Ransomware and Viruses – Could you be fooled?

I’m sure it will be of no surprise to you when I tell you that Ransomware and virus outbreaks having been rapidly increasing over the past 10 years.  Last year alone there were 812 million recorded new virus and ransomware instances.  So would you know the dangers to your business, how to spot a potential virus or ransomware, or do you even know the difference between the two?  Read on!


Dispelling the myths of Viruses

Computer viruses are much like their biological counterparts, sharing many of the same traits.  Computer viruses are designed to attack a particular program, file or known security exploit of a piece of software.  Once they are running on your device some then have the ability to replicate by either spreading themselves to other devices on your company’s network (even Wi-Fi), or sending themselves as attachments in an email to all of your contacts.

Viruses can attack Windows, Android tablets and even Apple Macs (apart from iPads).  It is true that a long time ago the risk of downloading a virus for an Apple Mac was so low that an antivirus program was not needed, this is most certainly not the case now.


Ransomware – Surely it’s just another virus?

Whilst viruses are generally designed to disable certain functionality of your device, such as stopping a program from running, ransomware is different.  The sole purpose of ransomware is to either lock you out of your device completely, or to lock you out of your files until you pay the ransom to get the unlock code.

If ransomware finds its way onto your machine it could cause you a whole lot of trouble, even more so if it manages to encrypt your server, One Drive, or Google Drive folders.


OK – So I have been infected what do I do?

Virus infections are easily remedied by running a full virus scan on your device.  Most antivirus programs will be clever enough to spot a virus as it is being downloaded and remove it before it has the chance to do any damage.  Free antivirus, and inbuilt antivirus programs such as AVG, Avast and Windows defender will not always do this however.  It is always best to use a paid for Antivirus and we strongly recommend ESET antivirus – it’s what we use on our systems, and, of course, we are a reseller!

If you have been infected with ransomware, then sadly your antivirus will not be able to remove it.  This is when you will need to call on the professional services such as ourselves.  Success rates from ransomware are usually within the 80% – 90% region, that is why we also recommend that you take full backups of your work daily.

If you would like more information on viruses, malware, antivirus solutions, backups or support why not schedule in a 15-minute phone call with me using the link below?