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Windows Updates: Things you should Know

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Windows Updates: Things You Should Know

Let’s talk about windows updates. You will learn what they are and why they are so important to you. You will also find out how you should use update features in Windows.

So what are windows updates? To begin, we all know that all software we use needs to be regularly updated from time to time. Same holds true for windows.

Some updates are used to fix both bugs in the code as well as security problems. They can also be used to add functions or features not previously included with the software. Therefore, it is very important that you keep your drivers, applications and your operating system up to date.

Windows Update enables you to download and install recommended and important updates automatically, without having to visit Windows Updates website. To manage them you should go to the Windows Updates console in your Control Panel. “View update history option” will allow you to view a list of previously installed updates. This list will also show you updates that were not installed successfully.

If you hold administrative privileges, you can check for updates and change their settings. Typical settings you could choose from are as follows. You can install them automatically (by default), download and notify (without installing), check for them and notify (without downloading or installing) or check for them manually (not recommended). You are also able to review installed updates and view hidden ones. Choosing to hide an update equals declining it.

As a standard user you can only check for and install new updates. Please remember that Windows Updates rely on Windows Update service, set to start automatically by default.

Updates are classified as either Hot Fixes or Service Packs. A Hot Fix addresses one specific problem with the operating system or its related files. Hot Fixes, created periodically, fix code related problems.

Service Pack or SP identifies a set of hot fixes and other system enhancements. It brings your operating system (OS) up to its most current level. Service Packs are numbered such as SP1, SP2, SP3, etc.

You should be made aware of a couple of things. Hot Fixes and Service Packs are specific to the version of the operating system you are using. If you own a business with several computers, please test your updates before installing them on multiple systems.

There exists another classification for windows updates. They can be viewed as Important, Recommended or Optional.

Important updates address critical security issues. Recommended updates often address functionality issues. Optional updates include driver updates, language packs or updates enhancing or adding functionality to your system.

“Give me recommended updates” option allows us to treat recommended updates same as important ones.

Dynamic updates are downloaded during your Windows system installation. They check for critical updates, using them to patch the OS. They also try to find missing drivers to complete the installation.

Your default Windows Update settings attempt to detect and install important updates every day at 3 am. If your computer is not on at that time, the Windows Update process will start next time you turn your computer on.

Mission Repair Center wants you to remember that keeping your system updated is a part of regular system maintenance. When you experience a problem with a specific device or a program, your first step should be to check for updates and apply them.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

Tips and Tricks for Mac users!

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Tips For Mac Users

If you own a Mac computer, then there is something you should know. The following tips will show you some alternative ways of doing things.

To begin with, when you don’t feel like speaking to Siri, command-space shortcut on your keyboard will get you to Spotlight search.

If you are interested in a quick conversion all you need to do is launch Spotlight and type the figure you wish to convert such as money or a unit of mass. However, you should be mindful that certain things like currency conversion will only work when your Mac is online.

If you wish to take a screenshot of a specific part of your screen, you just need to tap Command + Shift 4. After you do that a box will appear when you click; you should then drag the box to the location on the screen that you want to take a picture of.

How about exporting an image in a format that’s not listed? What you need to do here is hold down the Option key while clicking the Format drop down list; a selection of new image export options will be shown.

What if you try to fill in forms? The best and most efficient way is to go to System Preferences>Keyboard, clicking the All controls radio button for Full Keyboard Access.

When you resize your Windows using Split Screen view, hold down the Option key and that will enable you to see both windows clearly.

Next tip is useful if you are working with numerous documents on your Mac but need to find a specific one. You will get to it fast by just tapping the F3 button to obtain a minimized view of all your documents.

When listening to your favorite song or watching a movie, you can tap Option and Shift while raising or lowering volume for much more sensitive control.

Renaming files can be quickly accomplished by selecting them in the enclosing folder and right clicking on them. If you then choose an option Rename items, you will be able to assign them any name that you might want along with an appropriate number.

Now, let’s say you get stuck on a particular application. You can get out of it by tapping Command + Option and pressing Esc. Force Quit dialog box will appear when you do this.

Are you at times having trouble finding your work folders? You will resolve this by launching a new Finder window, selecting Show Sidebar and just dragging and dropping your work folder into the sidebar. That will also allow for easy access to the folder.

As a Mac user, you probably know how to navigate between apps using Command and Tab on your machine but do you know that you can also quit an app by simply selecting it and tapping Q? Other hidden features can be unlocked when you try using Command in your Menu bar.

