New Virus Alert from Vantage Point Solutions Group!

Please read this message as it contains very important information!

There is a new virus circulating the Internet lately that can have a significant impact on your data. This new virus is a “Crypto Locker” program. An infected PC will show a warning that if you don’t pay a $300 fee the virus will encrypt some or all of the files on your hard drive, as well as any network drives!

Below is a screenshot of what the virus “Crypto Locker” program looks like:

screenshot-of-the-virus-Crypto-Locker-program

It is possible to remove the virus infections, but if the files are encrypted there is almost ZERO chance of decryption and the data will be lost! Choosing to pay the ransom may or may not get your data back.

It is absolutely critical that you keep your systems safe:

  • DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS OR CLICK ON UNKOWN LINKS ESPECIALLY IN SOCIAL MEDIA ENVIRONMENTS!
  • If you keep data on your local PC, make sure you make multiple backup copies to REMOVABLE storage.

VPSG has several tools to help you prevent data loss if you are infected. If you are a VPSG customer your antivirus will be kept up to date, but this may not solve the problem if you click on a link and allow the program to run! If you are not running one of VPSG’s backup systems that provides for offsite backups with multiple iterations, please contact us right away!