After nearly a year of fear and intimidation the joint task forces from many nations have finally moved on the people behind the CryptoLocker infection.
What happens next?
The next stage – the part of the operation that is the duty of all of us – is to dismantle the rest of the botnet, by progressively disinfecting all the zombie-infected computers that made the Gameover and Cryptolocker “business empires” possible in the first place.
US-CERT has come up with a whole list of free tools so you can do just that, and (if you are the go-to person for IT problems amongst your friends and family) so that you can help others, too.
I’m delighted to say that the Sophos Virus Removal Tool is amongst the recommended cleanup utilties.
It’s a free download; you don’t have to uninstall your existing anti-virus first; and it detects and cleans the same malware, including rootkits, that Sophos Anti-Virus knows about, not just CryptoLocker.
Why not try it and see by scanning your home PCs today?
As we’ve said before, if you don’t make an effort to clean up malware from your own computer, you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.