Having your PC infected by ransomware is an emergency for any small business owner. While having an effective backup system in place is the best way to limit damage and stay protected in the event of a breach, there are some antivirus programs that can help to keep your systems clear of infection. In this guide, experts from Syntax IT Support London list their five favorites.
1. AVG’s ransomware decryption tools
AVG is a big name in antivirus and has various security tools available, some of which come at no cost to users. Their set of decryption tools offer a free fix for a whole host of ransomware and also provide a range of resources and guides to walk you through a typical attack. Files cannot be decrypted for all types of ransomware, but a large variety is covered and these tools could well save you from having to pay a ransom in order to regain access to your files. Fixes are available for the following:
2. Trend Micro lock screen ransomware tools
This tool from Trend Micro is designed to recover your PC from ‘lock screen’ ransomware, which is a type of infection that limits a user’s access to their PC. Hackers attempt to force the user to pay to regain access to their systems, but with Trend Micro’s tool, you should be able to avoid this as it eliminates the infection. There are two scenarios in which this software can be used:
The first is when lock screen ransomware is blocking ‘normal mode’, but ‘safe mode’ is still accessible. Users are required to install the lock screen tool via keyboard sequence after booting the PC into safe mode. A scan and clean option will be followed by a reboot, after which your system should be clean.
The second scenario is when lock screen ransomware is blocking both ‘normal mode’ and ‘safe mode’. In this case, the tool can be loaded onto a USB drive using a different, uninfected computer and can be executed from here.
3. Avast anti-ransomware tools
Avast has some free anti-ransomware tools available to recover your PC from infection, with decryption software that is specifically designed to combat a variety of types of ransomware. Each type of infection works differently and must be dealt with using the appropriate tools, so Avast provides 16 fixes, which you can find listed on their website alongside descriptions of what they look like.
4. BitDefender anti-ransomware
BitDefender’s Anti Ransomware tool is designed to be used in conjunction with a good antivirus software. It is completely free for download and uses, keeping your files safe from encryption when dealing with CTB-Locker, Locky, Petya, and TeslaCrypt. This software should be downloaded before the event of infection to protect against potential attacks. It detects an infection as it commences and is able to stop it before any files are encrypted, thereby preventing any damage. The software is designed for easy use, with a basic feel that does what it needs to without confusing the user.
5. Kaspersky anti-ransomware tools
Kaspersky’s tool is a free software designed for business use. It scans and blocks ransomware and crypto-malware immediately and works with most other security software to provide complete protection. This tool is non-intrusive, running in the background and monitoring network activity for anything that matches known ransomware behavior or patterns. The software is simplistic and is designed to cover you against known, unknown and advanced threats.
Invest in one of these tools to better protect your systems and sensitive data against ransomware. Companies of all sizes are being targeted by cybercriminals and now is the time to ensure that you have taken measures to stay safe.