The word ransomware has been around since the introduction of computers and still holds a presence now. Ransomware is profitable for the individuals executing the action by requiring infected individuals to pay a price, a ransom typically through cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, in order to remove the software. Malware is not as profitable and a clear line doesn’t exist between expansion and profitability.

Many people end up getting viruses, malware, and ransomware on a daily basis and aren’t even aware of it. Some are less harmful and changes your search page or picks up your hobbies, habits, and interests to create targeted advertising, while others seek to steal passwords and personal account information. Performance issues typically occur because these programs continuously run in the background to constantly obtain new information.

You’ll definitely know ransomware if you see it. You’ll typically be asked to make a Bitcoin payment to a random address. Options might not always exist to avoid paying the fee to get your information back or rely on a fix to get around the infection. An anti-virus program is not effective on its own to combat ransomware attacks because they aren’t created the same way that viruses are. Protect yourself and prevent getting into this situation and needing to seek computer repair services by :

  • Verifying the links you click in emails, especially anything that appears out-of-the-ordinary
  • Never download attachments from people you don’t recognize and question odd filenames or unexpected emails since their address could have been compromised
  • Check, double check, and triple check the address from the e-mails you receive. Cybercriminals make their emails look similar to the actual company and will even use official logos, signatures, and professionalism to entice you to download the attachment or click a suspicious link

Some attacks even make it appear as if the police or FBI have been watching your activities and that if you don’t do as asked and pay a fee you’ll be in trouble. Some of these scams are very legitimate looking but always question their authenticity. Even the most tech-savvy individuals can fall into these traps and end up dealing with pesky software on their computers that is more than just a hassle. It can be a complete disaster if the right files are affected and you can’t find a fix to recover them due to a ransomware infection.