Microsoft released Windows 10 last Wednesday, July 29th, and users on Windows 7 or 8 can upgrade to the new operating system. The new version of Windows is supposed to be sleeker and better than the previous version, with a more polished design and the glossier, quicker Edge browser to replace Internet Explorer (check out our blog on the best internet browsers here).
What is the Windows 10 Upgrade Virus?
The problem is that those waiting to install their upgrade can be easily caught out by an official-looking email with an attachment containing what they are told is the free upgrade. The email address is spoofed to show a domain name of microsoft.com, to trick people into reading on. As soon as you download the attachment (which comes in a Zip file), extract it and run the .exe file inside, your PC will be infected with ransomware known as CTB-Locker. Like CryptoWall and CryptoLocker, this is a malicious virus which will encrypt any files on your PC and any connected servers.
It will then instruct to you to pay money (often via BitCoin) for a decryption key in order to recover your files. We don’t recommend you pay the culprits – there is no guarantee that you will get your files back and if you are made to pay in BitCoins, not only will you not get your money back, but the payment is not traceable so those responsible will remain anonymous.
What can you do to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade Virus?
Ransomware will likely to continue cropping up until scammers can find a new way to trick people out of their money. That is why we recommend you follow our guide of what to look out for in our article about CryptoWall and that you are regularly backing your data up, off site. If you require email scanning or backup services for your business you can contact us or call us on 0208 232 1190.
Ransomware affects businesses daily – to make sure you’re safe from this and other viruses damaging your IT infrastructure, read our Cyber Security blog.
Online Support specialise in protecting our users from any viruses or threats that may put your data at risk. To find out more about what we have to offer visit our Online Backup page or give us a call on 0208 232 1190.