TeslaCrypt Virus – Removal Instructions
TeslaCrypt is a ransomware virus, which is a type of malware program that uses coercion by blocking users’ access to their files, then requires them to pay in order to unlock them. These programs may display a popup stating that the user will be reported to the FBI for illegal activity if money is not sent, or that the files can’t be unlocked without purchasing a key. However, a new ransomware variant on the scene, TeslaCrypt, uses a less direct approach to scamming unsuspecting computer users. Rather than coercing users into paying, the malware pretends to be beneficial. It claims that it will help you unlock files that have been secured with a supposedly unbreakable encryption method. In reality, TeslaCrypt itself has encrypted the files during the last computer startup and is now demanding money for their release.
The TeslaCrypt popup states that affected users can purchase a license for an introductory price of $300 USD. This price increases to $600 USD after five days, and $1,000 USD after ten days. The popup also says that payment is only accepted via bitcoin. This payment method leaves no paper trail, and victims would have no financial recourse, such as chargebacks.