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Cryptolocker Ransomware: What Every Business Owner Needs to Know



Did you know that Cyptolocker Ransomware threats are on the rise again? Over the past few weeks, the media has been buzzing about a recent surge in Cryptolocker Ransomware. While older ransomware is fairly straight forward to remove, this new strain of virus has taken ransomware to a whole new level, causing downtime, data loss, and intellectual property theft for many businesses. Here is what you need to know to help protect yourself against one of the nastiest viruses out there.

What is Cryptolocker Ransomware?

Cryptolocker is a malicious software that encrypts your files—document, photo, and other file types. This ransomware will infect your computer, as well as any network your computer has access to, rendering their contents inaccessible. Once your files are encrypted, it is virtually impossible to unlock them without a key. The virus will then generate instructions, demanding payment as a fee to get them decrypted.
Technicians can often remove ransomware from your computer. It’s a whole different ball game, however, when it comes to restoring encrypted files. So, even if you do pay the ransom to decrypt your data, there is still no guarantee that your files will be completely recovered.

How does ransomware spread?

Ransomware infects your computer in several ways. For example, the virus can spread if you open affected email attachments, download files from an infected site, or by click on links from compromised websites.
What should I do if my computer is infected with a ransomware virus?
If your computer is infected, you need to disconnect it from your network to help stop the virus from spreading. Then, turn off your computer and contact your IT provider immediately.

What can I do to help prevent getting infected?

There are a number of precautions you can take to help protect your business from a Cryptolocker Ransomware virus.
• Don’t open email attachments from unsolicited senders

• Have an up-to-date anti-virus program running

• Enable a pop-up blocker on your computers

• Don’t use outdated versions of software

• Back up all your essential files

Recovery from virus attacks and ransomware is messy business. Here at Safe Harbour, we have the experience and technical expertise to help you weather the storm.

Don’t become another victim of cybercrime, call us at (604) 295-5355 for IT advice.