Ransomware is fast becoming the biggest malware threat in the world. According to experts, the number of ransomware victims increased by a shocking 550 percent in less than a year, from 131,000 in 2015 to 718,000 in 2016.
This type of malware is quite the menace since it locks and encrypts files in your computer, rendering them unusable, unless you pay the cybercriminals to unlock them for you, of course. These attacks are particularly devastating to individuals and small businesses who don't have protection and recovery plans in place because they could potentially lead to total data loss.
To help people fight back, four security entities are teaming up to provide resources to ward off this growing danger.
Last week, an initiative was launched called No More Ransom. The newly launched website offers a wealth of useful information about ransomware and better yet, special decryption tools that may unlock your files without paying the ransom.
Currently, they have six free decryption tools available for download (up from the initial four). These are the decryptors for the Chimea, Tesla, Shade, CoinVault, Rannoh, and Rakhni strains of ransomware. To prevent recurrence, it is recommended that users remove the malware infection first with antivirus software before attempting to decrypt their files. These tools will then attempt to unlock the encrypted files using the commonly used digital keys known to be utilized by these types of ransomware.