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DeckerWright Corporation has been serving the Red Bank area since 1984, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Ransom-ware – Part 4; Prevention

There is no silver bullet that is going to protect a computer from getting hit with malware like ransom-ware.   There is no substitute for being suspicious of every e-mail and every web site.  If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.  Never open a link in an e-mail or visit an untrusted web site.  Have a physically separate firewall that is running threat management software, like a SonicWall, to look for threats before they can touch your computer.  Have current anti-virus software, like Symantec, with current virus definition files.  Use a cloud based spam filter service, like TnT’s SpamSoap, to catch suspicious e-mails before they reach your computer.  Make sure your computer is currently patched to close security holes.  Leave as many security controls active as you can stand to block malicious software from running.   Follow all of these tips and the risk of getting ransom-ware will be greatly reduced.
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Ransom-ware - The latest twist on malware

We have just become aware of a new type of malware.  We are referring to it as “ransom-ware”.

Once the malware infects the computer, it encrypts all of the data on the hard drive.  A pop-up message requests money for the encryption key.  Effectively the computer is un-usable at this point.  If you remove the virus, you also remove the encryption key effectively making the data on the computer useless.  The ONLY solution is to restore the system from a backup after the virus has been removed.   If you have a full image back (like those included with DWC’s BDR solutions), you can do a complete recovery, OS, applications, data and all.  The reported transport for this virus is via e-mail.  Beware!

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