Oct 14, 2014

How to deal with CryptoLocker malware?

I thought that CryptoLocker had essentially been eradicated over the summer. However, one of the guys at my office has apparently run into it on his personal laptop. It very plainly says that his computer has been encrypted with the CryptoLocker virus and demands payment for an unlock key. Is this still a widespread problem, and what does he need to do to unlock his PC?
Best answer
10/16/2014
Sorry to hear someone in your office has been impacted by ransomware. Unfortunately, while Cryptolocker was knocked out, ransomware, including the newer CryptoWall, is still making the rounds.

Here are some articles from CSO where you can find information on getting the machine back without paying a ransom. Good luck! -Joan Goodchild, Editor, CSOonline.com

http://www.csoonline.com/article/2134280/data-protection/how-to-rescue-your-pc-from-ransomware.html

http://www.csoonline.com/article/2134209/social-engineering/tips-to-avoid-being-bit-by-cryptolocker--and-what-to-do-if-you-are-.html

http://www.csoonline.com/article/2601406/data-protection/why-cryptowall-ransomware-will-remain-a-shadow-of-cryptolocker.html

05/30/2016
Surprisingly, Cryptolocker is still active and it keeps infecting PC users just like one year ago. However, 2016 is considered the year of ransomware, so we should keep an eye on new variants of ransomware as well. Today, the most active ones as considered Locky ransomware, Cerber and Petya. Besides, there is a new version of Mac ransomware called KeRanger.

http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-cerber-virus.html

http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-petya-virus.html

http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-locky-virus.html

http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-keranger-virus.html
01/15/2016
Yes it is true that CryptoLocker has become a widespread computer virus and it has been identified as a severe Ransomware PC threat. First of all you should not do what it says, because its is just a trick to grab money from victimized computer user. You must take immediate and required action to remove CryptoLocker from the PC/Laptop.
In order to know more about this threat along with the removal steps you can visit:- http://www.photonzap.com/how-to-completely-delete-cryptowall-4-0-a-notorious-ransomware. It will help you and make you able to get rid of this ransom virus in successful and hassle free manner.
02/01/2015
Don't pay that unlock key! It is a trick! To unlock the PC, you should remove CryptoLocker virus completely from that PC. Boot into safe mode, then, run a full scan to detect this pest. Or, you can remove it manually like find out its files and clean out them. But it is not very easy. Here's an instruction which probably gives some help: http://www.pccaretips.com/blog/remove-cryptolocker-virus-unlock-your-pc.html
11/05/2014
Can't enter the safe mode and run antivirus program? If not, you have to restore the operating system. Because I don't know what system you are using now, I advise you to look for some tutorials to restore your PC.
10/16/2014
I see you have an answer already. Here's a link to a good background article about CryptoLocker for more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CryptoLocker
Best answer
10/16/2014
Sorry to hear someone in your office has been impacted by ransomware. Unfortunately, while Cryptolocker was knocked out, ransomware, including the newer CryptoWall, is still making the rounds.

Here are some articles from CSO where you can find information on getting the machine back without paying a ransom. Good luck! -Joan Goodchild, Editor, CSOonline.com

http://www.csoonline.com/article/2134280/data-protection/how-to-rescue-your-pc-from-ransomware.html

http://www.csoonline.com/article/2134209/social-engineering/tips-to-avoid-being-bit-by-cryptolocker--and-what-to-do-if-you-are-.html

http://www.csoonline.com/article/2601406/data-protection/why-cryptowall-ransomware-will-remain-a-shadow-of-cryptolocker.html

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