A VERY PARTICULAR SET OF ANTI-RANSOMWARE SKILLS
In the Taken movie series, Liam Neeson had a special set of skills that enabled him to save kidnapped women. In cyberspace, you can acquire a special set of software that can help extricate yourself from ransomware attacks.
by Liu Hongzuo
UNLOCKING THAT RANSOM SCREEN
Perhaps the ransomware you caught isn’t that complicated – it didn’t encrypt your files, but it has that annoying screen-lock preventing you from Googling an effective way to remove it. The Trend Micro Ransomware Screen Unlocker Tool is exactly the solution you need, and it offers two versions for two different unlocking methods. First, if your PC’s Safe Mode is still working, you just need to simply get the unlocker in Safe Mode and hit Ctrl+Alt+T+I when rebooting into Normal Mode. The second version is the same unlocking tool, but saved onto a USB stick. These tools are regularly updated, and they are free of charge.
DON’T PAY, DECRYPT
If the baddies are competent, it’s likely that you’ve found that you’ve been locked out of your own files in your own PC. If that is the case, you need a decrypter tool. The Avast Free Ransomware Decryption Tools has the ability to decrypt 16 different families of ransomware; you only need to figure out which strain you have (with help from Avast), plug your unaffected backup copy, and the program will solve for the ransomware’s password.
Ideally, prevention is better than cure. You can keep all your antivirus and security software up to date, but investing in a cloud backup service is just as important. For this, there’s Acronis True Image 2017. Besides being a cloud backup service, the premium ‛New Generation’ version includes Acronis Active Protection, an anti-ransomware engine that uses heuristics to detect potential ransomware activities on your PC. Once learned, it can block future variants of the same family of ransomware too. Since it actively runs in the background, it is able to instantly revert compromised data files to a ‘safe’ copy the moment it detects an attack. But even if all else fails, you can wipe your PC and restore a full clean backup from the cloud, minimizing your losses as much as possible.