Technology advances on a daily basis: USB drives get smaller, computer graphics get more vivid, and the Internet gets faster. Unfortunately, malicious software also gets more invasive and powerful. The latest major cyber attack happened in June 2017, affecting numerous companies and public offices around Europe and the United States. Known under the name of Petya, this ransomware caused chaos all over the world.
To prevent further Petya attacks, CyberGhost has launched CyberGhost Immunizer, a new tool that protects users from this specific type of ransomware.
What Is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a special kind of malware that hijacks your computer, releasing it only after you pay a ransom. The ransom is usually demanded in Bitcoin since this digital currency enables the attackers to remain anonymous and makes it harder for authorities to track them down.
After you pay the ransom, you receive a digital key that unblocks your computer or the data that’s been blocked by the ransomware. Petya demands $300 in Bitcoin from all its victims. It first appeared in Ukraine, but it also hit companies in Russia, Denmark, France, the United States, etc.
How CyberGhost Immunizer Works?
CyberGhost Immunizer is a tool that tricks Petya into thinking your computer is already infected. So, if Petya ransomware wants to attack your computer, it will think it previously attacked the computer and leave you unharmed. You remain safe because Petya continues looking for other potential victims.
How To Install CyberGhost Immunizer?
Installing CyberGhost Immunizer is rather simple and can be completed in a matter of seconds. You can follow a link shared on the CyberGhost website and download a zipped file. After that’s done, you need to extract the content of the zipped file and run PetyaImmunizer.exe file.
Your computer might issue a warning upon installing the tool because CyberGhost Immunizer is a new tool and hasn’t gained Microsoft’s trust yet. However, you can avoid this inconvenience by clicking Run Away button.
CyberGhost Immunizer is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and even Windows XP. Users of Windows XP should know that the tool requires .NET Framwork 4 for installation.
How To Uninstall CyberGhost Immunizer?
Although the installation process is very simple, that’s not the case with uninstallation. If you don’t want CyberGhost Immunizer on your computer anymore, you’ll need to arm yourself with a bit of patience since the uninstallation process requires a bit of ‘manual labor.’ After you delete the file, you need to open Windows directory and delete all of the following files: perfc, perfc.dll, and perfc.dat.
Ransomware is a serious cyber threat that blocks your computer and endangers your data. If you want to stay protected against Petya attacks, installing CyberGhost Immunizer won’t take much of your time and it’ll keep you safe from this type of malware.