Cryptolocker Virus – Removal Instructions
Cryptolocker is a form of ransomware that is designed to encrypt files on a victim’s computer. Once this has been done, the software demands a ransom in exchange for decryption of the files on the computer. Common file extensions that the virus searches for an encrypts are DOC, DOCX, DWG, RTF, JPG, PSD, AI, and more. Any file that could possibly be of importance to user is likely to be encrypted in the process. A computer can be infected with the Cryptolocker virus in a number of ways. For example, a user might open an email that appears to have originated from a legitimate source, such as shipping companies, UPS or DHL. The emails urge the user to download an attachment that is described to contain more information regarding an important shipment.
Once the attachment is downloaded and opened, the computer is infected with the virus. Cryptolocker can also be contracted on a computer by being downloaded from a website. While a user visits a website, the virus could be downloading in the background without he/she ever knowing. Likewise, it is not uncommon that ransomware viruses come bundled in suspicious software downloads, such as bogus free software or torrents. Once these files are downloaded, opened (and possibly installed), the virus is installed along with it.