The number of ransomware attacks grew significantly in 2017 and they become more dangerous and costly costly for the victims. 42% of companies were hit by ransomware last year. Of those, 32% paid the crookers in order to recover their encrypted files. The FBI estimates that more than $1 billion was paid to ransomware criminals in Q1 2016.
Unfortunately, most recent file-encrypting ransomware don’t have a working decryption solution. Loosely speaking, if you don’t pay attackers for a copy of the private decryption key, you can get stuck with blocked important files for a long time.
However, in many cases, even after paying large sum of ransom victims still don’t receive the key to unblock their files. According to Kaspersky Lab statistics, one in five victims who paid the ransom never got their files back. Remember: if you pay the ransom, you directly contribute to the financial success of cyber criminality.
Before you decide to pay the ransomware demand, you should better try to gather all available information about the particular type of crypto-ransomware that infected your system. Sometimes there is an effective free decryptor available and you’ll be lucky to recover your data withour spending your money.
Below we’ve listed top 10 free online services that may help you to resist a ransomware attack.
10 Free Tools to Remove Ransomware and Decrypt Your Files
1. Don’t know the type of ransomware? – ID Ransomware can help you
If you don’t know what type of ransomware has infected your PC, you should try ID Ransomware free service by MalwareHunterTeam. Simply visit ID Ransomware site and upload a ransom note or a sample encrypted file to identify the ransomware.
You can also give a try to the VirusTotal.com free service the same way in order to determine which ransomware family you are dealing with.
2. No More Ransom Project
Nomoreransom.org website was launched in 2016 and is backed by reputable top security companies and security institutions in many countries. Visit the Crypto Sheriff https://www.nomoreransom.org/crypto-sheriff.php page at Nomoreransom.org, upload one of your encrypted files, and you will find out if there is a solution available to decrypt all of your files for free.
You can also check Decryption Tools page to manually download decryptors for a wide range of ransomware types:
- CryptXXX versions 1, 2 and 3;
- Marsjoke aka Polyglot;
- PHP ransomware;
- TeslaCrypt v3 and v4;
- Shade with .xtbl, .ytbl, .breaking_bad, .heisenberg extensions;
- Bitman version 3 and 4;
- TM ransomware;
- Linux.Encoder.1 and Linux.Encoder.3
This list is regularry updated with new decryption tools.
3. EmsiSoft Decrypter
EmsiSoft’s team continiously works on development of free decrypters for different types of ransomware. Check Decrypter.emsisoft.com page for the ransomware decryptor you need. Currently there are more than 30 working decryptors for different crypto-ransomware viruses:
You can also ask for help using EmsiSoft’s Malware Research Center. Their ransomware first aid service is free for both customers and non-customers.
4. Kaspersky NoRansom
Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab has launched https://noransom.kaspersky.com website where you can download free ransomware decryptors and removal tools. Currently you can download working decryptors for:
5. Avast Free Ransomware Decryption Tools
At Avast Free Ransomware Decryption Tools page you can download decryption tools which can help to unclock files encrypted by the following forms of ransomware:
- Alcatraz Locker;
6. Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor
Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor tool is able to decrypt files encypted by the following types of ransomware:
- CryptXXX (all versions);
- TeslaCrypt (all versions);
- Cerber V1;
- Globe/Purge (all versions);
Visit TrendMicro website to find detailed instructions and video guide for this decryptor tool.
7. AVG Free Ransomware Decryption
AVG security company has also launched their Free Ransomware Decryption Tools page where you can download Windows decryptors for the following ransomware threats:
8. McAfee Anti-Malware Tools
McAfee Ransomware Interceptor is an early detection tool that prevents file encryption attempts by ransomware. This useful tool leverages heuristics and machine learning to identify ransomware attacks.
At McAfee Software Free Tools page you can also download decryption tools for the following forms of ransomware:
9. Malwareless.com Removal Guides
Malwareless.com website’s team strives to provide all actual and valuable information about ransomware viruses. Detailed removal guides provide advice on how to act in case of ransomware attack, including detailed screenshots and video guides.
Malwareless.com also continuously monitors latest decryptor tools and adds them to the removal instructions.
10. BleepingComputer Ransomware Help and Tech Support Forum
Bleepingcomputer.com website has a great Ransomware Help & Tech Support forum section with quite active ransomware discussions that may save you a lot of money and time. Check the particular forum topics about the type of ransomware that infected your computer and follow the provided instructions.