What is ransomware? What to Do If You’re Infected by Ransomware?
Ransomware is a malware that takes over a computer and prevents you from accessing your data until you pay a ransom, as by said by John Villasenor, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.By using encryption key,ransomware encrypts data on the. Attackers will tell if you want to decrypt them, you have to pay, otherwise you will lose your data forever.
The digital extortion racket has been since 2005.Attackers have greatly improved their attacking skills with the development of ransom cryptware. Recently, a large number of computers were hit in a cyber attack that targeted hospitals, agencies and even some tech companies. So including top app development companies, all tech companies as well as healthcare companies are taking utmost care to combat ransomware.
How your computer gets infected with ransomware?
Mostly, the software infects computers through links or attachments in malicious messages that is known as phishing emails. Attackers try to deceive users by luring them to click on counterfeit attachments.
In order to inject the malicious ransomware code onto users’ computer,attackers encourage users toclick on attachment that takes them to an infected website.
Find out what kind of ransomware you have
First, you will need to decide whether you’ve been hit by screen-locking ransomware, or any encrypting ransomware, or something that’s just shamming to be ransomware. Check whether you are able to access files or folders on the desktop or in the My Documents folder.
If you have been infected by screen-locking ransomware, you will not be able to get past the ransom note you see on your screen.
If you have been infected by encrypting ransomware, you can browse through apps or directories but can’t open your regular office files, photographs, movies or emails. This is the most common and most harmful ransomware.
If you can both navigate the system and access files, then you’re likely seeing something counterfeit that’s just trying to encourage you into paying. You need not considersuch ransom note.
How to avoid these ransomware attacks?
*If you’re on the affected network and already have been attacked or not yet attacked, disconnect your system from it.
*Use smartphone or a camera to take a photograph of the ransom note
*Reboot your computer in safe mode.
*Run antivirus software to clean the ransomware from machine
*See if there are decryption tools available.
There is no perfect solution to this problem.Users should regularly back up their data then it is possible to restore the files without paying a ransom.
Since they could unleash malware it’s important to avoid clicking on links or opening attachments in malicious email messages.
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