Cryptoware – What is it & what can you do to prevent it?

Each and every day there are new malicious threats like cryptoware to your devices. Avoiding cryptoware and other malicious threats is much easier with the help of virus and malware protection but they do not prevent everything. Each time new malicious software is released “into the wild”; anti-virus programmers have to update their detection tools and rules, called heuristics. At the same time each malicious programmer is coming back with new ways to get around their detection tools and heuristics. It is an endless battle back and forth with neither gaining much ground.

What is Cryptoware?

Cryptoware is a type of ransomware that once it infects your device it restricts access to your device and files to extort money from you or it’s other victims. It will display an alert or window on your screen telling you that your device has been locked and that your files have been encrypted. The ransom usually ranges from $100 and up and they want you to pay them using BitCoin or another virtual currency.

Ransomware in general is very effective because the distributors use verbiage and phrases to scare people into paying the ransom and by also giving them a time limit to pay before the lock becomes permanent.

Some of the verbiage and phrases include:

Your computer was used to visit websites with illegal content. You must pay $______ to unlock your computer.
All of your files have been encryted. You must pay $______ within ____ hours to regain access to your data.
Your computer has been infected with a virus. Pay now to resolve the issue.

I’m infected, how can I get my data back…

So it’s too late for you, your device has already been infected? Cryptoware makes it extremely difficult to get your files back because of the powerful encryption methods it uses. Unfortunately your options are extremely limited.

  1. Disinfect your computer or restore it to factory settings then restore your files from a clean backup.
  2. If your operating system is Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10 and you have “System Restore” enabled, then you can restore from a previous version. This isn’t guaranteed, but is sometimes a viable option.
  3. You can pay the ransom and the extortionists might send you the decryption tool. Although you do this at your own risk. It is hard to trust those who would extort others. We DO NOT recommend this option.

Need some help with ransomware?

You can hire us to remove cryptoware like CryptoWal and CrpytoLocker from your computer. While no one can guarantee file loss we will get you back up and running and in control of your computer. You can hire us to remove it at your home or business.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *