If cybercriminals deny me access to my critical systems and data via ransomware, should I pay the ransom?

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Ashington Waweru

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Do not ever pay the Ransom money as 90 out of 100 chances the cybercriminals will not get you back your data. Seek other solutions like contacting experts on cybercrimes like http://www.shelterblue.com/ransomware/

Mia Janke

NEVER EVER PAY THE RANSOM. There is no certain guarantee that you will be able to recover your data. The smartest thing to do would be to recover the data on your own or take the device to a professional to recover the data for you. Paying the ransom 9 times out of 10 ends up putting you out of money and all of the data that was stolen.


I don’t think that its good decision to paying for Ransom. Asking for payments is one common behavior of Ransomware. Recovering you data would be the best thing you can do I think.

Dan Patrick

NEVER, EVER, EVER pay for Ransomware! OMG, I can’t believe some of you guys are actually suggesting that “in some cases you need to pay”!….??? Are you serious?

I’ve never come across a Ransomware that couldn’t find a solution to be resolved by a computer tech. I am somewhat of a tech myself, not a master, but decently skilled and I have removed several of them, over the years.  As stated, if there is “no guarantee” that they will give you the key or remove the virus, then WHY WOULD YOU PAY???

If you get ransomware, immediately call an expert computer tech or take your machine to a trusted friend or relative who is one. But whatever you do, PLEASE – NEVER, EVER, EVER PAY the ransomers!