What is CryptoLocker?
CryptoLocker is a serious malware infection categorized as a ransomware virus. Once it infiltrates your computer, it encrypts your files and locks down the system. Afterwards, the intruder presents a notification in which it claims that you have to pay a ransom if you wish to recover your data. While many people get scared and obey cyber criminals demands, we advise to do differently. The best decision would be to keep your money to yourself, concentrate on CryptoLocker removal, and recover your files from backup.
How does CryptoLocker work?
Unfortunately, there are many ways this type of infection may sneak into your system. Most often it enters the PC from unreliable pages, especially after you click a suspicious links or a pop-up in them. This particular malware also travels with bogus codec packs and, of course, may infiltrate your system via spam email attachments, which means that you should be more careful with them in the future. If the rogue already used one of these methods to slither into your computer, delete CryptoLocker right away.
We warn you that this malicious software can cause real havoc in your PC. When CryptoLocker virus enters, it immediately establishes a connection with its remote servers and using this connection locks down the entire computer. Later, after the application ensures that the system is unreachable to the users, this virus encrypts your files with such extension like .doc, .pem, .raw, .dbf, .jpg, etc. Once all these step are taken by the malignant software, you will be presented with a message in which users will be given instructions on how to regain their information. The message usually looks similar to this:
“Your personal files are encrypted!
Your important files encryption produced on this computer: photos, videos, documents, etc. Here is a complete list of encrypted files, and you can personally verify this.
Encryption was produced using a unique public key RSA-2048 generated for this computer. To decrypt files you need to obtain the private key. The single copy of the private key, which will allow you to decrypt the files, located on a secret server on the Internet: the server will destroy the key after a time specified in this window. After that, nobody and never will be able to restore files…
To obtain the private key for this computer, which will automatically decrypt files, you need to pay 100 USD/ 100 EUR / similar amount in another currency.
Any attempt to remove or damage this software will lead to the immediate destruction of the private key by server”
As we can see, users are required to pay a ransom, if they wish to be able to access their data again. The demanded amount is supposed to be paid within a certain amount of time and after that, the user should get their computer unlocked. However, we urge you to keep your money to yourself and to take care of CryptoLocker removal immediately. Know that even if you do pay the money, chances that cyber criminals will give you your information back are minimal. Besides, bear in mind that by paying the money, you reveal your banking information to cyber crooks which later may use it for nefarious purposes.
How to remove CryptoLocker?
In order to get rid of CryptoLocker, we recommend to employ an up-to-date computer security tool. Such tool will certainly remove CryptoLocker and safeguard your PC in the future. Most importantly, we urge you not to attempt manual CryptoLocker removal. Unless you are an experienced user, you will probably cause more troubles to your already damaged system. Since your computer at this moment is unreachable, detailed instructions on how to access the Internet you will find below. Do not delay any longer and erase CryptoLocker
Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Restart your PC and start clicking F8 once BIOS screen disappears.
- Move to the Advanced Boot Options menu and pick Safe Mode with Networking (use the arrow keys).
- Press Enter and install a legitimate security tool.
- Use the malware removal application to erase CryptoLocker.
- Tap the Windows key to open the Metro UI start screen
- Launch your favorite browser and install an anti-malware that you trust.
- Scan your system and eliminate CryptoLocker.
- Restart your computer and begin clicking F8 when BIOS loads up.
- With a help of arrow keys click Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter.
- Tap Yes and download a trustworthy computer security software.
- Scan your PC an get rid of CryptoLocker.
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