Crypto ransomware is a type of malicious software, categorized as malware with the purpose to lock computer user’s computer, files, program, web browser etc, and demand users to pay a certain amount of money in order to unlock the locked items. To make the Crypto Ransomware more real, the cyber criminals take the official organization such as Mandiant U.S.A Cyber Security, FBI Department of Defense or U.S.A Cyber Crime Center to scare victim to pay the money to escape the fine from the officers.
More information Crypto ransomware you need to know:
Early in 2012, the Crypto ransomware starts its spreading, popularized in 2013, and reach its peak in 2014. Hopefully, with the official organization FBI’s great efforts to crack down the cyber criminal, more and more computer users saved from the infection of the Crypto ransomware. But it still survives today. Thus we need take care when we surf online.
Usually, a Crypto ransomware is used for data kidnapping, an expoilt in which the attacker encrypts the victim’s data and demands payments for the decryption key. This type of malware, which has now been observed for several years, attempts to extort money from victims by displaying an on-screen alert. These alerts often state that their computer has been locked or that all of their files have been encrypted, and demand that a ransom is paid to restore access. This ransom is typically in the range of $100–$300 dollars, and is sometimes demanded in virtual currency, such as Bitcoin.
Paying the fine on the fake UK Police page is not suggested and will not remove the virus. In fact, paying the fine using Bitcoin, Ukash or Paysafecard services may initiate the ransomware to further its progression which may include additional installment of undetected malware, such as keyloggers and Trojans used to collect sensitive information such as browser activity, browser history, stored information, credit card numbers, identification numbers, and more.
How does Crypto ransomware spread?
A Crypto ransomware, like many other malware, can arrive in a variety of ways. However, it is mainly distributed via phishing emails that contain malicious attachments and drive-by downloading. It also spreads via infected download URL, compromised free program. It is downloaded automatically into your computer when you visit a malicious websites.
Once sneaked into computer that is vulnerable to virus infection, it starts to create startup items and malicious registry, disable safe mode or safe mode with networking, and lock down computer from desktop. Although you are unable to use your computer and regardless of how legitimate or threatening the claims look, please never pay the money to the cyber criminals who has no intention of giving back access to your computer.
Suggestion to prevent Crypto ransomware infection:
To protect your computer from the infection or malware infection such as Crypto ransomware, you are suggested to take some measures as following:
Install and use an up-to-date antivirus solution, Anvi Smart Defender Recommended.
Make sure your software is up-to-date.
Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments or emails from people you don't know or companies you don't do business with.
Have a pop-up blocker running in your web browser.
Regularly backup your important files.
Use common sense when you need to open email attachment.