CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware

CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware Description

The CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware is a version of a well-known ransomware Trojan known as CryptoLocker that targets computer users in Portuguese-speaking countries, particularly making victims in Brazil. During its attack, the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware will display customized messages that use logos and pictures associated with companies in the targeted countries. Malware analysts strongly advise computer users to beware of messages that appear to come from these companies, especially if they try to convince you to download and execute an attached file. The files used to deliver the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware and similar threats take the form of a ZIP archive or a word processor document with corrupted macros activated.

The CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware is as Threatening as Its Antecessor

The CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware Trojan carries out its attack by encrypting the victims' files. The CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware uses strong encryption algorithms, including the AES and RSA encryption. The CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware also includes obfuscation measures that prevent PC security analysts from studying many aspects of its attack that could be used to create a remedy to these threat infections. Like other encryption ransomware Trojans, one of the most important aspects of the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware is that once the victim's files have been encrypted, it becomes almost impossible to recover the affected files. Because of this, the best measures to deal with the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware and similar threats are preemptive. Taking the necessary precautions to have file backups and a reliable security program is the best method to ensure that the damage from a potential CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware attack is limited.

How the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware may Infect a Computer

After the victim opens the corrupted file attachment, the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware will run on the victim's computer. The CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware will search the victim's computer for numerous file types, including files that are associated with programs like Microsoft Office, Libre Office, GIMP, Adobe Photoshop, Photofiltre Studio, AutoCAD, SQLite and Mandriva. The CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware also targets Web servers and networks associated with small businesses. The CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware uses a strong encryption method to make the files inaccessible, renaming the files in the process by adding the extension '.id-[RANDOM NUMBER]_steaveiwalker@india.com_' to the end of each compromised files' name. Once a file has been compromised during a CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware attack, it will no longer be inaccessible and may show up as a blank icon on the Windows Explorer, since it will no longer be recognized.

How the Extortionists Use the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware to Make Money

After the victim's files have been compromised, the people responsible for the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware will demand that the victim pays a ransom by communicating with the email addresses mentioned in the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware attack. In general, victims will have to pay hundreds of dollars in exchange for the decryption key, needed to restore the affected files. Malware analysts strongly advise computer users against paying the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware ransom. Apart from the fact that there is no guarantee that the con artists will keep their word and deliver the decryption key after payment, paying this ransom allows these people to continue creating these threats to carry out additional attacks.

Dealing with the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware

Malware analysts strongly advise computer users to take preventive measures to avoid attacks like the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware. The best way to limit the damage from a CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware, and render the malware completely ineffective, is to have backup copies of all files on an external memory device or the cloud. This allows computer users to restore the affected files from the backup, eliminating any need to pay the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware ransom. Computer users also can prevent the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware from entering a computer in the first place by being cautious when handling email attachments and unsolicited email messages and through the use of a reliable security program that is fully up-to-date to intercept the CryptoLocker Portuguese Ransomware in the case of a breach.

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