Ransomware is increasing in recent months and once your computer is infected it is highly unlikely you will be able to recover any data that has been infected, by far the best protection against this type of threat is awareness and precaution. Here is Red data’s guide on how best to avoid it and what to do if you think a computer may be infected;

What is ransomware?

Ransomware (a.k.a. rogueware or scareware) restricts access to your computer system and/or files and demands that a ransom is paid in order for the restriction to be removed – Paying the demand will not actually unlock your computer or files and is simply a scam to make money.

How best to avoid this type of infection?

•Install and use an up-to-date antivirus solution (i.e. Microsoft Security Essentials).

•Make sure windows is up-to-date.

•Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments or emails from people unless you already know them to be a trusted source.

•Enable smart screen in Internet Explorer.

•Have a pop-up blocker running in your web browser.

•Always backup your important files regularly.

What to do if you think a computer might be infected:

If you think a computer might be infected with ransomware you should turn the computer in question off immediately or you may risk the infection spreading over your network to other computers and devices. The next step is to contact and IT professional and explain the situation, they will then be able to quarantine your computer and diagnose it further and attempt to repair it without any risk of the infection spreading.

Free Internet Filtering for Children and Home

internet filter

I found this and set this up on my sons Laptop this weekend, its simple to use and free, so protect you children (and yourself) from all the possibly internet nasties…internet filter

K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids:-

  • Block web sites in more than 70 categories, including pornography, gambling, drugs, violence/hate/racism, malware/spyware, phishing
  • Force SafeSearch on all major search engines
  • Set time restrictions to block web access during designated times
  • Configure custom lists for “always allow” and “always block”
  • Override a web page block with password
  • Trust the enhanced anti-tampering, even children can’t break
  • View easy reports to monitor and control web activity
  • Real-time categorization of new adult and malicious sites
  • Best free parental controls software/internet filter available
  • Compatible with Windows or Mac machines


Fake Virus in Browser

Most people have seen a fake virus infection Web page, but some may not be aware of it. They pop up on your screen and look like a perfectly normal Windows page except they tell you that your PC is infected by a virus and you need to download a program that will clean out the bug for you. The only problem is it’s a complete lie. It’s actually an attack designed to get you to download and possibly pay for some malware.

Usually these fake Windows pages are actually Web pages designed to look like a Windows system page.

Fake Virus

Now, not everyone would fall for this, but I can see how many people would. At a glance, it looks real, but if you look closely, you are just looking at a normal webpage.

The problems get worse when it offers you a gennuine windows pop-up box with some option, at which point you cant be sure the choices it is giving you are correct! the “No” or “Cancel” buttons may be changed for the “yes” buttons. Any click might start a malware download. Once you have one of these pages up, my advice would be to do nothing and hold in the power button on your PC to to a hard reboot, you will loose anything you have open and haven’t saved so be aware of that, but its better than infecting your PC!