|A new virus is circling the globe that Encrypts your data and
then ransom's your machine for money to get your files back!
Most of these are spreading through emails that say you have a package
that was not delivered or an invoice is attached in a form of a zip
file and when you download it and open it, your machine gets infected
and it encrypts all of your data.
is NO WAY to de-crypt your data if you get encrypted! Unless
you have a full backup your data might be lost forever! I have
even seen that this virus also encrypts your backup device that is
attached to your computer (USB drive) so that backup is also
useless. It also looks for mapped drives and encrypts them
also. Which can include data on your server or shared
So what can I do to help prevent this.
Know what file types your files are before you open something that
is sent to you. Below is a long list of files that can be safe
or NOT safe. If you have trouble with this information and
can't figure it out please contact me and I can help you with this.
A file extension is the part after the file name.
Most people know about a PDF document If a document is called
readme.pdf you can see the extension is a .pdf.
Your computer might be set to hide extensions but if you right click
a file and go to properties it should show the extension. (you
can also turn on extensions in the control panel under Folder Options |
View | remove the check from Hide extensions for known file types)
Also be aware virus will mask them selves by hiding the
extension in a double extension Example:
This is usually how they
IF YOU ARE NOT SURE IF AN ATTACHMENT IS SAFE, SAVE
A COPY TO YOUR DESKTOP BUT DO NOT RUN IT. THEN UPLOAD IT TO
THIS SITE TO SCAN IT TO SEE IF IT IS A VIRUS. NOTE IT CAN TAKE
UP TO 3 DAYS FOR VIRUS SOFTWARE COMPANY'S TO CATCH UP WITH A VIRUS.
TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CRYPTO VIRUS YOU CAN GO
THIS GUY HAS A PROGRAM THAT IS SUPPOSE TO HELP
PREVENT THIS VIRUS, BUT I HAVE NOT TESTED IT AS OF YET AND I'M SURE
THE VIRUS PEOPLE WILL FIND A WAY AROUND IT
TO DOWNLOAD A TOOL TO POSSIBLY PREVENT THIS GO
GOTO THE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR LINK:
P.S. I know of one customer that pd the ransom
($300) and did get their files back. I have also heard that
our government is shutting down the servers that collect the ransom
and if your ransom server has been shut down their will be no
way to decrypt your files.
BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP..... and don't keep the backup device
These Extensions are safe
.gif .jpg .jpeg .mpg .mpeg .mp3.pdf .tiff .tif .txt .wav
These Extension are some what safe. Some of the office Files can
have Scripts that can cause a macro virus that is attached to also
get run. Use Caution when opening them.
.odt .odp .ods. .docx .xlsx .pptx
.DOC, .XLS, .PPT Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
documents. These can contain malicious macro code.
.DOCM, .DOTM, .XLSM, .XLTM, .XLAM, .PPTM, .POTM, .PPAM, .PPSM, .SLDM
New file extensions introduced in Office 2007. The M at the end of
the file extension indicates that the document contains Macros. For
example, a .DOCX file contains no macros, while a .DOCM file can
A zip file can be used to deliver a virus or Crypto program to
you and contains other files.
You should not open a zip file unless you absolutely know it is from
someone you know and you were expecting it. Other than that you
should not open it. Call me if you are not sure 1st.
DO NOT OPEN A FILE
WITH THESE EXTENSIONS UNLESS YOU ARE TRYING TO INSTALL SOMETHING,
AND YOU WERE TOLD TO OPEN IT.
THE MOST DANGEROUS FILE TYPES ARE:
.exe .com .pif .bat .scr
.EXE An executable program file. Most of the applications
running on Windows are .exe files.
.PIF A program information file for MS-DOS programs. While .PIF
files arent supposed to contain executable code, Windows will treat
.PIFs the same as .EXE files if they contain executable code.
.APPLICATION An application installer deployed with Microsofts
.GADGET A gadget file for the Windows desktop gadget technology
introduced in Windows Vista.
.MSI A Microsoft installer file. These install other applications
on your computer, although applications can also be installed by
.MSP A Windows installer patch file. Used to patch applications
deployed with .MSI files.
.COM The original type of program used by MS-DOS.
.SCR A Windows screen saver. Windows screen savers can contain
.HTA An HTML application. Unlike HTML applications run in
browsers, .HTA files are run as trusted applications without
.CPL A Control Panel file. All of the utilities found in the
Windows Control Panel are .CPL files.
.MSC A Microsoft Management Console file. Applications such as the
group policy editor and disk management tool are .MSC files.
.JAR .JAR files contain executable Java code. If you have the Java
runtime installed, .JAR files will be run as programs.
.BAT A batch file. Contains a list of commands that will be
run on your computer if you open it. Originally used by MS-DOS.
.CMD A batch file. Similar to .BAT, but this file extension was
introduced in Windows NT.
.VB, .VBS A VBScript file. Will execute its included VBScript code
if you run it.
.VBE An encrypted VBScript file. Similar to a VBScript file, but
its not easy to tell what the file will actually do if you run it.
are safe if run in Web browsers. However, Windows will run .JS files
outside the browser with no sandboxing.
.WS, .WSF A Windows Script file.
.WSC, .WSH Windows Script Component and Windows Script Host
control files. Used along with with Windows Script files.
.PS1, .PS1XML, .PS2, .PS2XML, .PSC1, .PSC2 A Windows PowerShell
script. Runs PowerShell commands in the order specified in the file.
.MSH, .MSH1, .MSH2, .MSHXML, .MSH1XML, .MSH2XML A Monad script
file. Monad was later renamed PowerShell.
.SCF A Windows Explorer command file. Could pass potentially
dangerous commands to Windows Explorer.
.LNK A link to a program on your computer. A link file could
potentially contain command-line attributes that do dangerous
things, such as deleting files without asking.
.INF A text file used by AutoRun. If run, this file could
potentially launch dangerous applications it came with or pass
dangerous options to programs included with Windows.
.REG A Windows registry file. .REG files contain a list of
registry entries that will be added or removed if you run them. A
malicious .REG file could remove important information from your
registry, replace it with junk data, or add malicious data.
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