Ransomware is the latest “big bad wolf” that everyone needs to be concerned about if you have a computer. If you do not have a secure and current backup of your data and you become infected with Ransomware, you will need to pay the ransom or say goodbye to all of your important files forever. Ransomware will encrypt part or all of your files and demand a fee to provide the decryption key that should allow you to decrypt all of your files. The ransom fee usually starts at $500 and doubles every so many days that you do not pay and eventually they assume that you are not going to pay and just delete your decryption key. One issue with Ransomware is that there is no guarantee that you will ever receive the decryption key after you have paid the ransom or that the key you receive will actually decrypt your files. Another issue is that you still have to correctly go through the process of decrypting your files once you have a working key. If you are lucky and are able to decrypt your files, you still have a computer that has been compromised and will likely need to be completely wiped and everything reinstalled from scratch. If you have a secure and current backup, you can ignore the ransom demand and just restore from the backup and go on like nothing ever happened.
- We have helped customers navigate the options after they have been compromised by an encryption virus.
- We have developed methods and procedures to protect against the dangers of an encryption virus.
- We can help you to implement backup and recovery procedures that will keep your data safe.
- A “cloud” backup might protect your data but it will not prevent you from needing to wipe and reload your entire computer.
- Copying your important files to a USB or flash drive will not help unless you are meticulous at executing your procedures every day.
- If you implement recommendations that we document for you, there is an excellent chance that you will not be infected with Ransomware and if you are infected with Ransomware, you will be able to recover completely without paying the ransom.
- There are a lot of antivirus products out there but few of them actually stop ransomware. We have seen infected computers that were running updated version of a lot of the latest versions of antivirus on the market. We can recommend reasonably priced antivirus that will prevent a lot of ransomware and maybe all of the ransomware attacks.