It often masquerades as an official-looking warning from a well-known law enforcement agency, such as the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Metropolitan Police Service of London (also known as Scotland Yard); it accuses the computer user of committing a computer-related crime and demands that the user pay a fine via electronic money transfer to regain control of the computer.
Suggested ways to avoid it -
- Keep all of the software on your computer up to date. Make sure automatic updating is turned on to get all the latest Microsoft security updates.
- Keep your firewall turned on.
- Don't open spam email messages or click links on suspicious websites.
- Use a Good Antivirus with latest Definitions all the time. Most forms of this Reveton malware are detected by anti-virus programmes so it pays to have an up to date software on your computer.
- Scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner.
- Backup Everything
- It is essential that you make regular routine backups in case your computer cannot be cleaned and you need to undertake a system restore or rebuild.
- Check Microsoft Security Bulletins and ensure your systems are fully patched against known vulnerabilities
- Alert others to prevent more attacks
- Please tell colleagues, friends and family who could be impacted by a ransomware infection
Next Steps -
- Do NOT pay the ransom
- If you are not that technical, seek expert help
- If you are confident, try cleaning the ransomware
- Be prepared to wipe systems and restore from backups
1. Microsoft Security Resources