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Nasty new virus spreading now: See how to beat it

Nasty new virus spreading now: See how to beat it
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There's a nasty new virus that's spreading now that's designed to scrambling victims' files and hold their computers hostage for a hefty payment. I've written about so-called ransomware before, but the designers of this scam seem to have a sense of humor. Their dangerous malware pays homage to the super popular television show "Breaking Bad" at the same. If the PolloCrypt malware gets on your computer, hackers could hold your precious data hostage for hundreds of dollars or more.

If your computer is infected, you'll see a screen telling you your data is encrypted and you have to pay the hackers using Bitcoin to get your files decrypted. The screen also includes the logo of the fictitious Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant from the "Breaking Bad" television series.

A version of the malware used against computer owners in Australia asked for $450 AUD, or about $354. But here's where it gets interesting. The malware warns that if victims didn't pay up in time, then the cost to decrypt files jumped to $1,000 AUD, or about $787.

Next page: Protect yourself from PolloCrypt
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