How to find out which ransomware has infected your PC

There are several tools on the Internet, some even free and very effective, to identify the ransomware that has affected your computer. Here's which one to choose

Ransomware, malware that encrypts devices and demands payment of a ransom in return, is one of the most dangerous threats, especially for businesses. To try to unlock infected computers, without submitting to hackers' blackmail, you need to find out the type of ransomware. How to do it?

Let's start from a consideration: it is not always possible to recover the "obscured" files, especially if the virus that hit the device is sophisticated. Some ransomware doesn't leave the victims any chance, even going so far as to permanently erase the data contained on the hard disk. But it is always worth trying. It is possible that the virus, in fact, has already been used: in these cases it is very likely that on the net there is already a system to defeat the ransomware. Or at least to recognize it. Knowing which ransomware has wedged itself into your machine is already an excellent starting point. On the internet there are, in fact, several tools, some of them free and very effective, to identify which ransomware has hit the pc.

Bitdefender Ransomware Recognition Tool

One of the most famous is the one by Bitdefender, one of the most authoritative companies expert in computer security.

Bitdefender Ransomware Recognition Tool, so the tool is called, allows, in fact, to discover the "name" of the ransomware that has infected the computer. The program, which can be downloaded for free, works by analyzing parts of the encrypted file and also "reads" the note of the ransomware. The tool is also capable of recognizing ransomware sub-variants.

Bitdefender Ransomware Recognition Tool not only helps victims identify the type of ransomware, but also provides, when possible, decryption keys, which then allow unlocking files made inaccessible by the infection. The program, in fact, once it has "figured out" what ransomware has affected the PC, it offers users a link to release the encrypted data.

ID ransomware

Bitdefender Ransomware Recognition Tool, however, is not the only tool. Another program, also free, is ID ransomware. It is an online tool, which, like the previous service, allows you to identify the type of ransomware responsible for the infection: you just need to enter into the platform the file with which the hackers demand the ransom - usually the payment wanted by cyber criminals is in Bitcoin - or even one of the files encrypted by the virus. ID ransomware, which according to what is written on the site is capable of detecting up to 490 different ransomware, will also provide "instructions" on how to get rid of the threat.