What is Ransomware
Ransomware can be a difficult word to understand because it combines so many different elements of malware. Simply put, ransomware is a type of malware which blocks access to your computer, in turn demanding a payment of money to regain access. However, the complexity lies with how ransomware infects your system - i.e. hidden in a Trojan horse, spam mail, adware, virus, or a worm. To learn more about these types of malware, check out this article What is Malware
Famous Ransomware Examples
Some of the "biggest" names.
Now that we have given you a brief overview of ransomware, we figured it would be a good idea to "put a name to a face", or in other words, provide some famous examples. The following is a list of the technical names of ransomware followed by its "common" name among the Internet.
- REVETON | Police Ransom | a.k.a. "FBI Virus"
- CRILOCK | CryptoLocker | a.k.a "Crypto Virus"
- CRYPTLOCK | TorrentLocker
- CRYPWALL | CryptoWall | a.k.a. "CryptoWall Virus"
- CRYPTCOIN | CoinVault
For me detail regarding each ransomware, its known fixes, and specific help for certain ransom wares, take a look at Trend Micro’s extremely in-depth article regarding each ransomware here.
Vigilant advice to protect against ransomware.
One last friendly reminder, we recommend to try to never pay the ransom if you can. The best prevention comes in the form of constant backing up of your system, scanning your computer for viruses and malware regularly, and being fully aware of all attachments you open, downloads, and websites visited. By ensuring you only open emails, download attachments, and use a USB stick with trusted files and sources, then the first step is taken towards legitimate prevention. However, we cannot say with 100% guarantee that there is one single-way to never be a victim of ransomware attacks. If you do happen to become a victim, be sure to act quickly due to the typical 72 hour ransom deadline. The usual outcome in today’s ransomware world is the ransom increases with certain time intervals until the time limit is reached and your system or files are permenatly locked or encrypted.
As always, ZenMate can provide a level of security from malicious adverts with our Web FireWall, or you can ensure that your privacy is protected online via our VPN Related Products. However, for ransomware specific threats and protection, please heed the above tips and stay vivant while surfing the Internet. Remember, knowledge is power, power is prevention, prevention is security.