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.

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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.

PRE-EMP­TIVE MEA­SURES

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.

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