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Crypto Malware

Malware-infected Windows computers that encrypt the hard drive and request a ransom payment before the deadline. There are many versions of crypto locker malware commonly known as "crypto-malware" or "crypto-ransomware". 

CryptoLocker is one version of it that has been in the news and new versions continue to appear.

If you get any ransomware on your computer immediately disconnect the backup devices such as external hard drives or flash drives and disconnect the computer from the network by disconnecting the Ethernet cable to the computer and/or your wireless or Wi-Fi connection.

To Best Protect Your Devices from Crypto Malware:

1. You can obtain this ransomware by opening an email attachment. Do not try to open email attachments unless you are sure that they are legitimate. Usually, the email attached to the attachment relates to your complaint, consumer complaint, or customer complaint. 

The attachment can be tagged or described in the email as containing details about the resolution of the complaint and/or as having information on compensation or refunds.

2. If you try to open an insecure attachment or download an unsafe file your antivirus / anti-crypto mining malware software will block the action in some cases and others warn you not to open the file. 

The antivirus / anti-crypto crypto-jacking malware software at ESET College will not give false-positive results.

3. Maintain the operating system of your computer or device and software including:

- Windows or Mac OS X.

Update your Windows Web browser and Internet Explorer using Control Panel> Windows Update.

Update Mac (operating system) OS X and the Safari web browser using the Apple menu> Software Update.

Update mobile devices as appropriate using settings.

- Web browsers (Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox)

If your college computer is running a particular version of Internet Explorer do not use it except for trusted college applications. Use another browser such as Chrome or Firefox for browsing and keep this browser up to date.

- Web browser plugins and extensions (Adobe Flash Java Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Silverlight)

Use the browser help to find out how to update extensions and/or extensions.

4. Updated anti-virus / anti-malware device. Your College Computer is equipped with ESET antivirus/cryptocurrency ransomware or crypto-mining malware software and you can download one copy for free to your PC.

5. Backup your important data. Disconnect the backup storage from your computer or local area network and storage devices in a secure location when not in use.

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