Do NOT Reboot Your System after a Ransomware Attack: Security Pros

Security Pros do not recommend that users reboot their computers after encountering a ransomware attack as this may help the malware in certain circumstances.

Instead, experts recommend that victims place the PC into hibernation mode, disconnect it from their network and reach out to an expert IT support firm. Powering down the pc is also an option however hibernating is advised as a copy of the memory is saved in hibernation mode and poor ransomware sometimes leaves a copy of its encryption key.


The advice from experts comes on the back of a survey of ransomware victims in the United States where nearly 30% of the victims chose to reboot their computers following the ransomware attack.

Restarted Computer30%
Online tool18%
Restored computer from backup22%
Removed by someone else13%
Reformatted PC5%
Removed by Anti-Virus software5%
Paid Ransom4%
Other means3%

Rebooting in safe mode can work against old screen locker types of ransomware however it is not recommended when dealing with modern ransomware versions as modern versions encrypt files.

Based on the reports from ZDNet: Bill Siegel, CEO and co-founder of Coveware said that ransomware is typically designed to „crawl through attached“ drives. Any permission issues could trip it up therefore halting the encryption however, rebooting the system could help resolve the error that stopped the ransomware in the first place. In other word’s Rebooting the system could essentially allow the ransomware to „finish its job”.


Ransomware attacks and their variants are rapidly evolving every day. We now know that the highest percentage of PC’s infected by ransomware are after a reboot. Following a ransomware attack, the best option is to put your PC to hibernation mode as the hibernation mode saves a copy of the memory which can be extremely useful as poor ransomware sometimes leaves a copy of its encryption key.

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