Yesterday, we reported that - UK's National Crime Agency has given out an urgent national alert that a mass spamming event targeting 10 million UK based email users with CryptoLocker.
- Most viruses are introduced by opening infected attachments or clicking on links to malware usually contained in spam emails. Avoid opening emails and attachments from unknown sources, especially zip or rar archive files.
- Most people have some anti-virus program, but how do you know it's effective? Ensure you have best one active and up-to-date.
- Also keep your operating system and software up-to-date.
- Keep a backup. If you have a real-time backup software then make sure that you first clean the computer and then restore the unencrypted version of the files.
- Create files in the Cloud and upload photos to online accounts like Flickr or Picasa.
- Windows 7 users should set up the System Restore points or, if you are using Windows 8, configure it to keep the file history.
- Make sure you have reformatted your hard drive to completely remove the CryptoLocker trojan before you attempt to re-install Windows and/or restore your files from a backup.