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Got ransomware? These tools may help

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Apr 29, 2016.

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    Your computer has been infected by ransomware. All those files -- personal documents, images, videos, and audio files -- are locked up and out of your reach.

    There may be a way to get those files back without paying a ransom. But first a couple of basic questions:

    • Do you you have complete backups? If so, recovery is simply a matter of wiping the machine -- bye bye, ransomware! -- reinstalling your applications, and restoring the data files. It's a little stressful, but doable.
    • Are they good backups? Even if you did the right thing, backups aren’t foolproof, as legions of traumatized users have discovered. Unfortunately, this may be hard to determine without a full restore, so be aware that the wipe-and-restore method carries some risk.
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    If you answered no to either question, don’t throw in the towel and pay the ransom yet. Maybe -- maybe -- there's a decryption tool that can get you out of this jam. But before we examine that option, let's run through what you should do step by step.

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