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New Ransomware Wants You To Infect Your Friends

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, Security Help
 
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A particularly vicious new form of malware allows you to unlock your files by tricking two other people into downloading the malware.

It’s called ‘Popcorn Time.’  Once it gets on your PC, it locks your files and gives you only 7 days to pay the crooks around $800  or your files will be locked forever.

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The files will also be locked forever if you attempt to enter the encryption key that unlocks your files too many times.  This virus locks up everything from your library files including pictures, documents, and music. It also goes after many other types of file extensions.

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When you’re hit, the scammers offer you two ways to restore your files.  One is called the “fast and easy” way, which is to pay their ransom. Then they’ll give you a decryption key. (at least that’s what they say. There’s no reason to trust these people.)

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The “nasty way” is to send the link to other people. If two or more download the files and pay to unlock their files, they’ll unlock your files for free. It’s the nastiest referral program I’ve ever heard of.

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These crooks assure their victims that the money is going to pay for food and medicine to help Syrian refugees. I’m sure it will. I mean, why would these guys lie?

As always, have all of your files backed up externally or in the cloud. Be extremely careful what you click on. If you are infected, do not pay these creeps. And, for goodness sake, don’t be a creep and try to trick others into downloading this malware if you do find your files locked. Not only is it wrong, it’s a crime.  Get thee to a tech professional. They may be able to help.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “New Ransomware Wants You To Infect Your Friends”

  1. Ernest White says:

    In Oct of this year 2016 we this happen to us. They wanted $129.00 They took our AVAST off & Malwarbytes off line We had no choice but to pay.We told them we don’t have that kind of money. They said write a blank check for the money No name. They then said hold it up to the screen so they can copy it. We did but we never seen the check cashed.

    • Genie says:

      I hope you’ve changed your bank account since then…they can’t cash the check from just a picture, but they can use the bank info at the bottom of the check AT ANY TIME for electronic funds transfers. They may be waiting til a time when they have reason to believe you may have some money since you told them you had none then (like after tax returns start getting filed.)

  2. Bill says:

    I have had this happen to me more than once and all I did was key in CTR/ALT/DELETE and when the Task Manager opened I keyed in End Task and the ransomeware went away. It’s worth a try. If you print this they may figure a go around. And maybe it won’t work all the time.
    -Bill

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