This is a summary of what Ransomware is and what it does, and provides advice on how to prevent and recover from Ransomware attacks.

Ransomware installs in a covert manner on a victim’s computer, executes a hidden attack to lock the computer or encrypt the files, and then demands a ransom payment to restore normal use. Over 18 million dollars paid to Ransomware thieves between April 2014 and June 2015. More than 6 million detected Ransomware attack attempts in Q4 2015. 50% of all malware are now Ransomware attacks. 93% of phishing emails now contain encryption Ransomware.

Prevention Steps

  1. Backup, backup, backup!
  2. Configure Windows to show hidden file-extensions.
  3. Lock down where programs may run from.
  4. Use System Restore and patch/update your software on a regular basis.
  5. Block connections to IP blocks Ransomware uses to connect to.

Read more detailed instructions on how to block and prevent Ransomware at the Tech MacGyver Website