Usually, when we talk about encrypting programs that make ransom demands, we recommend that their victims do not succumb to pressure from cyber criminals and pay. The main point is that doing so encourages malware authors to continue their activities. It can be compared to the supply-demand relationship: the more people pay, the bigger the market is, so the bad guys keep creating more malware – and we all have more trouble.
Moreover, paying the ransom does not guarantee that your files will be returned. A person who infects someone’s computer with a very dangerous malicious program and steals files is a criminal. So what are the chances that she will act honorably and return them to you when you pay?
It may sound very pessimistic to some, but this is confirmed by our recent research . One-third of the victims paid the criminals a ransom to allegedly return their files, but for as many as 20% of them, hopes were lost.
Andrei Mochola, director responsible for consumer solutions at Kaspersky Lab, said: “We are asking all those who fall victim to ransomware – be it large companies or private individuals – not to pay the ransom that criminals are counting on. Otherwise, this cybercriminal activity is supported. Moreover, as the study shows, there is no guarantee that paying the ransom will restore access to encrypted data. „
Below you will find tips on how to protect your files from ransomware and how you can try to recover them in the event of an infection.
- Make regular backups of your most important data.
- Use a good antivirus program. It does not have to be a Kaspersky Lab product, although honestly, we can effectively protect you against such threats .
- If you already have our product, please do not disable System Watcher in it. This proactive defense enhances your resistance to the latest types of malicious programs and is particularly effective against ransomware.