Ransomware decryption tools and victim resources

The No More Ransom project website has free decryption tools for many known ransomware typesAvast Decryption Tools, Trend Micro Decryptor, and ID Ransomware are other websites that can help victims of ramsomware.  A list of antivirus software providers for Windows may be found here.

The FBI does not recommend making a payment to remove ransomware.

The United States Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has a site with tips on how to prevent ransomware attacks.

Google Chrome comes with Chrome Cleanup, a web browser feature that creates alerts when it detects unwanted software and allows the user to remove the software and return Chrome to its default settings.

If a decryption tool is not found, one option is to replace the hard drive and operating system and save the locked drive offline. A decryption tool for the ransomware strain may become available months later to free the data at that point.


Chrome OS automatic updates may not be available for older devices

Google’s Chrome OS is a secure choice for an operating system, but older devices may no longer be supported.  When a Chrome device reaches its Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date, automatic updates from Google will no longer be provided.

IFixit has instructions on how to convert a working Chromebook past its expiration date to use CloudReady.