Saturday, May 7, 2016

What To Do About Ransomware Encryption Viruses

 Yes once again I am seeing those nasty ransomware encryption viruses. These are viruses that will encrypt all your data on your computer rendering it useless. The place where it comes from tries to get you to pay a ransom to get your data back by them providing a software key to remove the encryption from the system. The problem is that alot of the time you pay the ransom in bitcoins and it does not work. Now you are out of your money and data.
 There are some encryption viruses that have been helped to unencrypt the system. The one that comes to mind is the autolocky virus. Unfortunately there are plenty of others with no answers or help. The only thing you can do is protect your data before this happens. Here are a few things below that may help.
  1. Use an external back up hard drive of at least 1 to 2 tb
  2. Only have the back up drive connected while the back up is running
  3. Back up your data to the cloud with something such as carbonite
  4. Create a standard profile and copy data to it.
  5. Ransomware Viruses usually go after administrator accounts
  6.  Have a back up computer just in case your computer gets hit and goes down

Sunday, May 1, 2016

One Click Fix Utilities

 Computer viruses are nasty buggers and are only getting worse. One tool I have found that seems to work very well is the 1 click fix utility. In fact at my work location they were trying to figure out how we could use it in the virus cleaning process that we follow. This utility not only cleans infections, but can also perform data recovery. Of course there are other programs that you can use such as Free Malwarebytes that will do an excellent job from the safe mode with networking. Here is a list below of what can be done with the 1 click fix utility.

If you are interested you can click the picture at the top of the post or click the picture below.