An advanced malware, Ransomware prevents you from accessing your PC or files until you pay a ransom.
Encrypting RansomwareIncorporated with advanced encryption algorithms, this type of ransomware is designed to block system files and demand payment to provide the affected user with the key that will decrypt the blocked content. For example: Crypto Locker, Wannacry, Locky, CrytpoWall, etc.
This malware locks the person out of the OS, making it impossible for them to access the data saved on it. Here, the files are not encrypted, but the ransomware still asks for a ransom to unlock the infected device. For example: Police-themed ransomware or Win locker.
Master Boot Record (MBR) ransomware is a type of Locker ransomware. The MBR is a section of a hard drive that enables the Operating System to boot up. However, when the MBR ransomware attacks the drive, the boot process fails to complete and demands the payment of ransom as soon as possible. For example: Satana, Petya, etc.
Identifying Ransomware Attack
The ransomware commonly attacks your personal data such as documents, photos, audios, and videos. But what can you do to identify the ransomware attack on your device? If you get any message asking for a ransom so that you can access your data, browser, emails, or your entire device, you can identify this as a ransomware attack.
Where Ransomware Comes From
Ransomware can attack your device through emails or web browsers. This is because these two can cause the download of malicious code (ransomware) that may be in the form of malicious macros, malicious scripts, or malicious EXEs. Once downloaded, the ransomware attacks and affects your device severely.
The number of ransomware families is increasing everyday
CTB Locker Virus
CTB locker (Curve-Tor-Bitcoin Locker) or Critroni, is an example of file - encrypting ransom ware infections.
How to Remove Ransomware?
Ransomware virus can be removed in some cases! Contact professionals who can decrypt your files infected with Ransomware virus.
If you notice any unusual activity on your Desktop or Laptop such as automatic lock of the Desktop or Laptop screen, immediately switch off your computer. Doing so can further stop infection of your files.
If your Data gets infected by Ransomware virus, recovery of your Data is still possible. Contact the nearest Stellar Data Recovery branch. We are the professional Data Recovery service provider in India and can recover your infected Data from Ransomware virus such as Wannacry, .wallet, .locky, .ctb, .Cryptolocker, etc.
How to Stay Away from Ransomware Attack?
What to do in case of Ransomware Attack?
If in case you come across any unusual system behavior - Desktop getting locked on own, you are not able unlock, random screen appearing on your laptop or desktop, take the following steps immediately:
1. Switch off your system directly (Do not use the shutdown mode)
2. Disconnect the LAN cable
3. Restart the system & Install the official patch from Microsoft that closes the vulnerability used in the attack
4. Scan the latest antivirus patch
5. Take a backup of your data
Next, observe the following Do's and Don'ts :
Do not open any suspicious links and attachments in email messages
Do not open any suspicious images attached in e-mail
Do not respond to any phishing or suspicious e-mail messages
Notify the System Support Department immediately in case of suspicious emails
Do not keep the security solutions switched off on the systems and servers connected to the network
Keep your operating system, antivirus, browsers & other software updated with their latest versions
Never pay the ransom as it does not guarantee that doing so will give you access to your files again. Moreover, it could make you the target for more ransomware payment. Thus, go for ransomware removal service that can decrypt your data.
Yes, you can access your files without paying the ransom or restoring from backup. The methods are software solution and services.
You can do the following to protect yourself from ransomware.
Your IP address is not hidden: it exists in the email. There are several tools available online that determines the IP address.
Disable internet connectivity from all servers or PC to ensure there is no further encryption of data as the ransomware will be unable to reach the command and control servers. If the ransomware is associated with time limit then set BIOS clock back. You can also reach out to Stellar Data Recovery Experts immediately.
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