Don’t Let Your PC Get Held For Ransom

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“Ransom” may elicit a vision of ships, pirates, and hostages. And while ransoms do take place in dangerous parts of the world, certain forms of ransoms are a lot closer to home. We’re talking about ransomware, malware that holds your computer for ransom and demands some amount of money, to be paid to “unlock” it.

How Ransomware Works
There are two primary types of ransomware: Lock screen ransomware and encryption ransomware. Lock screen ransomware displays a full screen image or webpage on your monitor, while encryption ransomware encrypts all the data on your computer. Both forms of ransomware deny access to the data on your computer and may leave you to feel helpless enough to pay the ransom amount. However, unlike the pirates, paying this ransom does not guarantee the criminals will release your computer.

So, how does a computer gets infected with ransomware? Ransomware, like most other malware, can come from drive-by-download, such as opening a malicious email attachment, clicking on a deceptive pop-up, or simply by visiting a compromised website. It can also come from exploiting vulnerabilities in web browsers, operating systems, and commonly-used software and programs such as Adobe Reader and Java.

Fake FBI Ransomware
(Example of the Fake FBI Ransomware)

How to Combat Ransomware
Protecting your computer from ransomware involves the same measures you would take to protect your computer from any other malware. Here are a few precautionary steps to fend off not only ransomware but malware in general.

• Make sure your computer has a two-way firewall and antivirus at minimum, and that these protections are up-to-date and active.
• Keep your operating system, web browsers, and other software up-to-date.
• Don’t click on random links or download random files from peer-to-peer networks, spam email messages, or suspicious websites.
• Beware of fake download pages, such as ones masquerading as an Adobe Flash Player update page. If you need to update your software, go directly to the official site.
• Regularly back up your computer to an external hard drive or cloud storage

9 thoughts on “Don’t Let Your PC Get Held For Ransom

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  2. I once had one of these page blockers, I was searching for snoop doggy dog, and a porn site came up, and then a lock page, I had to format my PC, so they got nothing from me, but it was a little scarey what it said as stated west Yorkshire police, but they would not block a page they would monitor it, and this was asking for a payment to unlock it, as it happened I was getting ready to change my hard drive to a bigger one, and had backed up all the stuff I needed, these Pirates are just arseholes.

  3. THIS CAME IN TO MY OLD COMPUTER AND SAYS i HAVE BEEN ON CHILD PORN SITES, BUT KNOW THAT I HAVE NOT DONE THIS. WHAT CAN ONE DO ABOUT UNBLOCKING BESIDES PAYING, WHICH I WONT?

    • Never pay anything. Are you running an antivirus and firewall? If so make sure they are up-to-date and running. The point here is to make sure you take preemptive measures to make sure your PC doesn’t get compromised by malware. Some of these ransomware are nasty and can prevent security from being installed. At this point, you should take your PC to a professional to have it removed.

  4. I tried downloading the pages “Are You Being Watched Through Your Webcam” but when I came to the box on page 4 I didn’t understand the word’s “Allow Remote Assistance corrections to this computer” or Don’t allow connections to the computer” Please could you let me know, what I have not done correctly?

    Harold

    • To disable remote access for Windows, make sure “allow remote assistance connections to this computer”, is unchecked. Make sure “Don’t allow connections to this computer” is selected.

  5. I am unable to get Zone Alarm to get rid of or Quarintrine items detected in a scan. If no help from Zone Alarm, going to Boot ZA off my vista computer!

  6. I’ve been the victom of that ransome ware, and FoxFire, and other broswers are partially to blame, as they have execute before leaving page enabled and no way to turn it off. The only way out of such programs is to disconnect the computer from the internet, disable java, and start removing and scanning for the bug. Also it helps to put intentional misdirects in your net config files, and run one of the many variants of linux. Linux can’t be infected by any of the multude of windows viruses. However that still leaves the problems with Foxfire internet explorerer and other browsers. Opera does not get infected, and there are others.

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