There’s a nasty virus on the loose, in the wild, and YOU need to be on the alert! If you get infected, it will hit you with a screen like the one shown below:
From Sophos: “Ransomware is malicious software that locks you out of your computer or your data, and demands money to let you back in.
One “brand” of ransomware, widely known as Reveton, has been very widely circulated in recent months.
Reveton pretends to be a warning from your country’s national police service, locks you out of your PC, and threatens criminal proceedings within 48 hours – usually for unspecified copyright offences.
Of course, you can bypass the prosecution if you pay a ‘fine’ to the cybercriminals. The amount they extort is typically about $200.
If you run across this sort of malware, it’s tempting just to wear the cost and hope that the crooks live up to their promise of giving your PC back.
We recommend that you don’t do that, so here’s a short video to advise you, and your friends and family, on what to do instead:”
“Remember: an up-to-date and active anti-virus, combined with prompt software patching to close known holes, makes things much harder for the Bad Guys.
So give yourself the best chance of safety by taking security seriously!”
The FREE Sophos Bootable Anti-Virus bootable CD mentioned in the video is available at the link below:
Full instructions are available at the link above as well. As they say: “Don’t Panic!” (Good advice from Hitchhiker’s as well!)
Another great tool, that I use regularly, is Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware, also available FREE from the link below: