Protecting yourself against online scams is now a fact. According to the FBI Internet Crime Report 2018, scams cost consumers $ 7.45 billion between 2014 and 2018. Scams include online shopping / non-delivery of ordered products, identity theft, credit card fraud and denial of service / DDoS attacks. Other threats include different flavors of ransomware, malware, scareware and viruses, along with a few dozen other types of crime.
I was hit with ransomware – twice – and learned a lot from the remedies I tried, as well as the experiences of beaten friends. Read on to see what I have done and read the thorough PCWorld malware removal guide and our follow-up story on how to save your Windows PC from ransomware for more information. We conclude with a checklist that you can use to fend off all kinds of online scams.
My online scam experience: Ransomware
Ransomware is scary – a strange window that appears in the middle of your screen with the text & # 39; Your computer is locked & # 39; or & # 39; All your files are now encrypted & # 39 ;. The only way to get them back has been told is to pay a fine or buy a special software program that might not even work.
Do you have to pay the ransom? Probably not. If the dollar amount is relatively small, you can be tempted to pay the money and hope for the best. There is a good chance that the perpetrators do not intend to send you an encryption code or a software program to recover your files. Even if they continue, you run the risk of being added to the list of "losers," which could result in more hackers coming to your door.
The story of what happened to the city of Atlanta, Georgia, shows the challenges of responding to ransomware -to attack. The computer systems of the city were infected with the SamSam ransomware. The hackers demanded about $ 50,000 in bitcoin payment, but the payment portal became inaccessible and left the city to its own devices. The total costs for the recovery are unknown, but apparently the city was willing to pay up to $ 17 million, based on information obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution press department. Cyber security software & services company Symantec noted that 67 different organizations were infected by SamSam malware.
How I removed ransomware
The first time I received ransomware, which required payment of $ 300, I tried to fix it myself.
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I then used Norton Utilities to clean up my system, scan for viruses and delete all threatening and unnecessary files. Eventually I restarted my system and my files were intact.
The second time I received a ransomware message, they wanted $ 400. I tried the same procedures as before, but nothing worked.
I decided to try a system recovery, an established Windows function that lets you run your system back to an earlier time. This can be a useful feature if you encounter a software installation or other problem that hangs up your PC. This is how it works:
1. Type restore .
2. Select Restore and then click the System Restore button.
3. Click Next in the Restore system files and settings box.
4. Select a restore point / date in the result list. If only one date is displayed, select the check box next to the Show more restore points prompt and select the desired option.