There have been many reports of a “.Meds” Ransomware attack on users’ computers recently and people have been wondering about nature and the intensity of the attack. In this article, we will inform you about the Ransomware and also tell you how to safeguard against it.
What is “.Meds” Ransomware?
A Ransomware is a form of Malware that attacks the users’ sensitive data on the computer and locks it up in such a way that it can’t be used. This puts the computer in a state of being held hostage and later on, the hacker which is behind the attack asks the user for ransom in exchange for their data back. The hacker usually threatens the user that they will completely wipe out their data if the ransom amount isn’t paid. This threat is left out on a readme file inside the folders in which the data is stored.
The amount is usually requested to be paid in “Bitcoins” or in “Gift Cards” so that tracking the payment is made as difficult as possible. The virus encrypts all the files it infects and their extensions are changed to “.meds“. This file then requires a decryption key to be unlocked which isn’t easy to extract for a normal user and it takes a professional to actually find the decryption key for the file.
Is there a way to Get Files Affected by Meds Ransomware Back?
There are two ways you can go about after being affected by the virus. The first way is to actually pay the hacker and get the decryption key from them. This way, you will get your files back but you have to determine how valuable those files actually are because the hacker will demand hundreds of dollars for them and even then it is up to them to actually provide you with a decryption key or not.
Even after you pay the hacker, the payment will not be trackable if they are made in bitcoins or in Gift Cards. So if the hacker decides not to provide you with a decryption key, you will lose your money as well as your files. The other option is to get a Recovery Software like Fast Data Recovery or other such recovery software companies to decrypt the data for you.
They will ask you to send them the data and decrypt it. But this process is still very lengthy and expensive because these companies demand a lot of money for the process and you have to send them the data files which can be difficult if the data is very large in size.
Therefore, we recommend that you only go for one of these options if the data in question is very important to you and cannot be recovered by a previous restore point or replaced in any way. Both of these options will cost you money and there isn’t any known solution to get the already affected files back.
How to Safeguard Against Meds Ransomware?
If you haven’t already been affected by the virus and want to make sure that you don’t lose your precious files because of it, we recommend that you take the following measures to safeguard your computer against it.
Step 1: Setting up Anti-Virus
First of all, it is important that you have an Anti-virus software installed on your computer that is fully updated and all the latest virus definitions have been installed. If you are on the latest version of Windows 10, make sure that all the components of the Windows Defender have been installed and that updates are set to automatic. As new viruses and malware are released by hackers, they get patched and are quickly fixed by Microsoft. To counter them, new virus definitions and updates are released for the computers, which prevents them from being able to bypass the computer’s security.
Step 2: Cautionary Browsing
Malware and other ransomware are installed on the computer after being downloaded by the user. Most users aren’t even aware when they are downloading them, they come along with pirated content that users might be attracted to or sometimes they are downloaded automatically through 18+ sites. Therefore, it is recommended that you refrain from opening these sites and also from downloading content from untrusted sources.
Step 3: Backup Data
If you have a hard disk or any other data storage device lying around, it is recommended that you backup all of your important files onto it and keep it unplugged from the computer. Keep on backing up your data from time to time because these types of virus attacks can occur at any time and you might end up losing precious data.