A new virus that locks all the files on your computer, a so-called ransom virus is now spreading via email.
The email looks like it contains a fax packed into a zip file, but if it is downloaded, the entire contents of your computer will be locked.
To access the files again, need a password. But you can only get the password if you pay $1,500.
- The name of the attachment looks like randomly generated words, there is not a specific word that characterizes these emails. It looks like a fax that has come directly to you, says an expert.
Once you have opened the attachment the damage happens quickly, and it's more or less impossible to reverse.
- All files on your computer are rendered illegible, until you have a password. They say you will get it if you pay, but we do not recommend paying criminals. This is a fraud, and it is not certain you will get the password anyway.
Several companies are already affected by the latest virus, which experts have not yet managed to decrypt.
- There have been several other ransom viruses. Previously there has been found solutions, making it possible to unlock the files again, but we have not yet seen a solution to this virus. It suggests that this encryption is more advanced.
The golden rule within computer security: Do not click on links when you do not know the sender.
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