Cryptolocker is notorious for seizing your files and holding them for ransom. No wonder most people call it ransomware. What do you need to know about it?

The Cryptolocker malware had a major negative impact when it arrived on the scene in 2013 and infected Microsoft software computers. For people who have never had the unfortunate experience of encountering this nasty virus, learning about it will keep you alert. Today, there are ways of decrypting files that have been held hostage by the malware.

The worst thing is that it demands that you pay a certain amount before you can get your files back. Just imagine having important files under siege and the only way to retrieve them is to pay a particular amount of money with no assurance that the virus will not strike back again.

What to do when the ransomware encrypts your files

The worst thing about the malware is that it not only affects the on-site hard disks that you have but also any data sync services or backup systems that are connected to the infected computer. It is important to choose online backup solution which support file versioning and which keeps data for at least 30 days. In such case, you will probably have enough time to see the problem and to restore intact version of the file.