What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that holds access to a victim's data hostage until someone pays the ransom. The hacker gains unauthorized access and encrypts the victim's computer files with a strong cipher. The hacker then demands payment from the victim in order to decrypt their files again.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that can be spread in a variety of ways. Some of these ways include phishing, trojan attacks, exploit kits and worms. The most popular method in which ransomware is spread is through phishing scams like the one depicted in the image above.
The scam starts with a spam email typically sent by an individual or company to their customers, employees or clients for various reasons such as account renewals and transfers. In this email there are links to an unknown website that surreptitiously install malware on the recipient's computer that allows access to their computer files in order to launch ransomware onto it.
The Hinduism malware is a ransomware-type Trojan that encrypts a victim's computer and then extorts money in order to renew access to the data. The malware demands a ransom in bitcoin from users to regain access to their files.
How to Remove Hinduism Ransomware
Hinduism Ransomware is undetectable by most antivirus programs. The best chance to remove the ransomware is to restore your files from a backup.
If you have not made a backup of your data, scan your system with an antivirus or anti-malware program to eradicate any other malicious software that might be on it, then make a backup of all important files in order to prevent them from getting damaged again and repeat the process until there is no more malware found.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
Ransomware can sneak into your computer in a variety of ways. One of these is by clicking on a link in an unknown email or other messages. However, other methods are also quite common, including USB or network drives.
Protecting yourself from ransomware depends on the level of risk you are willing to accept with your files. Some methods involve installing antivirus software on any device that has an internet connection, such as laptops and phones. This will protect your devices against many types of malware. Other more intensive protection measures that you can take include encrypting all stored data so it's not readable by anyone else but yourself as well as deleting any downloaded attachments from unknown senders before opening them and never downloading any unauthorized applications for third-party software.
As you can see, ransomware is on the rise and has already cost countless victims millions of dollars. Even more frightening is the fact that many people don't know how to protect themselves from this malicious software. Luckily it's not too difficult and with a little bit of knowledge, you can prevent your computer from being infected in the first place. While it may seem like an inconvenience at first, it's really worth it in order to save yourself from serious financial trouble down the road.