Ransomware encrypts all the files on your device so that you can’t access them without a decryption key. It can also lock your device completely. Criminals then demand a ransom fee of typically $300 to $500 in Bitcoin per device in exchange for the ransomware decryption key.
Computer viruses, what different ransomware types are, have to be downloaded manually by accident or automatically by another malware. Ransomware can be downloaded from email attachments, compromised or malicious websites and ads, or unsafe Wi‑Fi networks. Other malware can also download ransomware without you knowing.
Yes. Mobile ransomware exists for both iOS and Android devices. What’s worse, it’s a growing threat because of the huge amount of people using smart devices.
Ransomware removal can be tricky and sometimes even impossible after it’s on your device. That’s why ransomware protection starts with trustworthy antivirus software that prevents ransomware from infecting your device. You can also prepare by taking regular backups so if you get attacked, you can restore from backups.
Paying the ransom doesn’t guarantee that you will get your files back. You can check if there is a decryption tool for the ransomware you’ve been attacked with. You can check from help forums like Bleeping Computer for help with many different types of ransomware.
Ransomware removal is harder than ransomware prevention. F‑Secure SAFE is an award-winning antivirus software for all devices. It doesn’t only protect your devices from ransomware attacks and viruses, it also includes banking and browsing protection functions to keep your money safe. You can try it for free, with no credit card required.