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Info: The original Crypto Locker infection was disabled on June 2nd, 2014 when Operation Gameover took down its distribution network.
Since then there have been numerous ransomware infections that have been released that utilize the Crypto Locker name.
When it has finished encrypting your files, it will display a Crypto Locker payment program that prompts you to send a ransom of either 0 or 0 in order to decrypt the files.
This screen will also display a timer stating that you have 72 hours, or 4 days, to pay the ransom or it will delete your encryption key and you will not have any way to decrypt your files.
One good example for that is my own password recovery tools: Most people need these tools to recover their own lost password.
These password tools, like many other utilities out there, can also be used by hackers for bad purposes.
It should be noted that these infections are not the same infection that is discussed below.
Some other tools, like Produ Key, Reg Scanner, Web Video Cap, Nir Cmd, and others that don’t recover any password, are still constantly targeted by Antivirus companies, without any known reason.Needless to say – all these virus-related email messages that I receive every day are a big headache and require me to waste my time on answering/handling them,instead of adding new features to my utilities and updating my site.If you feel frustrated, like me, about all these false alerts, you can help me and other small developers to stop Antivirus programs from detecting innocent tools as Viruses/Trojans. Here’s some examples: This entry was posted by Nir Soft on May 17, 2009 at pm under Antivirus Issues.You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.Follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.I must say that some Antivirus companies are a little more gentle, and classify these tools as “Security Threat” or “Riskware” which is much better than classifying them as Virus or Trojan, but they still prevent the user from running them – by deleting them or by putting them in quarantine.Also, many users don’t know what is difference between Virus and Riskware, and when they get these “Riskware” alerts, they still think that my tools are infected with a Virus named “Riskware”.Unfortunately, this infection is devious and many people have no choice but to pay the ransom in order to get their files back.I apologize in advance if this is seen as helping the developers, when in fact my goal is to help the infected users with whatever they decide to do.All of this information has been compiled from my own experimentation with this infection, from Fabian Wosar of Emsisoft who first analyzed this infection, and through all the consultants and visitors who contributed to our 207 page Crypto Locker support topic.Big thanks to everyone who contributed information about this infection.