That’s it: you clicked on a bad link, you thought you won a foreign lottery, and you thought you could finally find love. And now—Your Computer Has Been Locked.
You’ve been hit with ransomware. A piece of malware is blocking you from accessing your own files on your own personal computer. Usually a screen will pop up with a message from an official law enforcement agency—from the FBI or the US Department of claiming that your computer has been blocked because of involvement in illegal pornography, copyrighted materials, or other nefarious things.
Alternatively, some pop up screens include a phone number for you to call. Someone on the other line pretends to be from a government agency, then demands that you pay the ransom before they unlock your computer.
In addition, if anyone ever calls you claiming to be from Microsoft or Apple, and is demanding money to unlock your computer, know that these corporations would never call you. Hang up and immediately call Nerds in a Flash and get the real help your computer needs.
If you refuse to pay these cyber criminals, Nerds In A Flash can still unlock your computer without you having to open your wallet. Just give us a call today. And be careful about what links you click on in the future.
To protect your business from these scams before they happen, consider Technique, our IT managed services arm. Technique constantly monitors your network and provides remote support and access to our IT helpdesk. If things ever get really hairy, you have the option of calling on an on-site computer technician to save the day.