As you may already know, there is a SERIOUS virus going around which encrypts all your office documents and other important files. It’s called Crypto Locker. Be extremely careful opening email attachments. DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS unless you are 100% positive you know what it is even if you are expecting an email with an attachment. This virus can be spread by other people’s infected computer sending emails without their knowledge. The attachments are coming in several different formats, some examples are: UPS tracking information, Intuit review, late payment please review attachment .doc .xls .ppt .eps .ai .jpg .srw .cer .DO NOT OPEN.
This virus causes irreversible damage unless you pay the ransom which is anywhere from $100-$300 paid via green dot moneypak cards.
DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS unless you are 1000% positive you know what it is. Even if you are expecting an email with an attachment, contact the sender to be sure they sent it as these viruses can be spread by other people’s computer being infected and emails being sent without their knowledge.
Remember, this encryption is IRREVERSIBLE without paying the ransom and once the timer runs out, your files will NOT be recoverable. The ONLY other way to recover them is to have cold storage backups. This virus can infect all hot backups and other computers on network shares. The virus does the damage to your system BEFORE it alerts you that you are infected and demands a ransom payment.
Please be careful!
“Your Friendly Neighborhood IT Guy”