Protect yourself against Ransomware

Following the weekend’s ransomware outbreak that made headlines all over the world, I want to provide a few basic guidelines to keeping yourself safe.

  • Ensure you have a backup of your data. File history (previous versions) on your pc will not be available once you get hit (may it not happen to you!). You need a backup on an external source.
  • Make sure you use a reliable anti-virus program (Avira, Kaspersky, Bitdefender). I prefer Avira and as additional security, Malwarebytes. *** Remember the free version of malwarebytes does NOT offer realtime protection!
  • Go to and install “Ransomfree”, which is a free program. PCWorld has a nice article about Ransomfree:
  • Make sure Microsoft Word is set to block Macro’s – that’s the portal that is used to infect your pc. If you open a document and see gibberish with a request to turn on Macros – delete the document, update your virus scanner, scan your pc.
  • Do not just open an email because it is in your mailbox. If you have the slightest doubts, delete the email. Your data is worth much more. I realise it is often difficult to distinguish between legitimate and dangerous emails but if in doubt, delete!
  • If you are a small business or home business managing you own server, I can give you a long list of known unsafe extensions that should be blocked. Contact me. And my rates will make you smile.

Bottom line is “better safe than sorry”


With the current threat from ransomware and cryptolocker virusses, every business owner needs to ask himself: "Am I protected". Does your security software provide adequate protection against the threat.

The top names are Avira (my preference), Kaspersky, Bitdefender.

You can get the AV-Comparitives report here:

In pcs and laptops I can suggest installing Ransomfree from Cybereason (free) - It creates an environment that makes the virus believe the computer is already infected/encrypted, so it leaves it alone. There is no 100% guarantee but it has worked well everywhere I installed it: PC World reviewed the software here:

Download it here:

Another level of security is Malwarebytes - get more info here

And do not hesitate to contact me - I will come and give you a free, no obligation evaluation of you security and sound advice.


Need help? Sms "espero" to 44590 and I will call you.

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