Cryptolocker Removal and file recovery – crypt0l0cker
Computer Emergency recently gave advice on cryptolocker for NBN News.
Cryptolocker removal is relatively easy and fast. There are several major removal programs that will automatically remove cryptolocker for you. The hardest part of this process is file recovery so before we get into things too much:
BACKING UP YOUR SYSTEM IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DEFENCE AGAINST VIRUSES & HARD DRIVE FAILURE.
Without backups, just removing the virus will only allow you to get windows back running correctly but NOT get back your encrypted data.
What is cryptolocker?
Cryptolocker, or crypt0l0cker, is a ransomware trojan that encrypts your data and holds it for ransom.
How does cryptolocker infect my computer?
It usually comes in the form of an email attachment like a PDF,EXE, ZIP file. The email will be written to create panic eg speeding fine, crazy power bill price, or it could be something as simple as a resume for a job application. Once you click on the link/attachement the ransomware starts to work in the background, encrypting your data file by file, deleting the original, until the point that all your files are encrypted.
How do I know if I have cryptolocker?
Here are a few images of messages that you may see if you have been infected. These things change all the time so you might see something different. The concept will be the same though.
Can I prevent getting Cryptolocker?
Yes! Other than keeping your antivirus up to date there are some great tools to combat cryptolocker style viruses. Bitdefender have a free cryptolocker tool to defend these ransomware attacks.
Cryptolocker Decryption Tools
IMPORTANT! Make sure you remove the malware from your system first, otherwise it will repeatedly lock your system or encrypt files. Any reliable antivirus solution can do this for you.
If you have a new version of Cryptolocker, chances are, the tools wont work on your files. It’s usually only older variations that work. Check out the major antivirus websites for the latest tools.