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Published on: 22 Nov 2016 by dickson

Learn What to Do in Case You Are Hit with Ransomware

Ransomware viruses lock
your computer and encrypt your files. All your data turns out to be beyond
reach. Hackers want money in order to
give your files back. They put a ransom
note on your desktop and inform you on how to pay for the decryption key. Usually
, cybercriminals demand
to send about 0.5 Bitcoin that is roughly 400 USD. 

The attack starts when you are tricked, by a criminal, into opening
a malicious email attachment or clicking a link that will lead to a website
that will infect you with the latest ransomware like Aesir file virus. Hackers are proficient at luring people to click on these links.

In case you discover that your PC
has been kept
, hostage:

Report it to police, even
though it is doubtful they can assist and resolve your problem. It is still better to have all such cases be documented.

Disconnect your PC from the
Internet and other computers to stop the potential
virus spreading to other machines.

You should remove the ransomware from your PC now. Use your antivirus for
this
. You can also use the removal tips: http://soft2secure.com/knowledgebase/aesir-file-virus

Keep
in mind, even if you get rid of the ransomware, your
files still remain encrypted. Your
antivirus cannot restore files.

If you previously had your computer
data backed up, it is not necessary to pay the
ransom. Again, you should to clean your computer and check if your backup is functioning
properly.

In case extremely important data was not backed up, get ready to pay
out in Bitcoins. The bad thing about Bitcoins is
that these transactions are mostly impossible
to trace. Cybercriminals hide overseas
laundering money through numerous accounts and Bitcoin exchange firms. If you
pay (though it is not recommended)
criminals are going to provide you the decryption key. They want to be taken
seriously otherwise nobody would pay. But even if you get the key, you can
still face tech glitches and your data may stay encrypted forever.

The ideal strategy is to be prepared for a ransomware attack. You should
be aware of email phishing scams and never click on dubious links and email attachments.
Do not allow
scary emails, that state you owe taxes or some bank fees, to push you into swiftly clicking a doubtful
link or attachment. 

Make regular backups of your data
and keep it on an external offline drive
like a USB stick. Educate your close friends, family and coworkers.

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