Ransomware caused a lot of panic in the year 2017 after several PCs got attacked by the. A ransomware can take the whole of your storage drive hostage until the time you decide to do the attacker’s bidding.
Imagine waking up to a screen that tells you to pay to continue using your PC or else, you lose everything in it. That is the work of a ransomware. It encrypts every file in your storage drive in a way that is really hard to decrypt.
No one wants that, even hackers looking for a challenge. You need to prevent the attack from succeeding to ensure that you won’t be paying someone free money. Here are the 5 things that you can do to secure your computer for ransomware attacks:
Delete any suspicious looking file
Those tiny files that end up on your desktop, AppData or downloads folder that you didn’t download should be deleted. If you find a file with no association with Windows or any one of the programs you have installed, it has no use on your computer.
Some of those files may have been planted on your computer by hackers. They are waiting patiently until the next time you reboot your machine so that the encrypting or infection can begin.
Just be careful not to delete anything important. Most of the useless stuff are stored in the ‘temp’ folder. The folder is also a great hiding place for a potential threat. You, therefore, can start by deleting the contents there.
Putting up a Firewall
The word firewall is very common among computer users. It is like a protective “wall” that prevents outsiders from accessing the inside of your home.
A firewall ensures that data being sent to and fro your computer is exactly what you want. If you do not specify how you want it to work, the firewall can prevent all data transfer to your PC, depending on the firewall.
Windows comes with its own firewall; you only need to set it up a bit. Most of the time, Windows will prompt you to choose whether you need an app to communicate on your network. If you really need an intensive firewall protection, you can change the inbound and outbound rules.
Some antivirus programs also come with their own firewall systems. They are quite easier to set up than Windows Firewall, hence you can opt for them to avoid the technical stuff.
Downloading Anti-malware software
This is the ultimate step in securing your computer from ransomware. An antimalware program is able to detect a ransomware attack before it spreads, putting a stop to it.
It is quite easy to find a free malware remover since they are marketed all over. Once you download the software, perform a first time scan on your computer. It should be able to detect any of the ransomware or viruses hiding among other files.
Checking startup apps
Some malware hide until your next reboot. The only way that they can be active after the reboot is by registering as a startup app.
You should check the startup apps in the Task Manager and see if there are suspicious ones present. The files usually lack icons and look like CMD files. They also lack any attributes after their name.
Using VPN services
Virtual Private Networks keep people from accessing your file system. This means that there is no way that they could inject the ransomware into your system.
The VPN services vary from developer to developer. Most of them decide to give full services at a limited bandwidth for free. Others prefer giving you a trial period before you have to pay. All in all, you have to pay for the service. Anti-malware programs are great alternatives as most are free.