A relatively new variety of malicious software known as “ransomware” has infected millions of computers worldwide. After gaining a foothold, ransomware programs begin encrypting all the files they can find, typically focusing first on those that are most likely to be valuable to victims. Once that work has been done, a ransomware infection will claim to the victim that the only way to recover the files will be to fork over a payment. Ranging from hundreds of dollars well into the thousands, these demands are often paid by companies and individuals that see no other way of regaining access to their data.
In fact, however, there are quite a few ransomware removal tools that can reverse and eliminate such problems without any ransom needing to be paid. Although not every kind of ransomware will be susceptible to this type of remediation, many of the most common ones now are. With security experts having recovered cryptographic keys or identified vulnerabilities in certain of these malicious software variants themselves, tools that reverse the threatening encryption they impose have become fairly widely available.
In most cases, it will still make sense for the average business or person to seek out help with locating and using any such tools. Because a single mistake could result in the permanent loss of files that had been encrypted, being very careful and certain as to what must be done should be regarded as an absolute requirement. Particularly given that many companies have already lost files worth many thousands of dollars or more, seeking out some affordable help with the process of recovering should be easy to justify in just about every case.
The actual process of reversing a ransomware infection will vary depending upon the particular strain in question and the nature of the tool that counters it. While it can take some time for the encrypted files to be decoded and recovered, this will normally be a small price to pay for regaining access. For those who do make sure to seek out this type of assistance, recovery can often be assured without needing to pay a ransom to criminals or becoming subject to even more costly demands thereafter.