In 2019, encryption ransomware infected almost 50% of PC users. CryptoLocker is a type of ransomware that encrypts files in computers and demands a ransom to unlock the files. Understanding CryptoLocker and how to remove it can help you prevent future attacks.
What is CryptoLocker?
CryptoLocker is a form ransomware spread by cybercriminals. Computers that are infected with the CryptoLocker virus are locked out of accessing certain files unless the user pays a ransom. Computers compromised by CryptoLocker are a severe security risk if they contain valuable files and information needed by an organization.
How does it work?
CryptoLocker most often occurs as a result of a cyberattack in which malware is spread to a victim’s computer via a phishing scheme or suspicious URL link. The CryptoLocker then encrypts the user’s files behind the scenes, making the files inaccessible.
Typically, a computer infected by CryptoLocker will also have a pop-up window that displays a countdown timer as a scare tactic to convince the user to send a payment, or else the encrypted files will never be accessible again.
How do you remove it?
Although it’s possible that paying the ransom to the attacker can remove the CryptoLocker virus, this option is not recommended. Instead, ransomware removal tools and software can help scan for CryptoLocker and other ransomware as well as remove the software.
Are there prevention services available?
Preventing a computer from being infected in the first place is a much easier cybersecurity strategy than trying to remove malware from an infected computer. An appropriate firewall and network security software and solutions that can proactively monitor for potential malware attacks and remove ransomware is the best way to defend against CryptoLocker and other ransomware attacks.