Ransomware is back in the spotlight, but it’s important that you know what it looks like if you intend to protect yourself the best way possible. CryptoLocker isn’t the only game in town, and there are 3 names you should become familiar with when it comes to these nasty viruses.

While it’s possible to remove these viruses it’s important that you understand what it takes to get your files back. These types of malware require a certain type of exerptise in order for you to get back what is rightfully yours. How can you do that?

Today, we’ll share with you what you need to know to identify ransomware, and how you can get your files back without suffering the financial damages.

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How Can You Identify Ransomware?

Getting your files back after an attack with ransmoware takes some legwork. In fact, the process by which you recover your files depends upon the specific invader.

Some invaders may only require a simple scan while others may require a more involved process. This could mean that you need some offline help.

Here are the 3 different types of viruses you should look for including:

  • Scareware
  • Lock-screen
  • Standard ransomware like CryptoLocker

These viruses break down in the following fashion.

1. Scareware-This type of virus looks like a bogus anti-virus message, but it can also appear as a clean up tool. You’ll get a message that tells you that this clean up tool has found hundreds if not thousands of issues on your operating system. You could get alerted with pop-ups that ask you for information or to download software to help you fix the issue. While these are “scary”, these are quite easy to remove.

2. Lock-screen virus. These viruses can have a bitter impact in that they literally lock your screen. When they lock up your system they forbid you from using your computer in any way. This spells trouble, and is a bit closer to a more dangerous malware. The authors of these viruses have gone so far as to create a warning that appears to be from the FBI and includes their logo. You’ll get a warning that tells you that you must pay a fine to go forward. This is a scary virus, and somewhat easy to resolve.

3. Encrypting malware- This type of malware is what first reared it’s ugly head as CryptoLocker. This virus is what encrypts your files and locks them until the given ransom has been paid. Most recently the uptick in requests was for $300 in Bitcoin. This virus demands a ransom, but law enforcement says that you shouldn’t pay it because there are no guarantees that you’ll get your files back.

Is it true that you can really eliminate this malware from your PC?

Rules for Removing Ransomware

If you can stop the attacker you can stop the attack. This is the truest statement when it comes to this malicious problem. There is now a malware removal guide for this type of issue, and if you enter Safe Mode and follow instructions you’ll be well on your way to the proper fix.

If you have problems entering into Safe Mode, you can always attempt to use a System Restore to take your Windows Operating System back in time.

Protecting your operating system is no small task, and it’s one of the most important ones you have. If you would like to learn more about how you can remove ransomware and protect your network, please CONTACT US today at California Computer Services to get started.

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