Cycrest Systems, Inc., a long time and top technology solutions provider, has issued a warning to all computer users about a new and potentially harmful virus called Reveton Ransomware. Cycrest has also released tips to help users steer clear of the virus.
Online PR News – 31-October-2012 –Cycrest Systems, Inc., a long time and top technology solutions provider, has issued a warning to all computer users about a new and potentially harmful virus called Reveton Ransomware. Cycrest has also released tips to help users steer clear of the virus.
Reveton Ransomware is a type of virus malware designed to extort money from its victims. Considered a “drive-by” virus, it can infect a computer simply through an opened file, attachment or compromised website.
Once a computer is infected with Reveton, the system will immediately lock up, and the user will see a message claiming they have performed an illegal online activity. The message purports to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and demands the user pay a fine in order to unlock their system.
Though the message lists the user’s specific IP address and quotes sections of FBI code, it is a fake, and users should not submit money through the provided link. Anyone who is affected by the Reveton virus is encouraged to contact an information technology professional before continuing to use their computer.
According to Jonathan Ferraiuolo, owner of Cycrest Systems, it’s always best to fight viruses before they happen, by taking a preventative approach to protecting one’s system by using not only anti-virus software but also anti-malware software as well.
“You can’t let your system be vulnerable,” Ferraiuolo says. “Always be sure your computer is protected, up-to-date and secure.”
Ferraiuolo recommends users take these five precautions to ensure their computer system is safe from Reveton or other harmful viruses:
1. Always keep your operating system current with Windows Updates for security and stability to your system and network.
2. Install a reputable anti-virus and anti-malware program, and ensure it’s always kept current.
3. Stay away from peer-to-peer file sharing. This can compromise the system and leave it vulnerable to viruses.
4. Run frequent performance tests and virus and malware scans. Remove any files the scans flag as unknown or suspicious.
5. Be careful when opening emails. Don’t open any that look suspicious, and never open an attachment from someone unknown.
In addition to taking these precautions, Ferraiuolo also recommends businesses partner with a computer network service provider in order to make doubly sure their systems are safe. Ferraiuolo states that Cycrest takes an aggressive preventative maintenance approach with its clients. Most Cycrest clients are on a one of their low cost flat rate plans with provides daily, weekly and monthly preventative maintenance to keep their systems stable and protected.
“For our clients, we run frequent scans for network security and performance,” Ferraiulo says. “This helps make sure our clients’ systems are safe, and allows us to remove any files that can slow down or hinder the network.”
Users who think their system may have been compromised by the Reveton virus can contact Cycrest at 509.747.9275 or email email@example.com.
Cycrest Systems. Inc., is an information technology solutions provider and IT support company based in Spokane, Washington. Cycrest offers high-quality computer and networking services, as well as tech support solutions, cloud computing services, maintenance and security for businesses across the country. Cycrest boasts clients from all types of industries, including medical, financial, hospitality, manufacturing, government and non-profit organizations. The company also has several high-level partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, HP, Intel and Cisco, which allow Cycrest to provide the absolute best in technology services. Visit www.cycrest.com to learn more.