In times when more and more modern technologies are being created and it’s impossible to imagine our lives without computers, it’s easy for criminals to extort money. They can easily encrypt our databases, as well as other files on computers. If we don’t want to lose the information contained in them and also be able to use them again, these files should be decrypted.
What is ransomware?
A ransomware is a program that sneaks into our computers, usually through infected emails (cryptolocker). When the virus gets inside our device, it searches for a file that it could encrypt then we get a proposal to pay for unlocking the file. Do not agree: the person who sent you the proposal is a criminal who probably wants to extort money from you, and once he gets it he disappears, leaving you with encrypted data. More and more computer manufacturers are introducing special software to protect users from unwanted viruses, but it does not always work. More and more cryptolockers are created, so you cannot block them all.
How to recognize them?
Before attempting to decrypt, one should determine with which cryptolocker he has to deal. If a file gets encrypted, its name will be appended with a shortcut (Legion), the color of our desktop will change (Crypt888), an additional extension (SZFLocker, Apocalypse) or a document named Help Decrypt (BadBlock) will appear. These are just some of the encrypting programs, and there are many more and new ones are still being created.
How to decrypt the base?
You can try to do it yourself using special tools that should work with some cryptolockers. Devices (tools) that can decrypt databases are among others; Shade, Rannoh, Rakhni, or CoinVault, these programs are free to download. If you do not succeed, the best is to go to an IT specialist who knows the stuff and will help solve your ransomware problem. Attention! Under no circumstances should you pay attention to the criminal who suggests you to decrypt the data, he’s just a mere cheat!
Can I protect my devices against this?
This is a difficult task, but you can reduce the risk of having ransomwares on your computer. First of all, you should not open emails of unknown content, especially if you do not expect any attachments or data sent electronically, and yet if you get an e-mail of this kind, you can be sure that it is a cryptolocker that will attack our database right after opening. A special installation of antivirus programs can also reduce the risk of file encryption. So far, a one hundred percent guarantee is not possible, but any measure to protect yourself is useful. It is also a good idea to make backup copies and store them on another device or storage medium.
The easiest way will be to contact our specialists who will take care of your database and decrypt lost data with 99% efficiency.