Ransomware removal, Is Your Business Prepared?

Ransomware removal: Where do you turn?

In 2015 our company assisted in close to 100 recoveries that included some form of ransomware.  Ransomware is a particularly nasty form of infection that leaves all personal files encrypted and unusable without the decrypt key.  The primary machine isn’t the only concern either.  The infection can spread through network drives and on to servers causing unthinkable damage.

How to protect from Ransomware & Ransomware removal

  • Most importantly, ALWAYS have a running, current, and tested backup system.  Often the easiest way to get around the encryption is to simply restore the file to a point pre-encryption.
  • Make sure that all systems have current, and updated virus software.  All system updates should be done, and the computer monitored in real time for potential threats.
  • Be careful what you are opening.  Often Ransomware comes in the form of an email attachment.  It can often look like a legitimate email, possibly even from someone you know.  Take a 2nd look before you open anything.  Does the email look 100% legit, were you expecting the type of attachment that the person sent you?

Just today Fox News reported that a hospital in Los Angeles just paid hackers almost $17k in bitcoin to get the decryption key from the origin of the Ransomware that hit their systems. Ransomware removal Without the decryption key is difficult and the loss of data would have been staggering.  One can only assume that a review of their IT policies will find that somewhere in the IT chain someone dropped the ball on protecting the data.

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A report from Intel Corp.’s McAfee Labs released in November said the number of ransomware attacks is expected to grow even more in 2016 because of increased sophistication in the software used to do it.  The increased sophistication could lead to even more difficult ransomware removal.

The company estimates that on average, 3 percent of users with infected machines pay a ransom. It’s not clear how many of those users were individuals and how many companies. Some ransomware attacks go unreported because the victims don’t want it publicized they were hacked.

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