“CryptoLocker” is ransomware malware which targets computers running Microsoft Windows and was first observed in September 2013. You may be compromised by a CryptoLocker attack from various sources; many are disguised as a legitimate email attachment. When activated, the malware encrypts files stored on your local and mounted network drives using public-key cryptography – with the private key stored only on the malware’s control servers. The malware then displays a message which offers to decrypt the data if a payment (through either Bitcoin or a pre-paid voucher) is made by a stated deadline, and threatens to delete the private key if the deadline passes. If the deadline is not met, the malware offers to decrypt data via an online service provided by the malware’s authors, for a significantly higher price in Bitcoin.
So, I have looked over many of the antivirus “solutions” for dealing with this nasty malware, and not one of – not a single antivirus company – has come forth with a realistic way to deal with this problem. Some time ago, I warned that a destructive malware threat was on the way, and here it is.
While there are several ways to effectively deal with, and clean up this infection (and you will need to pay dearly for this if you involve a third party), future solutions are completely absent from these antivirus gurus. Why? The antivirus companies want your repeat business. They won’t tell you there’s a rather inexpensive solution because they want you to get infected again so they can charge you another enormous fee to fix the issue, ad infinitum.
So, what IS the solution to this problem? Simple. Dump anything and everything that is Microsoft Windows. With all the alternative operating systems out there that are not affected by this malware, and operating systems that now are as user friendly as MS Windows, there is absolutely no reason to continue to use Microsoft software products. Switching to a new OS (operating system) can be scary for some, but it doesn’t take the average user much time to get the hang of the new OS – they all function quite similarly with one exception – they are far more secure than MS Windows. ChromeOS tops the list, with linux and Apple OS X not far behind. The Antivirus Consortium will not tell you this because they want you to keep getting infected so they can charge you top dollar to keep fixing your problem.
Bottom line: Buy a Chromebook for $180 and you won’t ever have to deal with this issue again. It’s that damn simple.