One of the most effective malicious attacks used by hackers to take over your sensitive files and folders on your computer, Is named Ransomware. In simple terms, It encrypts them (and sometimes locks down your entire PC) and the only way you can gain access, Is to pay a fee to the attackers. Most antivirus software are useless In defending this type of Infection, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to protect your computer from Ransomware attacks.
So exactly how does Ransomware work? It's beyond the scope of this article to go Into every detail, so I'll only cover It's basic structure. Typically, It will Infect your PC and encrypt either every file, or files with a particular extension and they cannot be accessed without the decryption key. It's this very key, that the attackers request payment for. Once you've paid the ransom (thus Ransomware!), the decryption key Is given, and you can access your files thereafter.
There are many variants of Ransomware, but that's how It generally works. I'm sure you've heard of the saying prevention Is better than cure, and this tutorial focuses on exactly that, by using a neat little tool named RansomOff. It's objective Is to stop Ransomware before It has a chance to get In. You can download RansomOff from the official website. So without further ado, let's get this started.
Step One:Once you've downloaded RansomOff, execute the file and It will be ready to be Installed. Select the Simple Mode radio button, and the Create a System Restore Point checkbox. Agree to the License terms and conditions, and then hit Install RansomOff.
Step Two:The Installation process will now begin. It may take a little while, but that's normal for a tool of this nature, so be patient whilst It performs It's task.
Step Three:On completion, your system must be rebooted. This will happen the moment you exit the tool as arrowed In red.
Step Four:My computer Is now restarting, so let's see the result In the next step.
Step Five:It's booted back Into Windows, and RansomOff Is running In the System Tray. Let's see It's status, by clicking on Switch to Advanced Mode.
Step Six:As you can see, It's actively monitoring and protecting my system from Ransomware attacks. I'll now click the gear Icon as shown In red. This will enter the Options menu.
Last Step:Under the General tab, you can apply a number of options, according to your preference and usability. There's more to choose from, but you can see for yourself when you've Installed the tool.
Final Thoughts:There are many tools that have similar protection as RansomOff but the good thing about this, Is that It's detection Is not signature-based, but rather uses a behavioral approach. Also, In the event your computer does get Infected with Ransomware, the tool has a backup & restore function, whereby your files will be restored from a previous backup to get you up and running again.
RansomOff Is completely free of cost, so be sure to Install It on your systems. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.