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Ransomware, What is it? Tips to Prevent this Computer Attack

Avoiding the risk of Ransomware, Malware in Prescott AZRansomware is a type of malicious software, once installed on your computer, it blocks access to your files until a "ransom" is paid allowing you to regain access to your files. No one wants to find a message on their computer screen informing them that someone has control over their files and is requesting payment to unlock it. Unfortunately, simple ransomware may lock the system in a way which is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse. More advanced malware encrypts the victim's files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. Softech Computer Repair in Prescott brings you these tips to prevent a ransomware attack.

How should you protect yourself from Ransomware? We suggest:

  •     Installing an antivirus program and keep the updates current.
  •     Making sure your operating system software is automatically updated.
  •     You should not open attachments or emails from people you don't know or companies you have not done business with.
  •     Avoid clicking links in emails you receive. Open a browser and go to the website directly and login to see messages.
  •     Be sure your browser is secure by enabling smart screen (in Internet Explorer), and keep your web browser's pop-up blocker running.
  •     Backup your important files.

 

If you have been victim of Ransomware, now what?

There is no one-size-fits-all response if you have been victimized by ransomware. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will give you access to your files again. Giving into demands could also make you a target for more malware.

You should seek the advice of a professional to limit data loss.

Also, once you have removed the ransomware infection from your computer, you can restore previous, unencrypted versions of your files using "version history".

For more tips on preventing malware, including ransomware infections, you should contact SofTech Computer Repair in Prescott! We would be happy to help you deal with all your computer issues, call 928-443-8770

 

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