Over the past few years, more and more people have had their computers infected by Ransomware Attack software that encrypts their photos and other personal documents and holds them ransom, insisting that the user pay a fee to have the encryption removed and have access to their files once again. This Ransomware Attack process has become quite popular with the perpetrators over the past few years. It has shown to be a good way to get the user’s money with very little work.
This Ransomware Attack software is similar to other types of computer viruses in that it exploits a security hole in vulnerable commercial software programs or there’s an offer that tricks the person into running the install program. This type of software is called Ransomware. Originally, these pirates targeted large establishments such as local hospitals, public and private schools, county governments, police departments, etc. However, lately, they have also been targeting everyday users, holding their home computer files hostage.
This shameful way of doing business through Ransomware Attack software has become a very profitable business for these criminal types of people. Law enforcement is teaming up more and more with international agencies to get their cooperation in locating and stopping these individuals.
Most often, these Ransomware Attacks are attributed to improper protection being installed on the PC that was attacked. This is something that can easily be remedied. It just requires having a qualified technician, like someone from Computers Plus, install and maintain the protection software.
There are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with one of these Ransomware Attack pirates.
You should have a backup plan in place to prevent loss of data. The technicians at Computers Plus can help you set up a backup routine that will preserve your data in case of an attack. Properly backed up files can be restored after the system has been cleaned from the ransomware software.
Never pay the ransom. Doing so only encourages them to create more attacks. The problem is that even if you pay the ransom, there is no guarantee that they will release your files.
Never give the pirates any personal information! They may try to trick you into installing software to correct the issue that can be used together your personal information, such as passwords, etc.
If you have been a victim of this type of attack, contact Computers Plus right away. We will do our best to retrieve your files and restore your system to function properly.