Consider this scenario you’re working on your computer just like every other day it’s running a little slower and you are unable to open files. Sooner you find out you’re completely locked out of your computer.
Companies have been struggling with ransomware for a while now. Recently, Arizona Beverages’ network of 200 systems went offline due to a ransomware attack. There are instances where businesses had to continue to work without access to their systems.
How Does Ransomware Work?
Ransomware spreads through spam emails and drive-by downloads into one computer and then spreads to the rest of the network very quickly. Once it is on a target computer, it either encrypts or restricts access to files and demands a ransom payable only in bitcoins.
There is usually a countdown timer running, limiting the time you have to pay the ransom. If you fail to pay the ransom within the time limit, your files will be deleted permanently.
In such situations, you can either pay the ransom or attempt ransomware data recovery by removing the infected files or wip.ing all affected systems clean.
These are the first steps you should take in case you’re a victim of a ransomware attack:
- Disconnect WiFi, Bluetooth, LAN, and any other means by which the ransomware could spread over the network.
- Ransomware can be of different kinds. Identifying the specific ransomware, you are dealing with using ID Ransomware or the ‘No More Ransom Project’ that will help you understand how the ransomware you’re dealing with works and spreads.
- Report the attack to the authorities using the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Extorting money using ransomware is illegal, and you should report it to the authorities so they can trace the cyber-criminals behind the attack.
How to Recover Data from Ransomware?
• Paying Ransom
You should be very careful with how you deal with ransomware. Paying the ransom does not guarantee the recovery of your files, but in a time-critical work environment, you might have to pay to get your data back.
• Wipe the Computer and Reinstalling the OS
Wipe all of your storage media and reinstall everything, including the OS. You should also make sure that you have formatted the hard disks to remove any lingering traces of ransomware.
Try to determine the date of infection by reading the malware file dates and messages. It is possible for the ransomware to have been dormant for weeks before encrypting the computer. If there is any delete it.
• Data Recovery Software or Services
Do not attempt to do a System Restore to recover your files after reinstalling the OS from scratch. Ransomware could still exist within the backups that the OS creates.
Having a good data recovery tool like Stellar Data Recovery to recover your data. You can select a specific point in time from which you want to recover your data. Alternatively, you can have a professional data recovery service to recover your data
I hope you don’t need to follow steps as I don’t want you to be a victim of ransomware. Tell us in the Comment section below if following this steps help you.