You are also able to move Menu icons by clicking on one while holding down the Command key. However, you must be really careful while doing it in order not to pull it from the Menu bar.

Don’t feel like receiving any Notifications? In such a case, just press the Option key and tap the Notifications icon in the top right. The icon’s color should then change to light gray thus showing that it has been disabled.

The final tip is regarding the length of time it takes to back your data up on your Mac. Normally, such processes can be quite lengthy because they are designated as a background activity. It is in a way good for you as it is assumed that you are doing something else with your Mac. So how do you speed the process up, you might ask? By launching Terminal and pasting in the following:

sudo sysctl debug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=0

The process will be initiated when you type in your login password. Unfortunately, your data backup settings will revert back to their lengthy original state once you reboot your machine unless you follow the instructions found on the following website:

http://www.mackungfu.org/massively-speed-up-time-capsule-time-machine-backups

Mission Repair Centre is hoping that you found the above tips useful. However, if you are having any problems, please bring your Mac to us and we will try to assist you further.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

 

 

Flagship feature of the new MacBook Pro

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Usefulness of the Touch Bar, Flagship Feature of the New MacBook Pro

Sam is finally home after a busy day at work. He has some time and as he is sitting down at his new computer, Apple’s latest MacBook Pro, he is thinking that he might explore the Touch Bar, its flagship feature.

What is the Touch Bar then? It is an OLED display strip replacing the physical row of function keys. As Sam begins his investigations, he quickly discovers that this dynamic zone at the top of his keyboard allows apps to display custom buttons, sliders, switches and scrubbers, thus adding a new way to his interaction with Mac applications that goes beyond text input and mouse pointers.

So what does he first observe? Well, he notices that the Touch Bar’s main interface is split into 3 sections: a system button, the area for variable app controls and the Control Strip.

The system button, controlled by macOS Sierra, displays a Cancel, Done or virtual ‘esc’ key.

The ‘app region’ in the middle will light up with contextual buttons and actions of different kinds, depending on the type of currently activated app. The keyword here is flexibility and some of the things Sam will be able to do are ones like expanding, contracting and customizing system controls, answering his iPhone or FaceTime call from the keyboard without moving his cursor, selecting palette and tap to choose a color for text and objects, getting quick access to text suggestions and emoji in apps like Messages and Mail or accessing the function keys by holding down the FN key on the keyboard among others.

The Control Strip on the right contains media keys and brightness controls. It can be expanded or collapsed depending on how much of the Touch Bar screen real estate Sam would wish to dedicate to app content.

Sam could also configure his Touch Bar to display a virtual set of normal function keys.

According to Apple, the Touch Bar contains a custom T1 chip powering the Touch ID and Apple Pay features.

Next, Sam notices that its controls always take up the full height so he is only dealing with a movement along the X-axis.

Then he realizes that the buttons appear with vibrant and saturated colors.

As his Touch Bar experience continues, Sam discovers that Apple’s Developer API enables third-party developers to create unique but relatively-static controls for their individual needs.

Sam feels that the Touch Bar is as responsive to his touch as his other device that he keeps carrying with him every day, namely his iPhone. He also sees that it blends in beautifully with the rest of the keyboard. His wide color OLED display is responsible for making his virtual keys appear real.

Mission Repair Centre recommends that just like Sam, you too should explore your Touch Bar feature on your MacBook Pro, if you have one. You will be happy to know that there are already many apps with Touch Bar support which are currently being developed and will be released before the end of this year.

Time will only tell if this flagship feature shall become an essential part of each future Mac. For now, it is something that is really worth exploring.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

Wireless Charging for iPhone 8 !

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Foxconn Currently Testing Wireless Charging For iPhone 8

Are you aware that Foxconn has already started testing wireless charging for iPhone 8? Yes, the Taiwanese company also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, is in the process of making wireless charging modules to go with the iPhone’s next release scheduled for 2017. However, success of this new feature will depend on company’s achieving satisfactory yield rate following tests’ completion.

What is a yield rate, you might ask? Well, it is a measure of the number of satisfactory or working units in the production of a batch of components. Therefore, for instance if Foxconn were to determine that their yield rate was 99%, that would mean that in a batch of 100 iPhones, only one would fail the wireless charging test.

If the yield rate of the wireless charging modules will not achieve expected or acceptable value, then their continued production could be deemed unprofitable. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen as this new feature will certainly prove handy for you.

