Petya Ransomware: Is my computer and data is protected against this threat?

Petya Ransomware has hit big corporations in Europe and US, and still spreading. This threat has caused massive disorder at large firms including the advertising giant WPP, French construction material company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft.

Now let’s first understand what actually Petya Ransomware is by Norton antivirus support.

Petya Ransomware: What it is?

Petya has been in existence since 2016. It differs from typical ransomware; as it doesn’t just encrypt files, it also overwrites and encrypts the master boot record (MBR). In this latest attack, a ransom note demanding $300 in bitcoins be paid to recover files is displayed on infected computers.

A lot of people is in confusion and anxiety, and wondering Am I protected against this threat.

Am I safe?

Symantec and Norton users are protected against Petya ransomware. Run LiveUpdate to ensure that you have the latest virus definitions and then run a full system scan. How to do it? Read the below instructions:

Step 1: Run LiveUpdate

  •         Start your Norton product
  •         In the main window, click Security, and then click LiveUpdate
  •         When Norton LiveUpdate is finished, click OK
  •         Run LiveUpdate until you see the message, “Your Norton product has the latest protection updates
  •         Exit all the programs, and restart the computer

Step 2: Run Full System Scan

  •         Start your Norton product
  •         In the main window, click Security, and then click Scans
  •         In the Scans window, select Full System Scan and click Go
  •         When the scan is finished, click Finish

In order to be safe, Norton antivirus support professionals says that you need to keep your software updated. Follow the below tips given by our experts to be safe!

  1.      Always, yes always keep your security software up-to-date to protect yourself against the threat
  2.      Be very careful and wary of unexpected or unsolicited emails
  3.      Do not download attachments received from unknown sources over email, messages or social media
  4.      Unless you are 100 percent sure that this is a genuine email or you know and trust the sender, do not enable macros and instead instantly delete the email
  5.      Using cloud services could help mitigate ransomware infection, since many retain previous versions of files, allowing you to “roll back” to the unencrypted form

In case if you think your computer or network is compromised, contact Norton antivirus support on toll free number at 0-800-820-3300. The experts can also be contacted through email and chat support.


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