Files Held for Ransom: Effective Ways to Deal with this Situation

Businesses today face a host of risks when any of their employees go online for business purposes. One of the most substantial risks that seems to be making the rounds today are files held for ransom. This falls under the category of ransomware and it can be extremely frustrating for a business to have to deal with. Fortunately, there are some things that can be done to deal with ransomware.

The first thing to understand is that there are basically three types of ransomware. The first type is commonly referred to as scareware. Most people have seen this before and it is where a pop up tries to get the user to use a special system cleanup tool because a bogus antivirus scanner has detected supposedly discovered various issues with the computer system.

The next type of ransomware is lock screen. This typically comes with some sort of fake logo of a government agency informing the user that they have broken the law and in order to access their files they’ll need to pay a fine.

The last type of ransomware is what most businesses need to be concerned about. This is where all business files have been encrypted and unless a certain amount of money is paid, the files will no longer be accessible.

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with ransomware. For scareware, starting a computer in safe mode and running a virus protection program normally takes care of the problem. This method also works extremely well for lock screen ransomware. Another method to deal with scareware and lock screen ransomware is to restore the computer to an earlier date.

For encrypted files, antivirus programs in concert with a full system restore may be precisely what is needed. In addition, for businesses, making sure that data is backed up routinely is essential. The antivirus programs will help remove the existing ransomware. Once the system has been fully restored, the backup data can be copied to the computer and the threat will be eliminated.

Holding business files for ransom has become extremely popular these days. Fortunately, there are ways to recover from any type of ransomware your business is experiencing. Whether it’s the nuisance scareware or lock screen ransomware, or more elevated ransomware attacks, there are effective ways to recover your files without having to pay to get them back.