We are not sure what exactly happened in the month of July but we can tell that the Computer Virus is back in full force. Computer Viruses are definitely on an uptick in Denver by the increased call volume at our headquarters in Broomfield. We thought it would be a good time to talk specifically about two particularly nasty viruses we have been dealing with across multiple clients this month.
The first computer virus is Cryptolocker. This first emerged last year and it really has reared its ugly head once again. Once your system become infected with the Cryptolocker virus all of your files will become encrypted and it will be impossible to access these files without shelling out big bucks to the criminals behind this computer virus and we never, ever, recommend that route. The latest rash of Cryptolocker instances we have run into have been as a result of a version of the computer virus directly targeted at gamers. They are taking advantage of a hole that existed in Adobe for users that still use flash. There has been a patch released and we should all make it a habit to install updates regularly.
Something that has become increasingly important as the Ransomware Viruses become more and more prevalent is computer backups. However, if you are using an external that is always attached to the computer please know that the external will become encrypted. So it becomes useless. If you are going to use an external always disconnect it after the backup is completed but additionally we suggest using an offsite cloud based backup as well.
The second computer virus we have been dealing with lately is the Speed Browser Virus. This nasty little virus will replace your Internet Explorer icon with Speed Browser when launched it and appears to be a Google Chrome browser but it is not. The thing that is particularly scary about this one is that a user could possibly be logging on to their bank, financial institutions, etc and those keystrokes are going to be logged by the cyber thiefs. Very scary.
It is extremely important to be careful about the websites you are visiting, links your are clicking on, and emails that you are opening. Make sure that your computer virus software is updated and is running scans regularly. We personally use and recommend AVG.
It is always a good idea to have a PC Tuneup once a year to keep your computer running the way that it should be and to remove any possible viruses you have picked up. If you suspect you have a virus you should always take care to get it removed immediately to protect yourself.
You can call the office at 720-746-9763 with any questions or to schedule an appointment today.
Code Blue Computing is a Broomfield, Colorado based I.T. Service and Support company that service the entire Metro Denver area. Specialties include: computer repair, virus removal, data backup and recovery, and networking. Towns serviced include: Northglenn, Denver, Broomfield, Westminster, Superior, and Remote Support is available throughout the country.