What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that takes control of your computer and denies you access to it. Cyber attackers use various methods to spread malware, including infected links or email attachments. Once your PC is infected, ransomware renames your files with a new extension and encrypts them. Attackers then demand payment to unlock your files.
How does ASUS WebStorage Sync protect your files from ransomware?
By regularly syncing important files to the cloud, ASUS WebStorage Sync can help safeguard against ransomware. If a file with a suspicious extension is detected, the synchronization immediately stops. If a file is unfortunately infected, you just need to ensure the malicious program has been removed from your device, and then you can restore the files from the cloud to avoid the threat of ransomware.
How to enable the ransomware detection feature?
- Download and install ASUS WebStorage Sync.
- Right-click on the icon in the Windows taskbar.
- Click [Settings] to enter the main menu.
- Click [Info] on the left side menu, and click [More] at the lower left corner of the window.
- Under the "Ransomware Detection" section, select the [Pause synchronization when file extensions are altered by a virus] checkbox.
What to do if your PC has been infected with ransomware?
- When you notice ransomware on your computer, disconnect the network connections and shut down your device immediately.
- Use a decryption tool from a trusted source to remove the malware from your system or seek professional help.
- After removing the malware, download your files from ASUS WebStorage.