Preventing the risk of Ransomware and how to overcome them

February 8, 2017

Ransomware is a serious threat that is storming the security theatre in recent days and let’s see how you get infected and what you should do to prevent them, as it is a serious question in everyone’s mind. So, lets dwell in to the infection nature and ways to overcome it first before getting in to preventive measures.

Scareware: This masquerades itself like a security software claiming that your system has a lot of malware and it can clean it if you pay up for a Professional version. But worry not as this will not harm your personal files and it will only give you annoying pop-ups. To get yourself redeemed from this annoyance use a good anti-virus to scan your computer as this will take care of the problem.

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Ransomware prohibition

Screen Lockers: These kind of ransomwares masquerades itself with a screen, locking you out of your computer with an official looking sign from the Department of Justice saying that you are locked because of illegal activity and will ask you to pay a fine. This is to scare you away and pay the ransom but you do not have to worry as no official department would do that because they will try to catch illegal activity offenders through proper channels. The best way to deal with this kind of threat is to run a system restore and if that doesn’t work try running a scan from a bootable medium.

Encrypting ransomwares: These are ransomwares that get hold of your personal files, folders which encrypts them and then ask for ransom. And it is pretty hard to fight these because once your files and folders are encrypted you can’t do a system restore or a security scan to save your files unless you pay the ransom, but that doesn’t mean you will get the decrypt key back to reclaim your files.

Prevention of ransomwares infecting your systems:

  • The first step in preventing a ransomware is to invest in cybersecurity. Buy an end point security solution that covers both anti-spyware and anti-ransomware features included in it.
  • The second step is to create backups and store it in a USB or a disc and remove it from your system as it can also get affected and you can also create a backup in the cloud that has highly secure servers.
  • Update your operating system and other software’s every time a security patch is released.
  • Do not click on suspicious links or download any software’s from your email or the internet.

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