TYLER (KYTX) - A warning for all computer users. Technicians say a virus called the "CryptoLocker" is spreading across the country and at businesses right here in East Texas.
It usually comes as an email attachment in a .zip format. The email looks like it's coming from a reputable company, but that's just to trick you. When you open the file, the virus is launched and encrypts all of the files on your computer within seconds. Technicians say they've never seen a virus quite like this before.
If a company you use typically doesn't send you personal emails or if it looks suspicious, call them and ask about it before you open an email attachment from them, especially if it's a zip file. Experts say that's the dead giveaway that it's the CryptoLocker virus.