Ransomware is Everywhere: You’ll Want to Bookmark This Page
Ransomware is a special kind of malware that locks most of your personal files so you can’t use them or even view them until you pay a ransom to the criminal who created the malware. Until now, there was very little you could to save all your precious personal files without paying the ransom. And the ransoms being asked can run into the hundreds of dollars.
Our friends at Emsisoft, have created a page of decrypter programs that you can download and use to decrypt your personal files without paying hundreds of dollars. In fact, Emsisoft provides all 14 of these decrptyer programs free of charge; they also provide easy-to-follow instructions on how to use them.
In all there are decrypters for 14 different types of encryption ransomware – so this Emsisoft page is a page you’ll want to bookmark.
Here’s an example from Emsisoft’s Decrypter page:
AutoLocky is a new ransomware written in the popular scripting language AutoIt. It tries to imitate the complex and sophisticated Locky ransomware, but is nowhere near as complex and sophisticated, which makes decryption feasible.
Victims of AutoLocky will find their files encrypted and renamed to *.locky. Unlike the real Locky ransomware however, AutoLocky will not change the base name of the file. So if a file named picture.jpg is encrypted, AutoLocky will rename it to picture.jpg.locky while the actual Locky ransomware will change it to a random name. In addition victims will find a ransom note on their Desktop with the file name info.txt or info.html…Use this decrypter if your files have been encrypted without a change in file extension, the malware identifies itself as “CryptoLocker” and you find a “enc_files.txt” in your user profile directory.