Other than the yield rate, it is also yet unclear whether all iPhone models for release in 2017 will come equipped with this new function.

The introduction of wireless charging capabilities in an iPhone is part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to boost sales of the device during its upcoming 10th anniversary. New model’s name iPhone 8 may still be changed given the special occasion of its launch.

This special upgrade comes at the time of Apple’s first annual revenue decline since 2001 stemming from a saturated smartphone market and an increased need for innovative features.

It has been reported that iPhone’s current metal casing will be replaced by a glass back with a metal frame. It has also been stated that all future iPhones will employ curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen display although it is unclear when it will happen.

The concept of wireless charging is not new and it has already been introduced in other phones such as Android and South Korea’s Samsung and LG Electronics. Hence, in order to be competitive, Apple has decided to extend the wireless charging range meaning that now the device does not have to be as close to a charging source. Please think what it means for you, the user. Now you don’t have to seat yourself right next to the source, whether you are in a restaurant, a coffee shop or anywhere else in order to charge your phone. Therefore, it will simply prove much more convenient for you to get a new iPhone with a wireless charging option rather than any of the other ones, with a shorter range.

Apple’s extended wireless charging range will allow you to charge your new iPhone device up to 15 feet away.

The downside of this technology is that you will also need to carry a charging mat which needs to be plugged into a wall before you could commence your charging process.

Finally, it should be noted that the cutting edge features like wireless charging and OLED technology could, at least initially, be limited to high-end premium models only.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

Useful Features of new Windows 10

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Useful Features of Windows 10

You have Windows 10 but you are wondering what benefits you get with this particular version. When you have some free time and feel like playing with your Windows 10 in order to explore some of their great new features, the following overview should help you choose ones you might be interested in.

To begin with, Windows 10 is safer and more secure than previous versions.

Windows Hello is the password free sign in giving you the fastest and most secure way of unlocking your Windows devices. So how exactly do I sign in, you might ask? Well, Windows 10 will grant you access by recognizing your face, fingerprint or companion device.

The new Windows is also the most secure Windows ever built, delivering comprehensive protection which includes antivirus, firewall, Defender and anti-phishing technologies. Increased built-in security features and ongoing updates safeguard you against any current and future threats.

You can now definitely increase your productivity with more innovative tools helping you to stay organized and do things online so that you could quickly get your work done.

Windows 10 uses Microsoft Edge browser which is more personal and responsive. What can you achieve with it? You are able to write directly on webpages and read articles streamlined for cleaner and more responsive reading. Your one-click access to your favorites, downloads, reading list and others allows you to search faster. By writing and typing directly on your web page with Web Note, you can share your mark-ups with others. Finally, you sweep distracting content out of your way with Reading View while browsing so you can only read what you want.

Windows 10 also offers the quickest way to set ideas in motion with Windows Ink which allows you to capture ideas and notes at the speed of thought without being logged in.

You can also do great things faster as Windows is loaded with multitasking tools such as a custom start menu, live tiles, snap assist, task view and virtual desktops.

If you have a laptop, Tablet Mode lets you use it as a tablet such that you can easily and smoothly navigate between apps.

You now get to enjoy Cortana, a more personal digital assistant. What does Cortana do for you? Well, it helps you find things, complete tasks, set reminders and work across your devices more productively. Action Center gives you quick access to things like notifications from Cortana and other apps.

You can also play new Xbox games on Windows 10, staying connected to your gaming community with the Xbox app and playing wherever you might want with in-home streaming.

There are even more features that you might really be interested in.

The new emoji keyboard features a new font and categories of expressive and playful emoji and is available for 25 languages. Windows dark mode allows you to work in low-light conditions such as at night or on a plane. You can now continue playing your music even after locking your screen.

Windows 10 can be used on devices such as 2-in-1 tablets that can replace laptops and phones that can be used like a PC.

The final feature we will discuss is Windows Store. This one allows you to easily download apps, games, music, movies and TV shows.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

macOS Sierra – The new Mac OS

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What Can You Expect From macOS Sierra?

You are currently using Mac OS X but as Apple has recently rebranded its desktop and laptop OS, you can now upgrade your operating system to macOS Sierra (also known as macOS 10.12).

So what can you expect from it?

Let us start by summarizing the design of this new operating system. Design-wise, macOS Sierra is almost identical to its predecessor El Capitan. The ‘flattened’ visuals still exist. However, there are some exceptions. User interface differs a little bit. You can now use tabs in a wide range of first- and third-party apps rather than just Safari and other web browsers.

