It can happen to all of us. Nobody is protected against it. Nothing can protect you a 100%. Every one of us is a potential host for a nasty virus. I am not talking about the flu here. I am talking about computer viruses and to be more specific about Ransomware. Ransomware is malicious software who threatens to publish your data or more likely, to encrypt your PC and hard drive and make all files inaccessible.
You probably can recover easily from the latter one. The “No More Ransom! Project” is a website giving solutions to decrypt your hard drive in case you got infected. You have to make sure that you remove the virus as well, to prevent your PC from being encrypted over and over again. To do so, an antivirus software should be sufficient enough. Of course, if you are one of the first once infected, it could take a while for the antivirus companies to develop the necessary updates as well for the No More Ransom! Project to find a solution.
There is no 100% guarantee that there will be a solution available for the ransomware you are eventually getting infected with, but their list of fixed ransomware is pretty long. Each ransomware fix comes with a detailed tutorial how to use the files provided.
In most cases, the software gets installed by human error. Never download anything from an untrustworthy site, never open email attachments from people you don’t know. Even tho if the email comes from a friend or colleague, don’t open EXE files if you are not explicitly requested that file. His computer could be infected and spreading via email and other ways of communication.
Another advice is to have backups of all important files on your computer. Never pay the ransomware! First of all, this lets the criminals know that this method of blackmail works and there is no guarantee that you will ever get the keys to decrypt your PC.
Law enforcement and IT Security companies have joined forces to disrupt cybercriminal businesses with ransomware connections.
The “No More Ransom” website is an initiative by the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre and two cyber security companies – Kaspersky Lab and McAfee – with the goal to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay the criminals.
Since it is much easier to avoid the threat than to fight against it once the system is affected, the project also aims to educate users about how ransomware works and what countermeasures can be taken to effectively prevent infection. The more parties supporting this project the better the results can be. This initiative is open to other public and private parties.
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