Ransomware is a type of malicious software (or malware) that blocks the victim from accessing your computer and asks you to make a payment. The payment and the official reason why the victim should pay depends on the type of virus. Some versions of ransomware state that payment must be made to avoid punishment by a government authority (usually the FBI or local authorities); Others report that it is the only way to recover your data. Additional behaviors of ransomware parasites may involve the theft of sensitive information, ending legitimate software (antivirus, antispyware, etc.), displaying alerts and other unwanted activities. The first variants of this type of malware were launched in Russia. Since then, they have appeared in almost every country in the world.
What is caused by ransomware virus
- Ransomware viruses are capable of encrypting sensitive user data, such as business documents, videos, photos, and other files. Once they do this, they start asking to pay to unlock the encrypted files.
- These viruses can delete predetermined documents, multimedia objects or any other file that contains important information. They may also try to eliminate essential system components or important parts of other software.
- Ransomware threats can be used to steal log data, passwords, valuable personal documents, identity data or any other sensitive user information. This data is sent through second planes of the Internet connection to a remote server.
- When you are infected with a ransomware, you may notice system freezes that may render it useless. These threats can also degrade all system performance, slow down your speed, etc.
Ransomware and crypto-ransomware can quickly terminate active anti-virus, anti-spyware and any other security software, blocking your process and disabling essential system services.
- There is no possibility of uninstalling a ransomware. These viruses try to hide in their own processes, files, and other objects in order to complicate their elimination.
The most typical ransomware parasites are very dangerous. Although they do not normally self-replicate, these threats can generate many problems on your computer. They can make you visit inaccessible information, steal valuable data and destroy the entire system. It is highly recommended NOT to pay what is asked, as this will not help to eliminate the parasite or restore the affected data.
Unlock your computer and remove ransomware
In case you become infected with a ransomware, it is not advisable to make any payment. There are many people who have lost their money this way. Do not trust any message that says you are dealing with government authorities, as it is not true. Usually, these statements are simply shown to scare the victims and to pay. Fortunately, most antivirus and antispyware software can easily find ransomware files on the system and delete each one. The most powerful anti-spyware solutions can be found in each description of the ransomware virus and in the “Software” section.
If your system is locked and you can not run your anti-spyware to remove your ransomware, try these options:
- Restart your computer in Safe Mode and repeat the installation of anti-malware
- Restart your computer in Safe Mode with system symbols and then install the anti-malware program
- Restore your system settings
- Disable the affected browser