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Encryption Ransomware Goes After Gaming Files

posted Mar 17, 2015, 6:36 AM by Craig Cox   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 6:37 AM ]
If you have disabled your antivirus software to improve video game performance, now would be a good time to turn it back on and bring it back up to date.  SC Magazine reports that a new variant of ransomware* encrypts files associated with game level maps or session replays.  However, the "dropper" program that installs the attack only fires if no antivirus product is detected.  This is an easy win -- just get an antivirus product up and running on your computer!

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*Ransomware is attack software that encrypts files on your computer, and demands payment for the decryption key.  It can also be defeated by keeping good backups.