What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious computer software that blocks access to a device, such as a PC or a smartphone, by encrypting the hard drive and demanding a ransom for providing an unlock key."
For example, on 27 April 2013, security researchers discovered that their computers would freeze when they infected their own computers with malware while using Microsoft Word 2010 running on Microsoft Windows 7. However, if they had previously installed malware on the same PC from another source (e.g., via email attachments), it would show a message stating "You have been compromised!" and instructions to pay Bitcoins to regain access and avoid prosecution of charges against them. This is known as ransomware - an act in which the malware author takes control of a user's computer or device and demands a ransom for its release. Attackers typically use ransomware to extort money from individuals and companies alike.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware can spread in two ways. The first is by attackers using ransomware to infect and infect computers with malware. In this way, the attacker gains access to the computer and spreads malware before demanding ransom for its release. The second way that ransomware spreads are when it takes advantage of vulnerability or security flaw in an application - for example, a software update that logs in all users without changing their passwords which may be vulnerable to exploits like hacking tools - as once activated by hackers, they spread ransomware even if they did not use malware initially.
How Does Haron Ransomware Work?
Haron ransomware has the capability to encrypt all files on the target device's storage. Unlike many other ransomware strains, Haron does not rely on any local or remote servers to carry out its business because it does not require a connection with a file server to function. It works by first storing encrypted versions of all files stored on the device on an array of unique locations, which are then deleted within six hours after being encrypted. The encryption process begins once Haron is loaded onto a device that has been infected by loading Ransomware into memory and runs it at boot-time CPU - at this point, Haron will search for data files based on organized patterns in these saved locations and encrypt them with AES-256 encryption algorithm - the encryption is done to ensure that victims cannot decrypt the files.
Once all files have been encrypted, Haron will first display a ransom note which displays a list of recovered files and requests their payment before victims can decrypt them. This ransom note is displayed as a pop-up window if the user does not pay the ransom within 48 hours - with instructions on how to pay via Bitcoin to regain access to their device. During this time, users are encouraged to restore their backup copies (i.e., files that they can restore from external storage devices - and which can be saved to the computer's virtual memory) to recover their files - a process that costs $300. Although it is not entirely clear, it appears that Haron can only encrypt files on the device, not those on an external device.
How to Remove Haron Ransomware
To remove Haron Ransomware, you should first backup your data to an external storage device. This can be done by connecting the infected device with an external storage device. Once this is completed, you will need to use a regular anti-malware tool to remove Haron ransomware from the computer. After this point, you will restore your backed-up files and other system settings that the virus overwrote.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
This is a difficult question to answer as there are many ways to protect your computer from such threats. The most important thing is to follow common-sense practices, such as always keep your operating system and antivirus application up-to-date.
You should also avoid opening emails from unknown sources and refrain from installing software that you don't know about, or at least try it out on a test computer before installing it onto the device you use the most often. You should be careful what websites you visit while browsing on the web and ensure that all of them have secured connections when using public Wi-Fi networks (i.e., HTTPS).
Avoid downloading software from websites that you know nothing about. Don't download something that sounds too good to be true - think for yourself, and be aware of what you're downloading.