What is it
Ransom malware, or ransomware, is a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their system or personal files and demands ransom payment in order to regain access.
How do I get Ransomware
There are several different ways that ransomware can infect your computer. One of the most common methods today is through malicious spam, which are unsolicited emails that are used to deliver malware. These emails might include corrupt attachments, such as PDFs or Word documents. It might also contain links to malicious websites.
Three types of ransomware
- Scareware: Includes rogue security software and tech support scams. You might receive a pop-up message claiming that malware was discovered and the only way to get rid of it is to pay up. If you do nothing, you’ll likely continue to be bombarded with pop-ups, but your files are essentially safe
- Screen Lockers: When lock-screen ransomware gets on your computer, it means you’re frozen out of your PC entirely. Upon starting up your computer, a full-size window will appear, often accompanied by an official-looking seal saying illegal activity has been detected on your computer and you must pay a fine t unlock your computer.
- Encrypting Ransomware: Software that seizes your files and encrypt them, demanding payment in order to decrypt and redeliver. The reason why this type of ransomware is so dangerous is because once cybercriminals get ahold of your files, no security software or system restore can return them to you.
How to prevent Malware
Organizations of all sizes have been plagued by sophisticated attacks that evade traditional signature-based defenses, resulting in the loss of personal information, millions of dollars, and permanent reputation damage. Learn More