Crypto Locker virus is a scary new form of malware that is infecting computers across the nation. Crypto Locker virus is mainly spread through fake emails that appear as if they came from a legitimate business. Here's what an Oct. 25 report from the often knowledgeable Computer World had to say about the Crypto Locker virus: "Cryptolocker comes in the door through social engineering. Usually the virus payload hides in an attachment to a phishing message, one purporting to be from a business copier like Xerox that is delivering a PDF of a scanned image, from a major delivery service like UPS orFedEx offering tracking information or from a bank letter confirming a wire or money transfer. It locks up files and holds them for ransom."
According to various reports, the Crypto Locker virus usually gives users around three days before a personalized "key" that could unlock the files is "destroyed."
Crypto Locker virus pretty much makes files as good as deleted unless a ransom, which can be as much as $300 dollars, is paid.
"Ransomware causes your computer files to be non-accessible and when that happens you have two choices. You can recover if you have a backup which I hope you do or pay the ransom within 100 hours. If you do not pay the ransom you lose all of your data," Computer Expert Anthony Mongeluzo said.
Computer experts say there are some ways to prevent the Crypto Locker virus from taking control of your files. They recommend that you never open emails from unknown sources, and be sure to back up all important files.
Computers at risk from the Crypto Locker virus are mostly Windows-based PCs, even those protected by antivirus software, because people sometimes open innocent-looking but infected attachments to emails pretending to be from FedEx, UPS, a bank, or other businesses.
Experts recommend using programs such as MyPCbackup, in order to safely back up files.