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What is Ransomware?

Definition – What does Ransomware mean?

Ransomware is a malware program type that prevents you from using your PC or accessing certain files unless you pay a ransom. The ransomware attacks infect a computer with the intention of extorting money from its owner. It often encrypts files so that it can’t be opened. The term Ransomware may also refer to as a crypto-Trojan, crypto-virus or crypto-worm.

Glossary Web explains Ransomware

Ransomware is often distributed as a malware that is disguised as a legitimate file. Once it installed on your computer, it may lock your computer and display a lock screen with the message you must pay a ransom in order to regain use of your computer. Mostly this is a fake message purporting to be from the government institution like FBI. It may also be an obvious ransom message that saying your documents are being held for ransom and you can pay to access them again.

Sometime, Ransomware may also enable you to use your computer but will stop you from opening files. When you try to open a file encrypted by the ransomware, you can see a message stating your records are being held for ransom, and you can pay a fee in order regain access to them.

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