How to Restore Deleted Files from Ransomware
Ransomware has been one of the most destructive kinds of malware for years now. To put it simply, it encrypts your files and asks for a ransom.
If you don’t pay the ransom, you don’t get your files back. And even if you do pay, there is no guarantee that you’ll get your files back. After all, you’re dealing with cyber criminals.
However, what if I told you that it’s entirely possible to restore your deleted files without paying?
All in all, here are the two simple steps that you follow in order to get your files back.
- Remove the Ransomware
- Restore your Files
Restore your Files
The easiest way to restore previous versions of files is using file recovery software. Do keep in mind, though, that restoring previous versions of files, or deleted files for that matter, is not easy.
Chances are that it’s not going to work. But, at this point, it’s your best bet. All you have to do is install EaseUS Data Recovery and have it do the rest of the work for you.
If that doesn’t work out, then you can always try to use a Ransomware decryptor. Those don’t actually restore previous/deleted versions of your files.
Instead, they try to perform decryption on the already encrypted files which might be even more difficult than restoring deleted files.
But, again, these two methods are your best bet. There’s not much else to do.
How does Data Restoration Work?
So, data recovery software restores deleted or previous versions of files. That much is clear. However, how is that possible? Aren’t deleted files, well, deleted?
Not exactly. Due to the way that storage devices work, Windows doesn’t completely erase the data which form a file. Like a video, image, or whatever.
Instead, it just deletes the information which is required to find the particular file and marks the space that this file occupied as available for replacement.
Which means that your file is only truly gone when other files replace it. The thing is that even if a small piece of that file gets deleted, chances are that it won’t be usable anymore.
Data recovery software searches for any files that are deleted and haven’t been replaced yet and attempt to restore them.
Prevent Future Disasters
Preventing yourself from getting infected in the first place, is much better than waiting for the infection to happen and fighting against it at that very moment.
The best and easiest precaution is keeping backups on a storage media which is not directly connected to your computer.
That could be anything like an external drive, the cloud, a thumb drive, or whatever suits you. It just needs to be disconnected from your computer.
Because if you get infected and you have backups, then you can easily just format the whole drive, make a fresh installation, restore your backups, and boom. Your PC is as good as new.
Other than that, use security programs, apply common sense, think before you act, and stay away from suspicious looking ads, links, etc.
Remove the Ransomware
This is essential. Before you do anything that involves file restoration, you need to make sure that the malware is removed.
Because if the Ransomware is still on your computer, there is a good chance that your restored files will also get encrypted and if that happens there’s no turning back.
There are mainly two ways to remove Ransomware. Manually, and automatically. The automated way is recommended as it doesn’t require technical knowledge and is often extremely effective.
The automatic removal method involves using an Anti-Malware. There are various programs to choose from but we generally recommend MalwareFox. It has a free trial of two weeks so really have nothing to lose.
Just install it, perform a full scan with it, and remove everything that it detects. After that, your PC should be all clear. The Anti-Malware setup is pretty much self-explanatory.
I’m warning you, manually removing Ransomware is not easy and may or may not cause damages to your OS depending on your actions. Don’t expect me to take responsibility if you mess something up.
I would love to guide you through the removal step by step, but there are various kinds of Ransomware and they all get removed with different approaches.
In this case scenario, Google is your friend. You need to find out the name of the Ransomware which has infected you and Google it. For an example: WannaCry Manual Removal Guide.
Then just follow whatever instructions the author gives you and pray that you won’t break anything.
Some kinds of Ransomware prevent you from using the computer at all. The only way to get past them is using safe mode with or without networking.
If that doesn’t work, you can always try to use a Windows recovery disc or something similar but don’t expect too much.
And if that doesn’t work either, then your best bet is to remove your drive, plug it in on another computer (Linux is recommended to avoid further infections), proceed with file restoration, then completely format it to re-install the OS.