How to Deal with Ransomwares?

Ransomwares are malicious software which taking your system or files as hostage and ask you to pay so it releases those files. There is a timer associate with most ransomwares and you should pay within the period of time otherwise more file will be encrypted or you have to pay more. You should take a note that paying them won’t guarantee you will get back your files. The best way to deal with these malicious programs is to have preventive measurements. Firstly, you should regularly backup your data in external storage. To learn more about getting backup, you may take a look at backup in Windows 10 , Windows 8 Windows 7 or Windows Vista. You may also backup your data to cloud-based storage like OneDrive. In this case, if you ever lost your data, you could use backup to retrieve them. Secondly, make sure your Anti-Malware software is working and it is update. What I mean by working is make sure it is not expired and real-time protection is on. If you have Windows 10 or Windows 8, then you have Windows Defender which is full Anti-Malware protection there and for Windows Vista or Windows 7, you may use Microsoft Security Essentials which is free. Anti-Malware software are able to detect and remove ransomwares. If you received any suspicious emails or you receive email with suspicious attachment, then mark it as junk or spam and NEVER open it. If you visit a website which is suspicious, in Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, click on Safety or Send feedback in Internet options or Settings and Report unsafe website and report it and close the browser immediately.

However, if for whatever reason, you have been infected with ransomware, then you should NEVER pay the ransom. You should note they are depend on network and resources of your PC. No matter how strong they are when you shutdown your PC and disconnect from internet, they are unable to do anything. So when you spot such ransomware or you suspicious about your file are being encrypted, then shutdown your PC and unplug cable.

Now, ransom is unable to do anything until you turn on your PC and boot Windows. In this case, you may use Windows Defender Offline, take a look at Scanner in your pocket. Take note you should create this scanner in another PC which is NOT infected with ransomware. Then boot with this scanner in your infected PC and perform a full system scan and take a note of malwares which are being detected. Once it detected and manage to remove then, try boot into your PC and do NOT connect to internet and check your files and make sure they are safe and check what security measurement you should take for example you might need to install Anti-Malware software and then connect to internet and you are good to go.

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