Pay Me to Release Your PC

Hostage is not only for humans , you PC, files, data could take hostage and there are many people around the world which their PC are getting hostage and want to rescue them. In most cases, their PC take hostage by a malware and they been asked to transfer money to release them. Of course, if you pay the money, it doesn’t guarantee that you will get back your data. Malwares which take your PC or data or PC as hostage and ask you to pay to release are known as ransomware. They are work in different ways, one way is they encrypt your data and ask you to pay to decrypt them or they block your access to PC and ask you enter your mobile phone or send SMS to transfer money to release your PC. They might delete your data and ask you to pay and they won’t recover them back and there are many other ways to take over your PC. The best way to protect yourself against getting hostage by ransomware is to protect your PC. Make sure you have genuine version of Anti-Malware software in your PC and keep your Windows, Anti-Malware software and other software updates (For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, you have Windows Defender and it is Anti-Malware protection for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, you could install Microsoft Security Essentials for home user and small companies up to 10 PCs. All known ransomware are being detect and remove by Microsoft Anti-Malware products and most other Anti-Malware companies. If you have a new sample of ransomware or other malware and it won’t detect by Microsoft Anti-Malware technology, report it.

However, there are cases that Anti-Malware is NOT present in a PC or it is out of date or disable and a PC will get infected, in that case follow these steps:

 

1.       Physically disconnect all you communication to network, unplug your LAN or Dialup cable and turn off your wireless using switch or key on your keyboard. In most cases they are using network to send information about your PC and encrypt your files and in that case they might not let you to disconnect your PC through software and you should do it through hardware.

 

2.       Turn off your PC and if it was blocked use hardware shutdown which is press power button for few second (usually 3-6 second) to turn off your PC.

 

3.       Take a USB, CD or DVD that is blank or you don’t need data inside it and find another PC and create a bootable scan using Windows Defender Offline and boot into your infected PC and run a full system scan.

 

4.       Take a note of name of malwares before removing them and after removal complete , start your PC and resolve your security issue (install Anti-Malware, Update it, etc.).

 

5.       Look for the name of Malware in Microsoft Malware Protection Center for detail of additional removal (if any).

 

In case of ransomware, it is recommended to remove malwares before connecting to internet. For more detail please refer to information about ransomware on Microsoft Malware Protection Center. The following are screenshot of some of the well-known ransomware that pretend to be from legal authority and government and ask you for money or taking your PC as hostage until you pay them.

 

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Remember NEVER pay for ransomware and instead follow instructions to remove them. Make sure to take regular backup of your files so you could recover them in case of data lost or damage.

 

 

 

 

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