First-party apps that support tabs from launch include Maps, Mail, Text Edit and all three iWork apps. Third-party apps need to support multiple windows.

You can now enjoy a new picture-in-picture viewing mode. Picture-in-picture allows a video from Safari or iTunes to float in a window over your desktop as you work. You can pin this video mini-window to one corner of your screen, where it will stay even if you switch spaces. What does it mean to switch spaces, you might ask? Space feature (introduced with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in 2007) allowed a user to create multiple virtual desktops which act as individual workspaces. So switching spaces is essentially switching tasks. When you switch tasks, you simply move from one workspace (like Calendar) to another (like Word).

How about the new features of macOS Sierra? There are 6 of them.

One of the top features is Siri on Mac. This one is significant as you can now speak to your Mac using the Siri voice-recognition engine from the iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV. A particularly useful application of this is that you are now able to verbally search through documents using Siri. Another useful feature is Apple Pay on Mac. Unfortunately, as Mac does not come equipped with a fingerprint scanner, you will need to tap your iPhone or iPad in order to verify your identity. Apple Pay icons will now be visible on the buy pages of certain merchants. You will just need to verify your purchases with Touch ID on your iPhone or using your Apple Watch.

In addition, you are now able to Auto Unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch. How could I do that, you might ask? Well, within a certain distance, your Mac will detect your approach and unlock if you are wearing an unlocked Apple Watch.

MacOS Sierra now also gives you the ability to share your entire desktop (and Documents folder) with other devices such as your iPad or iPhone’s iCloud Drive, another Mac’s desktop or Documents folder or PC’s iCloud for Windows app.

Optimized storage removes certain duplicate files for you such as caches, logs and so on, automatically storing seldom used items in iCloud.

More emphasis is now placed on Messages’ emoji and visual effects. Photos have a new Memories feature which recognizes and understands people, places and events. Finally, Apple Music has been redesigned visually.

With all the benefits and upgrades of the new macOS Sierra, its operating system is more demanding than El Capitan so it won’t work on every Mac. Following Macs enable you to install the macOS Sierra upgrade: MacBook (Late 2009 or later), MacBook Air (2010 or later), MacBook Pro (2010 or later), Mac mini (2010 or later), Mac Pro (2010 or later) and iMac (Late 2009 or later).

As early impressions of macOS Sierra are good, Mission Repair Centre recommends that you make the upgrade as soon as you can.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

Reduce your iPhone Internet Data Usage if you use Facebook and Twitter Extensively

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How Could You Reduce Your iPhone Internet Data Usage if You Use Facebook and Twitter Extensively?

 David’s girlfriend Anna also uses her iPhone extensively like David does. However, her main focus is on Facebook and Twitter. Just like David, Anna has already figured out that she can save on her cellular data usage by turning certain phone functions off, ones that she does not need or use very much.

Now she also needs to find out how her use of Facebook and Twitter affects her data usage. In order to do that she decides to talk to some experienced individuals as well as to do some research. Let us see what Anna has found out in due course.

She was relieved to know that both Facebook and Twitter provide you with an option to enable auto-play videos on Wi-Fi network only.

How can you find out how much of your cellular data is being consumed by Facebook and Twitter apps? Well, there are three essential steps. You begin by launching the Settings app, navigating to Cellular and scrolling down to the ‘Use Cellular Data For’ section. When Anna did that, she was shocked to see how much cellular data she was using for Facebook and Twitter. Hopefully, you will not be as shocked as Anna was.

So how do you disable auto-play videos in the Facebook app when on a cellular network? Well, there are several steps that you should follow and if you are like Anna, you will follow them carefully.

First, you should launch the Facebook app. Then you tap on More in the Tab bar at the bottom and scroll down to tap on Settings. A menu will pop up where you must tap on Account Settings. When in Account Settings, tap Videos and Photos. In Videos and Photos menu, you should tap Auto-play. Here Anna is faced with a choice. If she wants the auto-play feature to work only while connected to a Wi-Fi network, she should tap on ‘On Wi-Fi Connections Only’. Otherwise, she should tap Never Auto-play videos, if she doesn’t want the feature. As we already know, Anna was happy when she realized that both Facebook and Twitter allow you to enable auto-play videos on Wi-Fi network. Obviously then, she is going to choose that option.

Disabling procedure for auto-play videos in the Twitter app when on a cellular network is as follows.

