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Warning released about deadly PC Virus cases in Suffolk

Warning released about deadly PC Virus cases in Suffolk

React Computer Partnership based at Deben Mill Business Park in Woodbridge are seeing an increasing number of virus attacks called Cryptolocker. Director Francis Pledger explains: “It’s probably the worst we have seen for a good while. Cryptolocker basically encrypts your data and gives you a message saying you have something like 70 or 100 hours after which we will destroy the key and your data will be useless and it’s serious.  Once your PC is infected you have two options; remove the virus and go back to a good backup, or pay the money.”

Top security experts warn, if you don’t have a good backup and don’t pay the money there is no way of unencrypting the data. F-Secure – one of the world’s top Virus Protection companies so far has tried and failed to get around Cryptolocker the hackers have done such a good job. You may well wonder why has this latest deadly virus been created? Well earlier this year, researchers from Symantec who infiltrated the servers of one ransomware syndicate conservatively estimated that its operators were easily able to clear $5 million per year

React have been monitoring reports which say if you pay up the hackers behind Cryptolocker will send the key, to unlock your data. However as Francis explains there’s no guarantee: “We have seen some companies successfully receiving the key to unlock their data after, of course, paying a substantial ransom but the worry is that once they’ve infiltrated your networks with this virus there is no way of knowing what may happen in the future.” 

So how does it infect files?

Cryptolocker is often spread by the DHL type email which has been common recently arriving in your inbox with a zip file attachment, although React have seen some as a harmless-looking word document attachments. 

How can I protect my PCs?

Firstly you must make sure your antivirus software is up to date, and don’t open any attachments you are unsure of. Make a current back up and keep it up-to-date. Without a backup your only choice is to pay up or lose your data.

Francis concludes: “Please do take notice, protect your PCs and spread the word amongst your own email contacts too - it’s the only sure way hackers can be defeated effectively, in the meantime please take this warning seriously and do stay safe.”

For Cryptolocker updates go to www.reactcp.co.uk

Article by React Computer Partnership

As well as helping businesses with their IT networking requirements, we hold a variety of regular seminars designed to help businesses work more efficiently by using the very latest IT Technology including 'Docuware' - to encourage less paperwork and more productivity in the work place, we promise no jargon just solutions. For more information or free advice check out their website www.reactcp.co.uk or phone them on 01394 387337.

'Unlike many computer support services, React Computer Partnership actually listened!'

At React Computer Partnership we are very aware that your IT network is a critical part of your business infrastructure and any failure is likely to cause significant problems for you. We therefore design our support services to ensure your system is extremely reliable and efficient and downtime is kept to a minimum. With our help, your business will have 99.9% availability. Working with you we can arrange for the installation of suitable hardware and software which works specifically for your business needs.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner we use Microsoft software on your system to warn us in advance of problems before they occur, enabling us to keep your business running seamlessly. We also arrange for quarterly maintenance visits and of course when there is a problem fix it swiftly too.

Day to day support is provided using our telephone help desk services, and remote access, providing instant help for all your workstations. Should it not be possible to resolve the problem through either of these methods we visit your offices, at no extra charge.

In the unlikely event of a critical failure, be assured your system is in safe hands. We take a special 'snapshot' of your operating system and set up, then store this securely at our offices. Once your hardware had been repaired we rebuild your system from the 'snapshot' providing you with an extremely fast and safe solution.

React Computer Partnership have built a reputation throughout East Anglia for providing a quality level of IT support services, ensuring businesses have a reliable and efficient system - allowing our customers to concentrate on running their businesses not their IT departments.

Any successful business needs to keep accurate records of each quote, and orders placed plus customers invoices sent - without disappearing under a mountain of paperwork. To reduce not only the time it takes to find these important documents but also the space they take up in your premises, let us introduce you to Docuware. It's an electronic filing system to manage all your paperwork and speed the flow of information around your departments, allowing you fast, easy access to all your documents at a moments notice.

We offer I.T. networking solutions to businesses large and small, throughout East Anglia, promising no jargon, just solutions. Plus we host regular technology seminars to help your business work more efficiently and increase your productivity. For more information or free advice please take a look at our website www.reactcp.co.uk or phone us on 01394 387337.

When we meet we can also discuss other services available for added security and peace of mind you may wish to consider for the future.

We would be delighted to provide you with a support service, we would need to visit your offices to undertake a initial system overview to document the actual configuration of the network and carry out any remedial work that is necessary. This work will be clearly identified before we continue.