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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by agedman, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. agedman

    agedman Well-Known Member
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    Nov 4, 2011
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    I know that this may be moved to the "computer" section, but I wanted folks to know of a "ransomvirus" that is a fatality waiting to happen.

    Basically it encrypts your documents file, and then demands payment for it to be decrypted.

    There is NO way to break the encryption code, and your files WILL be lost.

    Backup files need to be stored "off line" because the virus will encrypt any document files found on the computer.

    I only posted this here because if you are like me, you have a huge amount of research documents, and other vital stuff that you would be sad to lose.

    If you want more information look here:


    Snopes on CryptoLocker

    NOTE: Antispyware, antivirus, malwarebytes.... are powerless to stop this from ruining your machine.

    They may remove cryptolocker - but the files will still be ruined.

    Don't expect to regain the files if you pay the ransom - usually not a satisfactory solution.

    Look here for in depth information and coding of cryptolocker.

    Again, I know that this is not the forum for this notice, but because it would not be noticed (accept by a few) I thought for a bit of time, the mods. and adms. will allow this posting.
  2. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member
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    Dec 17, 2010
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    Thanks for posting this. People need to make external backups of important files on a regular basis. For example, I back up my company's accounting database and customer list at least twice a week.

    DO NOT open emails purporting to have information about a package sent to you from UPS, FedEX, the US Post Office, that is waiting for you to pick up. NEVER, EVER click on an attachment that has a zip file attached unless you are certain you know the sender and are expecting the file(s). NEVER open email attachments from people you don't know. NEVER click on links within emails from people you don't know. As a double check to links from people you know, DO hover your mouse over those links (don't click!) and look at the bottom of your screen for the URL to see if it is legitimate before clicking on it. Remember, banks do not email you asking you to click on a link to verify your banking information, so don't do it.
  3. thisnumbersdisconnected

    Apr 11, 2013
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    That may have been true six months ago when the virus first appeared, along with several variations of it, but it has since been addressed by Microsoft and the various independent anti-virus software companies.

    Besides, your best defense is, if you don't recognize the send of an email, don't open it.