Security, Cryptolocker, Ransomware, Malware

I believe I opened an attachment that was Malware and might be cryptoware. What can I do?

Cryptolocker/Ransomware scams involve a type of malware that infects computers and restricts users' access to their files or threatens the permanent destruction of their information unless a ransom is paid. Once Ransomware launches on your machine, it is nearly impossible to access your files.

For University-owned machines, turn off your machine and contact

For future reference you will want to back up your files to cloud storage service that keeps a history or archive of your files. Such options include:

U of I Box :
Google Drive:
Microsoft OneDrive:

What can you do to avoid this in the future?

More detailed info from Microsoft can be found here.

Keywords:crypto malware cryptovirus locky   Doc ID:62569
Owner:Security S.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2016-04-07 10:15 CSTUpdated:2021-06-08 13:12 CST
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