Virus News Update! Cryptolocker Virus

I’m sure many of you have heard about this particularly nasty virus that is taking the IT world by storm.  The Cryptolocker virus usually comes to your computer as an email attachment but other methods of installation have also been reported.  Once installed the virus encrypts your documents on not only your local hard drive but on any attached hard drives as well.  This means that your external hard drive could be encrypted as well.  The best thing to do is to backup your data and then remove your external hard drive.  Once your files are encrypted you have several choices, either pay the ransom and hope it decrypts your files properly, forget about having access to your files forever, or attempt to restore your files from a shadow copy or recent backup.  Without the proper key nothing is going to break that encryption code and unfortunately the virus only gives you so many hours to pay up or lose your files. 

 So that was the bad news about this particularly nasty virus, now for the good news.  You can prevent this virus from infecting your system in the first place.  Don’t rely on your antivirus program from saving the day; in most cases it won’t even pick up on this virus.  There is another way to save your system and that’s buy using this particular program called Cryptoprevent found here. Follow the directions and run the program and you will be protected from this type of virus.  The other thing you can do is be careful of your email attachments and don’t open anything you’re not familiar with.  As with any virus as long as you are aware of these viruses and take certain precautions you should be ok. 

 If at any time you are unsure of how to use the Cryptoprevent software and would prefer a professional to protect your system, you can set up an appointment with me.  You can contact me through my website at www.computeremporium.ca or email me at scott@computeremporium.ca or call me and set up an appointment at 519-802-2721.

Community Involvement

As a small business owner I like to give back to my community whenever I can.  One way I’ve been able to do that is to coach a youth’s softball team and have done so for the past couple of season.  I get a great deal of pleasure out of seeing how happy these kids are in a team setting.  They accomplish so much and I always make sure they have fun.  This past season I came across a young lad who wanted to play but really didn’t have the money for the registration fees.  As things were a little tough for me I wasn’t able to afford to help him but I used my contacts I knew and was able to raise the money to get him signed up.  The amount of joy this child had in playing has encouraged me to continue to try and help other children in my community.  So with your help together we can make these kids lives a little better by allowing them to play sports and be part of a team.  If you would like to donate any small amount please follow the link to my donation page.  I thank you for your help and support after all it takes a community to raise a child properly.