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How to Prevent Cryptolocker Ransomware from Hitting Your PC

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Extortion-ware gets more sophisticated all the time; you can’t be too careful about stuff like this …

Cryptolocker is a relatively new kind of ransomware that was first detected in the wild in September 2013. Ransomware for those who do not know the term refers to malicious software that, when executed on a PC, encrypts files on it so that they cannot be accessed anymore unless decrypted. Cryptolocker displays a ransom notification to the user of the system that states that the ransom — usually between $100 and $300 — has to be paid to unlock the files again. If the demand is not met in 96 hours, the option to do so will expire and the files will be lost forever.