What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malicious software that infects a computer system and restricts access until a sum of money is paid (usually in bitcoins) by the owner.
The ransomware takes control over the infected machine, encrypts files with an encryption key, and displays messages that tell the user to pay ransom to get access to their files. It also prevents any other party from accessing the machine.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware spreads in many ways, including:
- Email attachments - Ransomware is typically transmitted as an attachment to emails. The email might come from a company you trust that has had their email account hacked, or the ransomware author might send out phishing emails with malicious attachments, posing as a legitimate document or pictures of something.
- Downloaded file - A user can accidentally download ransomware while opening a seemingly harmless downloaded file from an unknown web address or downloading software from the Web without sufficient anti-virus protection.
- Malicious links - To get someone to click on a malicious link, attackers can send messages with links in it or find other creative ways to trick people into clicking on them (through email, social media, search results page, or another web page).
- Exploits - Attackers can use software weaknesses (what we call "exploits") to run malware on a system without the user's knowledge.
- Malvertising - This is done by placing an ad that will unexpectedly redirect users to sites that host malware, infecting their computer once it is opened.
- Drive-by downloads - This attack works when a user visits a website or opens an email attachment and gets infected with malware without even clicking anything on the page or email. It works because of vulnerabilities in software or plugins installed in browsers and other programs on internet-connected devices
How Does Biggylocker Ransomware Work?
The Biggylocker ransomware is a threat that affects both Windows and Mac computers. It operates by changing the master boot record on the computer system to a key stored on the hard drive of the affected system. The volume shadowing technique then uses this key to encrypt larger parts of the hard drive, utilizing its AES-256 encryption algorithm.
The Biggylocker ransomware basically works like a program that will encrypt everything on your computer and not allow you to access your files until you pay them. As soon as the threat infiltrates your computer, it will encrypt all the files in your system and protects or even deletes boot records. This makes it impossible for you to gain access to your Operating System.
As soon as this happens, the users get a message from Biggylocker ransomware asking for payment for data decryption of $120 in Bitcoins within 24 hours after infection.
Your files are encrypted with a AES and RSA algorithm , it is unbreakable .
you can’t recover your files without our decryption service , the price is 120 USD in bitcoin
after the payment you must email us at : [mail] to prove us that you pay.
– do not use any decryption tools because those tools will just destroy your files, making recover impossible .
– do not rename your files.
How to Remove Biggylocker Ransomware
If you've become infected with the Biggylocker ransomware and want to remove it from your computer, we recommend you remove it from your system with the help of an anti-malware program.
Deleting all related files on the affected computer (such as .exe) will also work in some instances. You should also find out what caused the infection through analysis. You can do this by checking for updates to your operating system or anti-virus protection software.
Deploying security patches will also help stop future infections from happening. It's essential to have a good backup in place before starting this removal process, as it is difficult to recover all of your files if they are not backed up elsewhere.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
As ransomware attacks are more popular than ever, it is important to understand how to protect your computer from them. There are certain things that you can do to protect your PC from this type of malware, but prevention is better than the cure:
- Keep your system up-to-date by installing the latest security updates
- make sure you have a proper anti-virus program installed and running on your machine
- use caution when opening even emails as they might include malicious attachments or links
- maintain a backup of all important files to minimize risk and consequences should infection happen
- you should never open attachments, download files from strange web pages or people you don't know
- Avoid sharing files with other people and using file-sharing services, especially if they're not trustworthy
- use strong passwords and keep your devices secure by securing them with a strong password.