Imagine losing access to all of your critical data out of blue then you are being forced by criminals who demand payment in order to retrieve. This is a new malware known as Ransomware.

Ransomware silently encrypts your files, before demanding payment for their return – often with a time limit.

It targets your most valuable files, like photos, videos, and documents, it can also lock down system files, your web browser, applications, and entire operating system unusable.

How did it get into my computer?

It is spread via malicious email links and attachments – often concealed by changing the file extension and compressing the malicious code into a zip file. Opening the file infects your system.

Ransomware can also be bundled into other applications, such as games, video players, etc. So any application from an unknown or untrusted publisher is a potential risk upon installation.

Once on your system, ransomware works in the background, connecting to a remote server to encrypt single files, whole directories of files, or complete drives.

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