In this article, we’ll tell you what to do after a ransomware attack. Here we’ll also tell you everything about ransomware attacks.
Are you under attack by ransomware?
We are going to cover everything you need to know about ransomware. Including the steps, you need to take a right after the attack. We’re also going to tell you if it steals your data or not.
This is not just a researched post but is written by someone who recently experienced a ransomware attack.
Basic Information about Ransomware:
Ransomware is becoming a serious problem for the users as it encrypts all of the data and asks the victim to pay a ransom to decrypt the files. In every folder of your computer, there will be a readme file that gives you information on “how to pay the ransomware attacker.”
It comes with any third party cracked software or games. And encrypts all of the data instantly.
Does Ransomware steal data?
The short answer is “YES.” Before going to the steps, you must know that it steals your data to take steps accordingly by understanding all of the factors.
Things to do after a ransomware attack:
Following are the steps you need to do right after the attack:
- Instantly turn off the internet connection.
- Change the passwords of all of your google, social media, and other accounts; also, try to set up 2-way verification.
- Delete personal information (bank details, CNIC, debit/credit) just for safety.
- Try any antivirus to decrypt, but we can say 99% of the viruses can not decrypt by any simple software.
- It is said that ransomware goes after an interval, but the interval can be of months or years, so if possible, you can keep your data anywhere in the system or drive.
- In most ransomware, the original files are replaced by other files of the same name, size, and extensions. So you can also try using a data recovery tool.
- Contact the helpdesk of FIA instantly that your pc has been attacked by ransomware, and they can steal your data so they can guide you as well. It is also possible that they use your details and do any bad business with that, so you must contact FIA and report them about this.
Lessons to Learn after a Ransomware attack:
If you are under attack by ransomware, you should know that it was your own fault. THAT’S A BITTER TRUTH!
- Never download from an untrusted website. Install any antivirus chrome extension which lets us know about the safe and secure website; only use them for downloading. Also, check the SSL certificate of the website before downloading anything.
- Don’t download cracked software; many websites give you free versions of premium software. Try to avoid them as well.
Some other steps to do after a ransomware attack:
If you don’t have any important information on your pc or just want to get rid of it, you can “reset your pc” and get rid of it. We recommend you to delete all of your credit/debit/PayPal information for your pc, and the social media accounts; after that, just reset your pc.
Some people also store some of their files in a USB drive or system to recover them in the future, or the ransomware interval overs and decrypt automatically. This is because the technology is advancing day by day, so if you aren’t able to decrypt them today, maybe in the future, you may come to know about any solution that can help you to recover your files.
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