If cybercriminals deny me access to my critical systems and data via ransomware, should I pay the ransom?
There are a few things you could try in hopes that you are affected by a “not so powerful” ransomware.
- Safe Mode with Networking
- Safe mode
- Safe mode with command prompt
Use these platforms to see if you can back up the data. Rarely, ransomwares do not work in safe mode as they don’t block the screen. In that case you can get all the data you need and you can simply reformat your hard drive.
If this does not work, and if your data is important you might have to do your bidding and pay the person.
Ransomware is a business like any other (minus the ethics) and that there is a sort of “honor among thieves” that prevails. If you subscribe to this then you pay, get on with your business, and try like hell to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Don’t wait to decide.
If your data is important, then don’t wait. These thiefs can delete your data remotely. You will have nothing but a blank disk.
My suggestion: Always make backup for everything offline.