(This article was written by Pensacola Computers and originally posted on PensacolaComputerHelp.com)
Recently a virus that has been around since earlier this year, has morphed into a greedier and more prolific version. The current version of this virus was first reported in September of 2013 and is considered to be in the class of Ransomware. What this virus does is it encrypts certain file types on your computer such as pictures, documents etc using a mixture of AES and RSA encryption. Once the virus has encrypted the files, you will not longer be able to access them, and it will display a CryptoLocker payment program which says you must pay $300 USD within 96 hours or the encryption key which will unlock your files will be destroyed making your files for all intents and purposes unrecoverable. Currently there is no one who has been able to crack this encryption, and a brute for attack to decrypt the files would take a super computer years and years.
Although some websites have reported that this virus makes your computer completely unusable, that is far from the truth, you can still use your computer, the virus makers need you to be able to use your computer to pay the ransom, you can even easily remove the virus, however at this time, the only known way to recover the files is to pay the ransom (we are not suggesting to do this, as there is still no guarantee that it will get you your files back). The virus is being spread most commonly through email attachments that pretend to be from places like FedEx, DHL, UPS and are often sent to company email addresses. The emails contain a ZIP file that when opened show a file that will often to appear to be a PDF file but is actually a exe file (file names like FORM_12345.pdf.exe with the exe being hidden depending upon your computer settings). In order to see the hidden exe extension in Windows, open Windows Explorer (file manager ie My Computer), and if on Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, go to Tools, Folder Options, View and uncheck the box that says “Hide extensions for known file types” – in Windows 8, go to the View tab at the top of Windows Explorer and Check the box that says “File name extensions”. You should never ever run any kind of .EXE file that comes in an email, and you should only open any kind of attachment when you know that the specific person who sent the email was sending you that specific file – when it doubt, call the person/business, or send them an email asking about it BEFORE you open the attachment.
It is also been mentioned that if your computer is already infected with some malware that makes your computer a member of a botnet, that this virus can be automatically downloaded by other malware on your computer – you should always keep your antivirus and antimalware software up to date and do regular scans! If you do get this virus and your files become encrypted, you have 96 hours to pay the ransom or the current copies of your files will become useless. This virus is especially dangerous to businesses as it is reported that it can and will encrypt files that are on mapped network drives (usually on servers in businesses where files are shared and stored). Unless you have what is called shadow copies enabled on your computers, or have online backups or backups that are not on any mapped network drives, it is possible that you will never be able to recover viable copies of these documents once they have been encrypted – we highly recommend using online backup such as iDrive or Carbonite – ( visit us at http://pensacolacomputers.com for more info on online backup solutions)
This virus is actually fairly easy to remove, however if it is removed by antivirus after the files are encrypted, you will have to manually re-install the virus in order to pay the ransom. The guys over at Bleepingcomputer.com have an excellent guide telling all about the cryptolocker virus as well as removal instructions – http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/cryptolocker-ransomware-information although if the virus morphs, these tools may not work.
For virus and malware removal, or general computer repair or computer service here in Pensacola Florida, Call Pensacola Computers today at (850) 390.4242
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Pensacola Computers Presents:
A tutorial how to install Century Eyes 1.0 on your Gtablet. A 1.2 based ROM for the Gtab based on the Notion Ink Adam Firmware. Pre Rooted with busybox, Gapps, Adhoc Networking, Flash Player, Dock config for Ethernet, Youtube & Home Switcher apks. Thanks to Roebeet at Slatedroid for this great ROM
Thanks to Roebeet at Slatedroid.com. Full install instructions may be found here: http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/17073-rom-century-eyes-alternative-12-based-firmware-g-tabletzpad-t2/
This is not suggest for the first timer as it is highly recommended that you are able to use nvflash and adb. It is also highly suggested to run from the 4349 updated stock Viewsonic or you seriously risk soft bricking your device
Pensacola Computers Presents: Installing TNT Lite 3.1 & 3.14 update on a rooted Viewsonic G-Tablet using Clockwork Recovery. Also show how to fix some startup errors using ROM manager to fix file permissions. Flash update.zip to your gtab by booting into Clockwork recovery.
Pensacola Computers presents – Tethering your Viewsonic G-Tablet Android 2.2 to a Droid 1 for 3G wirless access using Barnacle to turn your Droid into a wireless hotspot. Both devices must be Rooted, Download Barnacle to Droid via Marketplace. G-Tablet running TNT Lite 2, with Clockwork mod recovery (needed to install wpa_adhoc-signed.zip file). G-Tablet shown tethered to Droid 1 3g via Barnacle wireless hotspot. *Note: Use of Tether may violate your wireless carriers TOS and may incur additional charges if you have high data usage
- G-Tablet forum with great info about how to Root the G-Tab, install Flash, Marketplace etc – http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=841
- Files need for wireless hotspot to be recognized on G-Tablet – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=9411020
I recently purchased a Viewsonic G-Tablet from Sears for $379, which was a good deal considering it came with a free docking station. At first use, I was ready to return it, as the native interface was just terrible. However, after doing a bit of digging on the web, I found some great information on the forums at xda-developers.com on how to really make this device fly.
