Ransomware detection

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a malicious program that encrypts files by modifying file extensions, and hackers often demand a high ransom to unlock your files.

For example, your original file extension was Test.docx, and ransomware infected your computer and changed the file extension to Test.crypted.

 

 

How does Timeline Backup protect my files?

After the ransomware detection feature is enabled, the system will check to see if the files you are going to back up have been modified to specific file extensions before backing them up to the cloud. And if so, a warning window will pop up, and the backup job will be paused.

If your computer is attacked by ransomware, you just need to confirm that the malicious program has been removed from your devices, and then you can restore the files from the cloud to avoid the threat of hackers.

 

 

How to enable the ransomware detection feature?

1. left-click on the Timeline Backup icon ________1.png on the Windows taskbar.

2. Click on [Settings] on the left side menu.

3. In the Ransomware detection section, tick the [Protect backup files from ransomware attacks] checkbox.

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Where can I see the infected files?

When the system detects that your files have been modified with specific extensions, the warning window will pop up, and then you can go to [Status] > [Error log] to view all the infected files.

  • If you press the [Stop] icon, the backup job will be ended immediately.

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  • If you press the [Restart] icon, you can continue to back up the rest of the uninfected files.

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Restore your files from ASUS WebStorage

It's important to make sure that the malicious program has been removed from your devices; otherwise, your files may get encrypted again when you restore them.

 

Method 1: Restore files from Timeline Backup APP:

1. Select [Restore] on the left side menu.

2. Click the [Restore Data] button.

3. In the [Select device] drop-down list, select the device you were using for the backup.

4. In the [Select backed up time] drop-down list, select the version that has been backed up before the ransomware attacks.

5. After [Select device] and [Select backed up time] are selected, you can select an entire folder or just a single file in the tree view.

6. The default [Restore Location] is "C:\ASUSWebStorageTimelineBackup”. You can change the restore path by clicking on the folder icon.

7. Click the [Confirm restore] button.

 

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Method 2: Restore files from ASUS WebStorage web version:

1. Log in to ASUS WebStorage web version.

2. Click [Backup]>[Timeline Backup] on the left menu.

3. Double-click the backup device with the mouse.

 

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4. Select the version that has been backed up before the ransomware attacks.

 

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5. Tick on the checkbox of the file, then click the [Download] icon at the top-right corner of the page.

Note: You can only download a single backup file each time. Downloading an entire backup folder or multiple files at the same time is not allowed.

 

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