Ransomware: Are you safe?

A cryptovirus is a program that encrypts your files and then asks you to pay a ransom to get your files back. QuickFix can help.

What’s going on with this global malware attack? Are you safe?

What they’ve been talking about on the news is a variant of the cryptovirus; a program that encrypts your files and then asks you to pay a ransom to get your files back. This type of malware has been around for a while now, but what’s recently been making headlines is a version of that virus that exploits a new vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

This new variation will crawl your network and infect every other computer that might be attached to it. The good news is Microsoft has patched this vulnerability for Windows Vista, 7, and 8. If you’re a Windows 10 user, you were safe from the start. Even users of Windows XP received this patch!

The bad news is that no matter how great your antivirus program is, and how up to date your PC is, there is always a potential to get this sort of virus on your computer. The majority of malware attacks are sent via e-mail and rely on you to clicking on and running them, assuming that they came from someone trusted.

So, to ensure you stay safe from this particular malware, do not click on links in e-mails that you aren’t expecting, even if from an address you know. Pay close attention to e-mails that come from bogus businesses or senders. If in doubt, don’t click!

If you find you’ve been infected by this or any other form of malware, give QuickFix a call, and we’ll help find a solution.

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