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Kaspersky, ESET and Avast have released Dharma ransomware decryptors

All the security firms fight together in order to create decryption keys for ransomware viruses. The folks from BleepingComputer have added the master keys for the Dharma ransomware (Crysis variant) on their website and soon after that, ESET, Avast and Kaspersky have added the keys to their decryptor tools.

Kaspersky integrated it into its Rakhni decryptor tool, ESET added the same keys into their ESET Crysis Decryptor tool, while Avast added it to Crysis ransomware decryptor.

This means that the users that got infected with this ransomware malware and got their files encrypted with the .dharma extension can now recover their files for free, without having to pay the ransom.

Decryption tools are also available on No More Ransom, a campaign site run by Europol, Dutch National Police, Intel and Kaspersky.

If you don’t know this yet, the ransomware malware is a type of virus that encrypts all the data on the infected computer and leaves an instruction file on the desktop, to offer the necesarry information to contact the hacker and pay for the decryption key in bitcoin.

It is hard to protect your computers against it because every person with a little computer skills can create its own ransomware virus and harm others.

Personally, I use Cyberfree Anti Ransomware and I have both a Zemana antimalware license, to keep my computer safe from such viruses.


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Kaspersky and ESET are very popular on both desktop and mobile devices

According to AV-Comparatives, a security firm, ESET and Kaspersky are the most popular two antivirus solutions for desktop computers and laptops, featuring in the top four of every continent. Kaspersky is the most popular antivirus for mobile devices, also.

35.4% of the people use free desktop security solutions, but despite that, the number of paid antivirus solutions did not change. The number of people that do not use security solutions at all has decreased to 1.8%.

86% of the people that use security solutions say that their system was not been infected by malware, while 35% of them say that the security software blocked malware within the last week.

58.2% of the users have Windows 10 and 26.6% use Windows 7. On the mobile side, 71.8% of users use Android, 17% use iOS and 6.8% still use the rusty Windows Mobile.

Due to the fact that I also work from home with sensitive information, I am a little paranoid with security. I am a computer geek capable of restoring everything and cleaning up the computer if it gets infected, but I am afraid of ransomware malware.

So, in order to stay safe, I use ESET Antivirus, Zemana AntiMalware and Cybereason RansomFree. While ESET has both computer and internet protection, Zemana is a highly capable, cheap, anti malware software famous for finding and stopping ransomware viruses from encrypting data. On top of that, there is the free Cybereason RansomFree radar that has created a bunch of dummy files to keep them as bait for ransomware and to kill the encryption process in time, before it eats all the data.