Again, you launch the Twitter app and tap on the Me tab in the tab bar at the bottom. What you see is your profile popping up. Next to your profile pic, you see a little icon in shape of a gear. You should tap on it. As before, a menu will pop up where you must tap on Settings. Tap Video auto-play. Here you have two options: ‘Use Wi-Fi only’ and ‘Never play videos automatically’. Certainly, we already know what Anna will choose.

If you are a heavy Facebook and Twitter user like Anna, Mission Repair Centre recommends that you follow these simple procedures in order to save on your cellular data usage.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

How Could You Reduce Your iPhone Internet Data Usage?

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How Could You Reduce Your iPhone Internet Data Usage?

 

David is using his iPhone extensively as a result of which he ends up exceeding his monthly limit. Naturally, David is wondering what he could do in order to reduce internet data usage on his iPhone and thus reduce his monthly usage costs.

There are several different things that could be done. At the end you need to list them in order of importance. It might not be possible to implement all of them as some of your phone’s functions really matter to you whereas others do not matter as much.

Of course, things that matter to David may not matter to you and vice versa. Nevertheless, David’s example will show you the path towards reduction of your internet data usage.

One of the things you might do is disable or turn off Cellular Data Usage for iCloud. However David doesn’t want to do that. Why? Well, he uses iCloud extensively to transfer files or documents from his phone.

The second thing you might want to do is disable Automatic Downloads on Cellular Data and this is what David has decided to do. He did it as he very well knows that App downloads are some of the biggest files on his device. He will make sure that he is first connected to Wi-Fi before he starts downloading and updating his apps.

David knows that he should disable Wi-Fi Assist as Wi-Fi Assist uses Cellular Data while trying to supplement a weak Wi-Fi signal. David does not see the need for that. He will simply not use Wi-Fi if the signal is too weak.

Next remedy you might want to consider is monitoring or disabling data hungry apps. David knows that he may need some of those apps so he decides to find out how many of them (if not all) even need access to cellular data. He does this by checking the amount of cellular data used by his apps for the period since he has reset them.

A wise thing to do also is to use Per-App Options as different apps include their own options for controlling when cellular data is used which is what David does.

David also thinks that it is wise to disable Background App Refresh (usually disabled to save on battery life but you should check it anyways) as apps updating in the background consume data. He is aware of the fact that disabling them will not really affect his interaction with his phone.

David really likes listening to the music but he also knows that streaming high quality music consumes cellular data. The higher the quality, the larger the file. He decides to stream over Wi-Fi only.

David also wants to disable Autoplay Videos on Cellular Network as he is aware that more people are sharing videos on Facebook and Twitter at the cost of his cellular data.

David has also disabled Mail, Contacts and Calendar Sync options because he wants to get new emails and other data manually without having to use his cellular data. He has reduced Web Browser Data Usage by using a browser with a built-in data compression proxy. He also cached some of his favorite music, video, maps and article files in order to use them offline.

It is the recommendation of Mission Repair Centre that once you have reached your monthly limit and do not wish to exceed it you should avoid using cellular data completely. Nice feature of non-Wi-Fi applications such as ESPN is that they will not even load without cellular data being turned off so you can always use them if you have reached your data usage limit for the given month.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

The Power of Proper Diagnostics of your Computers, Laptops, Cell Phones, Tablets and Gaming Consoles

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Why Is Having Us Running The Diagnostics on Your Device Beneficial For You

Imagine if you were a person with a serious health problem. Will you go to the doctor who will just treat the symptoms of your disease or will you try to find one who will address the root causes?

What can a bad doctor who only treats the symptoms of your disease be compared to? Those Reactive IT Management Businesses (Computer, Cell Phone, IPhone, Gaming Console, Tablet, Repair, etc.) who either charge the client on a Per Hour Basis or give client a quote without diagnosing the issue. Why are these particular approaches not very good for you?

If you are charged on a Per Hour Basis, these charges contain the labour price and might or might not contain the price of an additional hardware that may need to be installed. The key expression here is ‘might or might not’. It suggests the symptomatic approach to the solution of the problem at hand.

If you are provided with a large quote without proper diagnosis of the root cause, you may end up paying more than necessary.

At Mission Repair Centre we are just like good doctors who would never prescribe you any medication without first getting the proper diagnosis of any health issues you might be facing. Just like a good doctor would run all the necessary tests in order to find the exact root cause of your condition to prescribe all the medication you need, we always run thorough diagnostics on your technical device to find the root cause of the problem. Once the root cause is found, we call you and tell you exactly what kind of work needs to be done to bring your device back to life or make it work like a brand new device. This method is transparent and saves you money.

