How to Remove Ransomware and Recover Your Data

Ransomware is a malicious program that will encrypt your files and demand you pay money to get them back. If this has happened to you, don’t worry! This blog post will help you remove ransomware from your PC and recover the data it encrypted.

There are many various sorts of ransomware. The most common ones are:

  • Locky ransomware;
  • Cryptolocker ransomware;
  • TeslaCrypt ransomware.

How to Remove Ransomware

Removing ransomware can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Here are the steps you need to take to remove ransomware from your PC:

  1. Disconnect your computer from the internet. This will help prevent the ransomware from spreading and encrypting more files.
  2. Boot your computer into Safe Mode. You can do this by pressing F11 (or a different key depending on your computer) when you turn it on. 
  3. Open up your antivirus software and run a scan of your entire computer. 
  4. Delete any files that are infected with ransomware. You can find these files by doing a search for *.crypt.
  5. Reboot your computer and reconnect to the internet. 
  6. Download and install a ransomware removal tool, such as Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool or Bitdefender Ransomware Decryptor. 
  7. Run the ransomware removal tool and scan your computer for any remaining traces of ransomware. 
  8. Reboot your computer one last time and check to make sure that all the files have been restored.

If you are unable to remove ransomware from your PC using these steps, you may need to use a rescue disk or an online virus scanner. If you do not have either of these, you can try contacting a professional IT service provider for help.

Recovering data from encrypted files

If your files have been encrypted by ransomware, there is still a chance that you can recover them. Many ransomware variants use strong encryption algorithms, but there are ways to crack these encryptions.

There are several online services that offer free file decryption for certain ransomware variants. You can try using one of these services to decrypt your files:

  1. Decryptolocker
  2. No More Ransom Project
  3. ID Ransomware

If the ransomware variant that you are dealing with is not listed on any of these websites, you may need to use a data recovery tool or software. There are many commercial and free data recovery tools available online, so you should be able to find one that suits your needs.

One thing to keep in mind when recovering encrypted files is that it’s not possible to recover all file types. For example, you won’t be able to restore .exe files and DLLs because they’re simply codes for a program or application rather than actual data.

Paying the ransom – yes or no?

It’s generally not a good idea to pay the ransom. This is because there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the decryption keys. Plus, if you pay for your data to be released and it doesn’t work, then ransomware developers will know they can exploit their victims with impunity as people will still fall for such tactics. 

Just make sure you have a solid backup plan in place so that you don’t fall victim to ransomware again in the future.