Ransomware is a type of malware used to extort money from victims by preventing access to their computer or files.

CryptoLocker is spread by a variety of means, primarily as an attachment in fake email messages such as tax refund notifications, but also via a number of other less conspicuous methods.

How this scam works

Malware scammers send emails and social media messages at random with links purporting to be videos on something topical—news, an event or something 'interesting'.

Infected computers often display messages to convince you into paying the ransom. Scammers may pretend to be from the police and claim you have committed an illegal activity and must pay a fine, or they may simply demand payment for a 'key' to unlock your computer.

You are advised to ignore scam pop-up alerts in your web browser asking you to phone a number to remove a virus. These alerts¾which aim to mimic genuine warnings from security software¾may appear after you open an email attachment, download files, visit websites hosting malicious software or click on a pop-up advertisement.

Staying safe

Keep your computer updated with the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Also use a good firewall.

  • Never open attachments or click on links in emails unless you can verify the sender and you trust them.
  • If you’re ever unsure – don’t click it!
  • Never rely on the contact details provided in a pop-up message. Instead, find your anti-virus vendor's contact details through their official website.
  • Avoid questionable websites. Some sites may automatically download malicious software on to your computer.
  • Use reputable pop-up blocker software to avoid pop-ups on your computer.
  • Set and use strong and unique passwords.
  • Set passwords on all your hardware devices (modems and routers).
  • Back up your data.

Is Ransomware Affecting You?

  • Is your computer running slow?
  • Are software programs loading on their own?
  • Is your antivirus software disabled?
  • Are you blocked from going to any of the major antivirus software providers web sites?
  • Are there popups now telling you that you have X amount of issues with your computer, and to just “click here” to remove / fix these issues. (X is usually an astronomical amount in the hundreds or even thousands!)
  • Has your web browser mysteriously changed from your trusted home page to a shopping web site?
  • Are there toolbars around your web page that you didn’t want installed?

If so, it sounds like you may have a VIRUS or MALWARE installed on your PC!

Whether you have a computer virus, worm, trojan horse, rootkit, spyware, or dishonest adware infecting your computer, Shopping Websites (OAVS) virus and malware removal specialists can help keep your computer clean. If you have a virus, don't despair. Most viruses can be removed. Please call or email Shopping Websites (OAVS) now.

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Office: 5525 3922
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