When your computer has been hijacked and whoever has taken over the system shuts you out, you have a problem in your hands. One of the famous malware programs popular for doing this is Cryptolocker. In this article, we look at how to remove Cryptolocker and other ransomware viruses.

What Is Cryptolocker?

Cryptolocker is a malicious virus that was first identified in 2013. It was distributed by the Gameover ZeuS botnet. After working hard for almost a year, virus researchers were able to close its distribution channels. Even though it looked like the virus had been eradicated, it keeps coming back into the market in various versions.

The virus is spread through email messages that on the surface look harmless. The virus is usually carried in malicious attachments. The virus attacks your computer as soon as you open the message and its attachment. The following thing you get is a ransom note telling you that to encrypt your personal files; you have to pay a ransom. However, many PC users later notice that even after paying the fine; there is no guarantee that they will be able to get their files again.

How To Remove Cryptolocker

The way to deal with this ransomware will depend on the operating system you are using.

Use Safe Mode with Networking For Windows 7, Vista, and Other Users

o       Start by shutting down your computer

o       When you restart the computer, as it is starting, press the F8 button. This should be done before the Windows logo appears.

o       Select the Safe Mode With Networking option using the arrows on the keyboard.

o       Follow this by pressing Enter.

For Windows 8 and 8.1

The following steps will work for Windows 8 and 8.1. It will also work for other versions before Windows 8.

o       Start by pressing the Windows Logo together with R. This will enable you to load the Run dialog box.

o       After typing “msconfig,” press the Enter button.

o       Follow this by clicking the Boot tab. From the options you get in this tab, check “Safe Boot” and then “Network.”

o       When all this is done, you can now click OK and then restart the computer.

If you use this method, remember that in order to use Windows in the normal mode, you will need to make sure that you have unchecked the “Safe Boot” mode. To do this, you will need to follow the same procedure outlined above.

Stop Malicious Attacks Before They Happen

The best way to deal with malicious attacks such as Cryptolocker is to stop them before they happen. You can do this by deploying software packages such as Total System Care. This software, designed by SafeBytes, looks after the whole system by doing a scan to see if there are any dangerous tracking cookies that could infect your system with ransomware. Having a defense such as this one will ensure that you are not paying to access your own files. The complication with paying a ransom is that there is no guarantee that you will get access to your files.