|If you’re a victim of a ransomware attack: |
- SHUT YOUR COMPUTER DOWN
- DISCONNECT FROM NETWORK SYSTEMS
- CALL iNET-PC:
While hackers plot new ways to loot bank accounts, steal identities and wreak havoc online, iNET-PC’s crew of IT professionals is constantly working to keep our customers' data safe. We use the best software to protect against harmful computer infections, including the top-rated anti-virus and anti-malware programs, as well as external and cloud-based backup storage.
If you suspect your desktop or laptop is infected with a virus, shut it down, disconnect all cables, and call iNET-PC immediately. Whether it's an "FBI Warning" on your screen or your data is being held for ransom, our computer experts will debug and restore your computer systems, making it run like it did when you first got it.
Contact iNET-PC for virus, ransomware, and malware prevention and removal.
Remote Virus Removal for Home and Business Computers
iNET provides live customer support for virus and ransomware infections for computer owners throughout the Milwaukee area. Many computers infected with spyware, Trojans, malware, and ransomware can be fixed without needing to bring them to our computer repair shop. Call us at 262-574-9400 to learn more.
iNET-PC Helps Fight Ransomware Attacks
Have you been infected by ransomware?
Signs of a ransomware infection include:
- Inability to access files, including images, audio, and video
- Altered file names
- Message demanding payment for restoration of data
Ransomware generates around a billion dollars a year for hackers, and the latest research indicates it’s here to stay. Most ransomware is contracted through email links and attachments. It encrypts data files on home and business computers and displays a message demanding payment to unlock the files.
iNET-PC’s tech team helps individuals and companies prevent ransomware attacks, retrieve locked files, restore computer function and give computer owners peace-of-mind.
Protect your small business from ransomware attacks
Ransomware attacks targeting businesses, schools, government bodies and healthcare facilities are on the rise. Once launched, ransomware can spread through network connections and block access to entire databases. When larger and higher-value data sets are threatened, ransoms grow. This makes ransomware especially problematic for larger Milwaukee-area businesses.
Generally, there are two types of ransomware: encrypting and locker. Encrypting ransomware blocks system files by adding an encryption to each file. Locker ransomware blocks you from your operating system, so you can’t access your desktop or any applications, essentially freezing your computer altogether.
What you can do to take precautions against Ransomware attacks:
- BE VIGILANT: Don’t open files or click links from unknown sources. Be wary of forwarded emails. Not sure? Scan all email links and attachments with anti-virus software.
- BACK UP YOUR DATA: Back up your computer to an external drive (and keep unplugged when not in use) or cloud backup service (keep service turned off when not in use).
- UPDATE SOFTWARE: Be sure your operating systems and applications are up to date with the latest patches.
- PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY: Don’t give out personal information when solicited – that “IT specialist” who called asking for your SSN is not on the level.
- USE REPUTABLE ANTI-VIRUS PROTECTION: No antivirus software is foolproof, but they can prevent many types of attacks.
Additional Ransomware Tips for Businesses –
- Limit data access: Reduce the number of employees who have virtual access to data files.
- Diversify data storage locations: Don’t store all your data in one file.
- Educate your staff: Teach safe computer practices, specifically warning against opening unknown attachments and links.
- Improve communication: Instruct employees to report strange things immediately, and inform them quickly if a problem is detected.
It’s far easier to protect against ransomware than it is to fight a full-blown attack.