No More Ransom: A Step Towards Eliminating Ransomware


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Ransomware is malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files, then offers a way to get it back - you pay for a digital key to unlock your files, which you may or may not receive. All your data is locked up, held for ransom.
The No More Ransom Project offers infected users the chance to get their data back using their free tools.

Start by using Crypto Sheriff to define the type of ransomware affecting your device. Once the type of malware that has encrypted the files has been identified, it has to be removed using anti-virus programs before any files can be unlocked, otherwise it will keep encrypting data. Once the malware has been identified and removed, No More Ransom has free decryption tools (from four variants of ransomware) and a how-to guide for each decryptor to help unlock encrypted files.

The site has a handy Ransomware Q&A, prevention advice, and links to report a crime in Europe, Netherlands and the USA (ransomware is considered a crime and they urge you to report it).
The “No-More-Ransom” website is an initiative by the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre and two cyber security companies – Kaspersky Lab and Intel Security – with the goal to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay the criminals.

Your best defense against ransomware is (as always) an up-to-date backup of your data - either a complete disk image or back up of your important files, including documents, photos, videos, software, etc.

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Thanks for your excellent work Rhiannon. May I ask your opinion of RansomFree?

Thanks for the prompt reply Rhiannon. When/if you test it could you update this page please as I consider a Gizmo's recommendation the Michelin star of the IT world :)

Thanks for this very important info.

I"m glad you like it. :)

I looked around the No More Ransom site, but found no mention of two free ransomware detectors:
1. Bit Defender anti-Ransomware ( - uses about 14MB RAM) and
2. Malwarebytes anti-ransomware (beta) ( uses about 2MB RAM) and a search for anti-ransomware on this site got no results.

I've been using both for a number of months and have experienced no conflicts with each other or anything else. I have had one detection of an email attachment, bu can' remember which one detected it. But it is hard to tell if either or both catch every variation of Ransomware.

Good resources both, thanks.

They don't list preventative tools on the site that I saw either, but that's not surprising.
The two tools you mention are both in beta, so I wouldn't recommend them for everyone, especially on a main production system.

@Rhiannon , @howiem - Actually, the site does specifically mention two preventative software: Kaspersky and Intel's McAfee. That's not surprising, since, as you mention in your article, both are co-sponsors of the initiative. They also indirectly "mention" other software when they recommend "Use robust antivirus software..."

I did not bother with either Bitdefender's or Malwarebyte's anti-ransomware offerings because I thought that being careful and using Microsoft's EMET protected me... until I read this:

So, Rhiannon's article is encouraging since it shows that some very well-funded entities (especially the non-commercial EU governmental agency) are committed to keeping us ahead of the bad guys and are there to help (for free) when-and-if they get to our data anyway.

I was referring to ransomware offerings. :)

I did catch the robust antivirus part........ ;)

Thanks for the Ars Technica article, I always enjoy reading Dan Goodin.
I'm glad to see some well funded initiatives like this, it really is needed in this day and age. They mention they are looking for other partners, perhaps some other competent entities will climb aboard.

jmjsquared, Just to clarify I didn't say that no detectors were mentioned, only that BD and MB were not. Thanks for the ARSTechnica article