Cryptolocker and GameOver Zeus – What You Need to Know
Cryptolocker is ransomware. It encrypts files and then demands a ransom to have the files decrypted. The techniques it uses are so powerful that it’s virtually impossible to crack its encryption, even by the world’s most powerful computers. This means that there is NO cure.
You must make sure that you are fully backed up because if you are infected with this particular virus, there is NO way to get your data or photographs back.
GameOver Zeus is part of the Zeus family. Its variants are Trojans designed to steal passwords. GameOver Zeus specifically steals banking passwords and financial information. The damage and cost to you would be huge.
What YOU Need To Do
Make sure that: your computer is fully backed up your computer is fully up to date and we would suggest turning Automatic Windows updates ON your anti-virus product is fully up to date.
Be extra careful when surfing the web particularly if you are visiting new or non-main stream sites and DO NOT OPEN ANY WEB LINKS that look odd.
You are your own best protection – If in doubt, chuck it out!
Free Extra Protection against Cryptolocker and GameOver Zeus
As an extra layer of protection, we can install a tiny utility which locks down any Windows installation (Vista, 7 Windows 8 and 8.1) to prevent infection by the Cryptolocker malware or ransom ware. Please note that this is not a guarantee against infection but just another layer of protection that will make it more difficult for your machine to become a victim of the Cryptolocker.
For our Sentinel Protection clients and for any health check or rebuild from now until 31st August 2014, we will install this extra layer of protection free. Please note, we can only install this extra protection on a machine that we have verified is virus free. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us or pop in.