Even if AVG blocks this virus at the moment, it's never sure they will block a new variant of the program, or another ransomware virus, or - in fact - any new virus. So it's not a good idea to trust that an antivirus program (any antivirus program) protects you for the full 100%.
Things to do:
1. Regularly backup the things you don't want to lose to an off-line medium (external disk, USB-stick, a spare PC on your home network that's usually turned off, the cloud). Then if the original is damaged in some way (either by a virus or by a hardware failure or whatver) you can get the copy from the backup when your PC is up and running safely again.
2. Be careful when connected to Internet. Don't visis shady sites, don't do illegal downloads and P2P-downloads, never click on a link a mail that you don't fully trust.
Using W.7, Home Premium (Lenovo G585)
AVG Free; SuperAntiSpyware; Malwarebytes free.
All updated regularly at least once a week.
I posted the following question in the “Security” forum on 19th January and have had no response.
I therefore repeat it here in the hope that there may be someone who has knowledge of this virus and offer some advice.
I have just received the latest Softonic Newsletter.
In this, they warn us about the "New Virus Ransome 32" which they state will Encrypt our Windows files and threaten to delete them unless we pay."
Softonic continue by stating that we "should have an Anti Virus programme and make sure that it is up to date."
I would appreciate any input or advice and any comments about the Security programmes which I have and that are named at the start of this post.
Thanks in advance for any comments.