At Mission Repair, this thorough diagnosis usually takes anywhere between 4 and 28 hours (depending on the condition of your device and its hardware peripherals). For example, high end gaming computer’s hardware peripherals and software will take more time to get diagnosed than a mobile/cell phone.

How is the diagnosis process transparent? Well, once we complete the diagnosis we call you (the client), tell you exactly what the root cause is and give you the exact quote to fix/repair your device. We keep our clients posted every step of the way and once the repair is done we sit with you (just like good doctors would do) and suggest/discuss any future preventative measures as we want to keep your problems from reoccurring. Keeping the problems from reoccurring is really the difference between the symptomatic approach and the treatment of the root cause which aims at complete resolution of your problems.

Just like you would go to the doctor who treats the causes of your disease rather than to the one who only addresses its symptoms, you will also not try to treat the problem yourself, perhaps attempting to self-medicate or something of similar nature.

Therefore at Mission Repair Centre we do not advise our potential clients to self-diagnose the issues after reading online articles and/or going on YouTube. From our experience, clients who self-diagnose end up making things worse with their devices rather than better. If they do, it might cost them more money to repair it in the future once they take it to any certified tech shop.

Hence we ask that you please take your device to the certified tech for proper diagnosis of the problems you are having with your technical devices such as computers, cell phones, tablets, gaming consoles, etc.

Amit Bhasin

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

Ransomware : How can You protect yourself ?

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Ransomware: How Can You Protect Yourself

Ransomware is a type of computer malware that installs covertly on your computer to execute so called crypto virology attack which adversely affects your machine and demands payment to decrypt it. It is a denial-of-access attack preventing computer users from accessing files since you cannot decrypt them without the decryption key. These types of attacks range from less to more serious.
Simple attacks may just lock the system in a way which may not be difficult to reverse if you are knowledgeable enough, displaying a message requesting payment to unlock it. In a more serious case, your files become encrypted and inaccessible and ransom payment is demanded to decrypt them. In the worst case scenario, the ransomware may even encrypt the computer’s Master File Table (MFT) or the entire hard drive.
Between 2012 and 2014, 5 major ransomware Trojans were released. Their names are Reveton, CryptoLocker, CryptoLocker.F, TorrentLocker and CryptoWall, variants of most of which continue to be a threat.
Currently, there are 10 major existing ransomware threats infecting different computers throughout the world and these are: Tescrypt.E, Tescrypt.D, Locky.A, Locky, Crowti.A, Exxroute.A, Win32/Cerber.A, FakeBsod.A, HTML/Cerber.A and Brolo.C.
The question is then how can you, as a user, mitigate the threat of ransomware attacking your computer and even when it does what measures can you take against it.
Unfortunately, as is the case with other types of malware, security software may not always detect ransomware. Data damages and/or losses can be stopped or greatly reduced if an attack is suspected or detected in its early stages as it takes time for encryption to take place.
The best recipe is of course prevention. As security software cannot always block at least some of this malware or more from launching and infecting your computer, it is advisable to keep backups of your stored data in locations inaccessible to the targeted area or space such as on external storage drives. It is also important that you keep your computer operating system and application software up to date. Another preventative measure constitutes never opening potentially infected spam emails or emails from unknown senders, never downloading attachments from any suspicious emails and never clicking links in spam. Having a traffic-filtering solution can provide proactive anti-ransomware protection.
If your files have been locked by ransomware, at least partial data recovery may be possible with the recovery of the encryption key (a process which may take several days). If the same encryption key is used, decryption tools use files for which there are both uncorrupted backups and encrypted copies.
New software tools intended specifically to deceive, divert and eventually stop ransomware prior to it encrypting files on your computer have recently been developed. These new software tools are specialized applications of deception technology recently available in the summer of 2016.
So at this stage you might ask: what are the best antivirus programs to protect against ransomware and the best ransomware protection currently available? Well, the best antivirus programs that provide ransomware detection and removal offer On Demand Malware Scan, Behavior Based Detection and Malicious URL Blocking.
Some of the most reputable antivirus solutions you may wish to consider are McAfee, Norton and Kaspersky software. Zone Alarm’s Threat Emulation software detects harmful content before you click (solid offense is at times the best defense against ransomware).

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