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Outbreak Alert – Cryptolocker
Posted by Anthony on 12 October 2013 12:13 AM

Outbreak Alerts by StopSign Internet Security let you know when specific malware infections are trending, describe what they do, and provide tips on how to avoid them.

What Cryptolocker Does:

  • Encrypts Personal Documents
  • Demands Payment in Exchange for Decrypting Personal Documents
  • Significantly Slows Down the Infected Machine

How It Infects:

  • Primarily email attachments, but can include instant message attachments, infected websites, infected media or document files, peer-to-peer file sharing networks, or even downloaded by other malware;
  • Infection can also be found in hyperlinks to infected websites from email, instant messages, and social networking messages or posts.

How To Avoid Infection:

  • Use extreme caution when you receive a link or attachment from anyone, even those you know;
  • Do not download unknown files or files from unknown sources;
  • If using StopSign Internet Security, be sure the On-Access Scan is installed and enabled;
  • Scan all downloaded files with a malware threat scanner, such as StopSign Internet Security, before executing them;
  • Ensure that all updates are installed from Microsoft Update to help protect against vulnerabilities in the operating system.

Type: Ransomware

Technical Name: Cryptolocker

Aliases:

  • Trojan.Ransomware.CL

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