Tech Tip – Avoiding Ransomware

“Avoiding Ransomware” Courtesy of Temecool Computer Repair:

Trying to figure out the secrets of avoiding ransomware? You can do it!

Avoiding ransomware -Data-Ninja

They’re NOT data ninjas!

First, realize that it’s not some data ninja sneaking into your home or office to put ransomware on your PC.  There are some simple and common ways that the thieves are using to get into your machine:

  • Tricking you into opening a malicious email attachment
  • Exploiting old and outdated software on your computer that has known security vulnerabilities.
  • Downloading an infected file from a website thinking that you are getting a free or low-cost tool or game
  • Games and other plugins for social media
  • Clicking on an internet ad with malicious code in it.

Avoiding ransomware doesn’t have to be a mystery! Let TCR show you how!

We can teach you how to:

  • Scan every file coming in from the internet before running or opening them. (Including email attachments)
  • Keep your software up-to-date.
  • Add safe-surfing help to your computer to block malicious sites.

The keys to keeping malware such as ransomware off of your computer are grounded in good computing and internet surfing habits. computer-laptop_virus-blocked.pngWhile nothing is perfect, you stand a far better chance of avoiding trouble if you know what to do, and what not to do online.

With email, it doesn’t matter if an attachment was sent by your best friend, or a big and reputable company.

  • In the first case, your friend may not know “good computer hygiene,” and could have a virus without knowing it.
  • In the second case, it is highly unusual for a big company to send you a file attached to an email without you asking for it.

You should always save and then scan with antivirus any file you are thinking about opening.

Another good idea is to only have one antivirus program installed on your computer at any given time. Having two or more antivirus programs installed and running can cause them to interfere with each other and let bad things through. It can also drastically slow your PC down.

As for “free software,” you should always look for online reviews from reputable sites before thinking about downloading software online.

Also, never run any software right from the download. Save the download somewhere on your computer that you can easily find it. After downloading and saving the file, scan it with your antivirus program. This should be your number one good computer habit; Scan it before you open or run it!

If you’re going to do online games, read reviews of the games first! Search for reviews yourself, rather than just trusting the Game Creator’s website testimonials!

For further information and direct instruction, give us a call at Temecool Computer Repair!

Avoiding ransomware and other bad news by developing good computing habits is the key to making your online life much happier.

TCR Staff