What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents users from using their personal systems and data. The effects are usually caused by pop-ups on the screen warning the victim to pay a ransom in order for them to be able to gain access again. Victims of ransomware typically lose their computer systems and devices as well as any personal information stored on them.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Most of the time ransomware is spread through social engineering. This usually starts with a pop-up on your screen. The pop-ups are designed to look like the FBI or similar government organization wanting to have access to your computer because you have been caught doing something bad online. It might also be masquerading as a virus scan, fake system notice, or anything else that might convince you that paying them money will fix it for you.
The other way ransomware can get into your computer is via downloading it from the internet, much like any other malware. If someone sends you a link in an email or text message and they're not someone that you know then chances are they are trying to infect your computer with ransomware by clicking on the link.
Once ransomware has infected your computer it will encrypt your data and place a message on your screen informing you that the files on your computer have been encrypted and you now have to pay them money in order to get the decryption key to unlock them again.
How Does Aes64 Ransomware Work?
Aes64 Ransomware is a ransomware variant that, when it infects a system, encrypts a host of data files and then locks them with a password. A ransom note is then displayed on the desktop screen informing the user that he or she need to pay a ransom in order get his or her files unlocked again. Aes64 Ransomware will not stop spreading until a ransom of $1,500 has been paid from the victim's Bitcoin account.
Aes64 Ransomware will drop a copy of itself to any directory on a drive when its executed with administrative privileges - even within event logs directories and encrypted data directories to make it difficult for users to determine whether Aes64 Ransomware has already infected their computer. This is particularly alarming because it puts a strain on systems processes and denies them access to files that are required for the system to run optimally.
How to Remove Aes64 Ransomware
Aes64 Ransomware can be removed with a strong anti-malware software. The steps to remove Aes64 Ransomware will depend on which variant it is but the software will need to scan your system for the specific variant and find it. If you have Windows 10, you can use the Microsoft Defender - if you do not have Windows 10 then try an antivirus software or a malware removal tool.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
There are a few things that you can do in order to protect yourself from a ransomware attack. The first thing is to make sure that your anti-malware software is up-to-date and also make sure that your computer's operating system and all the programs are up to date as well. You can also install firewalls on your device, turn off any unnecessary features on your devices, be wary of any attachments or links from unknown sources, and never download anything you aren't completely sure about.
Ransomware has been prevalent for some time now and it doesn't seem like it will go away anytime soon. It's important to protect yourself against these attacks by investing in strong security supplements like antivirus software or malware removal tools.