A computer virus is affecting homes and businesses around Lincoln, and it's taking important files ransom until computer users pay.
"The first thing it does is installs itself and takes all your files that it thinks are important and encrypts them," said Five Nines Technology Group Associate, Nick Bock. "You can't access them and neither can anyone else."
The virus comes in the form of an email, then requires you to pay up to $300 in 72 hours to decrypt them.
"This is gonna affect businesses and everyday people," said Bock. "For businesses certainly this virus is a little different in that it will look at network drives, so shared network drives where people throw a lot of information it will go in and encrypt things there."
Schrock Innovations knows firsthand how dangerous the virus can be. The computer repair business was hit by the virus, and since then, they've seen at least a dozen cases of customers getting the virus on their computers.
"Make sure you don't open attachments from people you don't know," said Schrock Innovations CEO, Thor Schrock. "If you're not expecting a Fed Ex or a UPS shipment, there's no reason to receive tracking information. If you get an email saying your pay stub is attached and not expecting a pay stub, don't open the email."
Schrock said the best thing to do if you get the virus is shut down your computer immediately and don't turn it back on. Files that are not encrypted can be saved by computer professionals.