Now granted, this stuff is not for the non-technically inclined as it involves doing some things that if done wrong, can really mess up your device. However, I was able to do a bit of reading and easily follow the instructions on how to Root this Android 2.2 device, how to install the Google apps, including the Marketplace (which is needed to easily download the best Android apps), how to install Flash 10.1 which gives me the full web experience including all of YouTube videos (something you will never be able to do on an iPad!). In the end I found that this Android 2.2 G-tablet can scream performance wise, and with the full flash web experience, full app store and 16:9 HD video this is definitely a worthy competitor for the iPad as it can do a number of things that the iPad cant. USB port, built in camera/webcam, wireless b/g/n, bluetooth, great audio and video support, these are the things that a tablet needs.
See the video below for a visual review of what the tablet does once it has been properly tweaked!
Pensacola Computers Presents: G-Tablet from Viewsonic, terrible as stock, but once tweaked and rooted it rocks. Google apps installed, including marketplace, Flash 10.1, Pandora, Winamp. Full YouTube website all videos available – you won’t get that on an iPad. nVidia Tegra is speedy, and this is definitely a great tablet if you aren’t afraid to do some rooting – thanks to everyone at xda-developers.com.
Update: After manually rooting and installing, I then updated to the TNT-lite, which fixed the AngryBirds not working properly. I also was successfully able to tether this to my rooted Droid1 phone via Barnacle and now have a working tablet that is able to go online anywhere via the 3G from the Droid!. I also was able to install Orb and then using the orb.com website I can stream video to the G-Tablet from my PC
See the Tethering video post here: http://pensacolacomputers.com/?p=247
For those who are still using Windows XP (still quite a few, although that number is rapidly decreasing), here is a short tutorial from Pensacola Computers on how to use System restore in XP Safe Mode. This can be extremely useful when faced with a virus, malware, or any kind of software change that has made using XP in regular mode difficult or impossible. System restore is often the easiest way to reverse the harmful effects of a virus or malware. Always be aware that System Restore, while reversing software changes, does NOT remove files, so even if the virus or malware is not active, the files are still there and must be removed. If you are using System restore due to a virus or malware infection, be sure to run full virus and malware/spyware scans as well as reapplying any needed Windows and software updates. While system restore is not always able to fix a bad virus or malware infection, it is a great first step in attempting to bring your system back to a usable state.
Visit Pensacola Computers Tech Support page for links for the best free and paid for antivirus, antimalware, and antispyware software.
If you need more in-depth help with virus removal, malware removal, computer service, or computer repair here in Pensacola Florida, please give Jeff at Pensacola Computers a call today at 850*390-4242
Pensacola Computers Presents – PowerPoint 2010 Photo Gallery and Picture Tools
In this tutorial we look at a couple of great features in the new PowerPoint 2010.
Photo Gallery allows you to select a group of Photos and have PowerPoint create a gallery for you with one slide for each photos. It also allows you to select a theme for your gallery as well as make adjustments to the photos prior to creating the gallery.
Picture Tools in PowerPoint 2010 are much improved and offer great features such as Styles, 3D frames, Artistic effects, and a number of improved editing features which help make stunning PowerPoint presentations.
*Note: this video is recorded in HD and is best viewed full screen
Stay tuned for more tutorials for the new Microsoft Office 2010 products here at Pensacola Computers.
Be sure to visit our Computer Service and Tech Support pages for links to free software and other great resources!
Pensacola Computers Presents – Windows 7 Quick Tips – part II
Here we show you how to use the new Library Folders in Windows 7. A great way to organize your files and folders to save time and find things easily. This is a new feature that is included in all versions of Windows 7, and a great time saver!
Brought to you in 720P HD – for best results, watch in full screen mode
You can also watch this directly on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX8QvPIdZfE
Pensacola Computers Presents – Windows 7 Quick Tips – part I
Here we offer a couple of great quick tips that include: How to open a command prompt at a specific folder location using Shift>Right Click, and how to use the Windows Key and arrow keys to ‘Snap’ your windows to the side or top of the screen. Snap is a new feature in Windows 7.
Brought to you in 720P HD – for best results, watch in full screen mode
Pensacola Computers Presents: Using Windows 7 Search from the Start Menu.
A quick look at how to use the fantastic search feature that is built into the start menu in Windows 7 to quickly and easily find files, programs, emails and the things you need the most.
Presented in 720P HD – for best results, view in full screen mode