CryptoPrevent was created by an experienced I.T. man named Nick Shaw, who saw a need for a small utility to apply Windows GPO (Group Policy Object) settings that lock out, for the most part, this creepy and creeping bit of ransomware named CryptoLocker.
The quick explanation is that CryptoLocker is downloaded to your computer via an infected website, email or USB device. It then encrypts any of your documents it can find and presents you with a ransom note. The newer versions of CryptoLocker go much further than the older versions. It now disables your computer until you pay the ransom. Nasty indeed!
In comes CryptoPrevent. You can use this tool to apply settings on your computer that help prevent CryptoLocker from running in the first place. I strongly recommend you download and use this tool on all your home computers. It’s free and has very little down-side. Make sure you reboot after you apply the settings. A reboot ensure the whitelist feature is applied correctly.
What else can you do to protect yourself?
#1 Install and keep up-to-date good antivirus and antimalware software.
#2 Ensure sure you have up-to-date file backups.
#3 Purchase, install and regularly use the latest Symantec System Recovery or something similar. Keep these SSR backups on a separate external drive, and only plug in that drive when you are actually creating or restoring from a SSR backup.
#4 Educate yourself regarding the latest threats you face and the techniques you can use to avoid them.
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