How to get rid of Ransomware in my Windows PC
Ransomware is a malicious software that gains control of the user’s computer and demands a ransom for allowing the user to access the files again. The first instance of a ransomware dates back to 1989 but they started causing problems on a large scale only recently. In most general cases, the ransomware encrypts the data of the user and provides the decryption key after the user pays the hacker, preferably in cryptocurrency.
Ransomwares are spread through malicious links, email, websites with infectious codes and even through text messages.
How to get rid of ransomware in my windows pc (Steps)-
- Installing an antivirus- The best way to get rid of a ransomware is to never have it in the first place. Antiviruses with internet safety options don’t let the user click on suspicious links, thereby reducing the damage to a minimum.
- Downloading a bootable antivirus-Bootable antivirus is basically anti-malware applications which can be installed and then run on storage devices like CD or a flash drive. They can be installed and run on the computer when the computer has been affected with malware. The following steps need to be performed-
- First, download a copy of the bootable antivirus on the computer and install the same on any flash drive.
- Shut down the affected computer by any means, if the ransomware doesn’t allow any input from the keyboard or mouse scrolling, then simply pull the battery so that the laptop force shuts.
- Switch on the computer by pressing the power button and continue pressing the F8 button, until the Advance Boot option displays on the screen.
- Using the options available on the screen, boot the computer with the safe mode. Safe Mode allows the computer to run only the basic functionalities, this allows the ransomware to remain dormant, not harming the computer and the user’s files in any way or manner.
- Then the external flash drive is to be connected and after navigating through the options, the antivirus program should be allowed to scan the computer for viruses.
- After the antivirus detects and quarantines the ransomware and other malware, the computer should be restarted. If the user can access the computer normally without using the safe mode, then that is an indication that the computer has been freed from ransomware.
- Restoring the computer to an earlier state-Sometimes restoring the computer to an earlier state helps get rid of the malware and ransomware. The restore option can be found in the Advanced Boot options menu which can be accessed by pressing the F8 key when the computer boots up.
- It is very important to keep the Windows Defender on at all times and keep the Windows operating system updated so as to minimize damage. Normally the old Windows Operating Systems like XP and older versions are attacked more often by ransomwares than the updated operating systems like Windows 8.1 and 10.
If the above steps are taken then it can be guaranteed that the ransomware can be countered effectively before it can damage your files and personal data.