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MADISON, AL (WAFF) -
A new virus is after your files and your wallet. The virus is known by many names, but some of the most popular are CryptoLocker and ransom ware. Computer repair experts say there are a lot of these types of viruses out there and it's important not to fall for them.
"There are some of them masquerading as a government agency or anti-virus program - all of them tell you it's something you have done and that you need to pay a set amount to get out of it," said Johnathan Gunter is the Vice President at Chiphead Computer Solutions in Madison.
Gunter said these computer viruses have many names and many variations. He says some of the main alerts people tend to fall for appear to be sent from the FBI or the Department of Justice. Once you click on the link it blocks your files and locks you out of everything. In order to have access to them according to the scammer, you have to dish out $300 or more.
"Of course the BBB would never recommend that you give payment information to someone who would download a virus on your computer or hold your files ransom and claim that you have to pay this money in order for it to be fixed," said Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau.
There is no surefire protection from the virus according to Gunter, but he said there are preventative measures you can take.
"The main thing to do is avoid clicking any links that seem suspicious," he advices. "Avoid giving anything you don't know permission to do anything on your computer and have a good anti-malware program on there."
If you don't have anti-malware on your computer, Gunter says to make sure you download it. It can help protect you from these types of viruses. If all else fails, take it to a professional. He said they can usually knock out the virus overnight.