Tag Archives: Virus Removal

Benefits of Hiring IT Consulting Services

An IT consultant can help transform your business. Consultants are experts that provide guidance to others when an outside perspective is desired.  An outsider often can get a better view of what a company needs as they are not blinded by “the way things have always worked before”.   A fresh perspective is often needed to […]

What an IT Consultant does for your business

Information technology plays an essential role in the business plan of an organization by improving productivity, creating opportunities, and refining customer-business interactions. Most businesses make use of internal talents in their company to take charge of installation and management of new technology. Since most professionals have basic IT training, this strategy may prove to be […]

What Is a Managed IT Service Provider & Where Do You Find One?

If you’re running a large business and find that it’s growing faster than your “IT department” it may be time to look into consulting a managed IT service provider.  Many large companies consider those few people that come to the rescue when their technology goes down their IT department. This however cannot sustain, nonetheless help […]

Is It Important To Network Your Companies Computers?

Have you ever lost files or data on your computer and could not get them back? Did your computer somehow get malware and you aren’t able to access your data? Did your files become corrupt and couldn’t be retrieved? The best solution would be to have some kind of backup before these problems occur. Data […]

Why opt for professional computer repair instead of DIY

Do-it-yourself has become a popular trend these days. YouTube has made it easy for you to find videos on pretty much anything and learn how to do it on your own. Isn’t that great? There is no need for you to hire a professional anymore! Imagine the money you save and the sense of achievement […]

Introducing the Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta

For the last four years, ransomware has evolved into one of the biggest threats to cyber security that I’ve seen in a long time. Names like CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, and CTBLocker keep average computer users and IT security Jedis alike up at night. For good reason: Ransomware is cunning, effective, and proliferating, and the cyber security […]

New Ransomware will lock your PC: Beware of Cryptowall

New Ransomware will lock your PC, demand $700

Thousands of people are turning on their PC these days, only to find their screen locked.

And a pop up demands money, a lot of money, to unlock it.

It's no joke, and it is something you need to know about it before it happens to you.

Don Daniels turned to a local computer repair firm, hoping they could rescue his laptop from someone trying to extort hundreds of dollars from him.

"You feel robbed," he said

He was searching travel websites when his PC locked up, a strange message appearing.

"I realized that my computer was being held hostage," he said.

His laptop had been targeted by something known as "ransomware," and a virus specifically called Cryptolocker or, in its newest incarnation, Cryptowall.

"It was saying I need to pay a fee of $700, and if I don't pay it in a certain amount of time that it goes to $1,000," Daniels said.

Computer repair expert John Andrea -- of Mobile Technology Solutions -- says it's not a hoax.

"It encrypts your personal files with bank level security, and there is almost no way to break the encryption," he said.

Andrea says it typically comes in through infected e-mails, and if your computer gets it, you need to act fast.

"It will also start a timer ticking down," Andrea said. "Usually it gives you 7 days to pay the ransom. If you don't pay it in 7 days, then the amount doubles."

The scammers will demand you pay them through untraceable Green Dot Money Cards, or through the online currency Bitcoin, also untraceable.

He told Daniels he could remove the virus, but that it is sometimes impossible to restore the locked files.

In that case your options are "forget about it, leave them encrypted, or pay the ransom," he said, adding that many people end up paying.

So how can you protect yourself?

Don't open suspicious e-mails, be very careful opening email attachments, and back up your files and photos to the cloud or an external hard drive.

Daniels, who now has most of his files back, says it was harrowing.

Andrea has one more tip: If this happens to you, shut down your computer immediately, so that the virus cannot encrypt all your files, and call an expert.

Don't keep your computer running as you try to see if you can remove it. A layman cannot easily remove it, and every minute your PC runs, more and more files are getting encrypted by the virus.

Once they are encrypted, it may be impossible to restore them without paying the ransom.

Original Source: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/05/new-ransomware-will-lock-your-pc-demand-700-113718.html

New, dangerous computer virus uses an old trick you’ve probably forgotten about

Everything old is new again…that applies to computer virus attacks, too. Remember the good old days when booby-trapped emails contacting macro-infected Word documents and spreadsheets were the biggest threat to computer users? Well, they are back. Microsoft issued a pretty specific warning this week at its Malware Protection Center, saying its seen a surge of macro-based […]

More Information on the Mac Flashback Virus.

Most Mac users think they are safe from the more malicious viruses out there.  However, as the Mac's popularity grows, it becomes more and more of a target.  As we posted Friday, over 600, 000 Macs are now infected by it.

So here's some quick facts about the virus to keep yourself informed including how to determine if you have it.

We've already received numerous Mac's into the office for virus removal dealing with the Flashback. If you think you may be infected or know you are, bring your Mac by for a quick evaluation.  It's only $29.95 and we can see what's going on. If you are infected we can clean it up for $69.95 with the $29.95 going towards the removal.