Ransomwear, and what to do…..

For immediate release May 15, 2017
Contact: Frank McClatchey, Owner, ProFix
(815) 385-1813; help@profixcomputers.net
Viruses, Ransomware: always backup
McHENRY — ProFix developed a reputation among clients and business for knowing just what to do when their computers slowed to a crawl — or worse, RANSOMWARE
May 12th 2017 saw the biggest ever cyber attack in Internet history (yes, bigger than the Dyn DDoS). A ransomware named WannaCry stormed through the web, with the damage epicenter being in Europe.
Among the many ways ransomware is unique is in the moral quandary it presents its users. Thus far the malware’s encryption has proven largely bulletproof, meaning that, once infected, the end-user has one of two options: either pay the ransom — thereby funding the activities of the criminals who hacked into their system — or lose the files forever.
“Always backup your data, with an external device like an external hard drive. Also, turn off or unplug your back when done. We received a PC from a client last week that had 2 external drives hooked up for back up, and all drives got hacked too… so ALWAYS unplug your back up” said Frank McClatchey owner of ProFix Computer Repair in McHenry.
Like much of the malware out there, ransomware finds its way onto systems through untrusted sites and attachments. So the major tenants of avoiding an infection are similar to those for avoiding malware in general: install security software, keep your operating system and applications up to date, and don’t visit any suspicious sites or open email attachments from unknown sources.
Be careful to click on harmful links in your emails.
Be wary of visiting unsafe or unreliable sites.
Never click on a link that you do not trust on a web page or access to Facebook or messaging applications such as WatSab and other applications.
If you receive a message from your friend with a link, ask him before opening the link to confirm, (infected machines send random messages with links).
Keep your files backed up regularly and periodically.
Be aware of fraudulent e-mail messages that use names similar to popular services such as PayePal instead of PayPal or use popular service names without commas or excessive characters.
Use anti virus and Always make have the last update.
Make sure your windows have the last update close the gap.
For more information, visit profixcomputers.net, call (815) 385-1813 or send email to help@profixcomputers.net.