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How do I protect myself against ransomware?

Postby blin » Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:17 pm

How do I protect myself against ransomware?

You should:

•Install and use an up-to-date antivirus solution (such as Microsoft Security Essentials).

•Make sure your software is up-to-date.

•Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments or emails from people you don't know or companies you don't do business with.

•Ensure you have smart screen (in Internet Explorer) turned on.

•Have a pop-up blocker running in your web browser.

•Regularly backup your important files.

You can backup your files with a cloud storage service that keeps a history or archive of your files, such as OneDrive which is now fully integrated into Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, and Microsoft Office.

After you've removed the ransomware infection from your computer, you can restore previous, unencrypted versions of your Office files using "version history".

See the question "How do I get my files back?" above for more help on how to use this feature in OneDrive.

For more tips on preventing malware infections, including ransomware infections, see:
•Help prevent malware infection on your PC.
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