Cryptolocker ransomware has 'infected about 250,000 PCs'. Fortunately Spain has seen less than 150 reported attacks, but as this 'application' spreads, this figure will rise.
Because Cryptolocker is almost impossible to crack, it is more important that you back up your personal files on a regular basis. Use a good, strong Anti-Virus program, and make sure it is a well-known and verified company. There are many so-called Anti-Virus packages on the internet that are no use - with some even considered to be malware themselves. Avast and AVG are still at the top of the list, and both companies offer FREE versions.
Don't pay the demands!
Paying the demand does not necessarily remove Cryptolocker, and in many cases, you do not get access to your files back. Evidence suggests that paying the demand only encourages further spread of the 'virus'. It is also claimed to be spurring copycat schemes in what is seen in the 'underworld' as a very profitable 'business'.
Cryptolocker is fast becoming the worst ever 'virus'
Released in September 2013, Cryptolocker has spread across the world at an alarming rate. The US, UK and Australia are amongst the worst hit countries, but these figures only represent reported cases. The figures could be much higher in reality.
Cryptolocker has infected my PC - what can I do?
Because Cryptolocker is virtually impossible to eradicate, the simplest solution is to reformat and reinstall your computers' operating system.
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