwd for the 2nd admin account?

    You got kids? You can set it up so they each have their own (non admin) account with their own password.


    That way, you control the machine with your account.
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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    Where does it come from? How to stay away from it/keep it from getting on your machine in the first place?

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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    I had that happen to me...on a site I shouldn't have trusted (doing research on MLM scams) and all of a sudden, my computer was frozen up.

    Told me I had to pay $300; I could send the money to accounts through Wal-Mart or some other retailers who handle money.

    Sure. I was told on the locked-in page that I'd been identified as party to illegal economic activities; the payment was a "fine" and I had ten days to pay it.

    Sure.

    I had Linux. I took ten SECONDS to get to Terminal; force-quit the browser; remove the cookies and reboot. Problem...SOLVED.

    Except for dirtbags like that roaming free on Earth. I haven't found a solution to that, yet...it's a shame the things you see when you ain't got a gun...

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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    This one went out to mapped drives and encrypted data files. Very nasty. Could not recover them. Had to restore from backup.

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    Default Re: Cryptolocker malware demands $300 to decrypt your files

    Maybe my using Linux saved me.

    Not many people write viruses for it...

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