What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware (malicious software) that encrypts files on your computer, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. They often do this by saying they will delete the encrypted files. If you don't pay, they double the amount of encrypted data and refuse to lower it until you do so.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware often spreads via emails with malicious attachments. Some ransomware also sends spam texts to your phone.
They also spread by installing themselves on other people's computers through a network drive or USB stick, infected websites, and some use social engineering tricks to trick you into installing it on your computer.
It can also spread through infections on your computer - if someone else has malware on their computer and infects yours, this could happen too.
How Does Neer Ransomware Work?
Neer Ransomware doesn't just encrypt files on your computer - it also carries out other malicious activities. Neer Ransomware is a new type of ransomware that was discovered by Neer Data Security, a security firm in Taiwan. Neer Ransomware usually targets data on the PC’s hard disk and encrypts them with strong encryption algorithms. Neer Ransomware then demands ransoms to be paid in cryptocurrency to decrypt the data on the affected machine
Neer Data Security first found Neer Ransomware while conducting an investigation into suspicious emails sent by hackers, after receiving reports from customers claiming their computers were infected with malware. The security firm then found evidence of Neer Ransomware by identifying infected email attachments to emails sent to themselves. Neer Data Security used several ways to test the emails and attachments for malicious activities.
After studying the Neer Ransomware, the security firm found that it attempts to steal user data by extracting important information from Word documents, such as email addresses, company names, IP addresses and domain names. The malware then creates a plaintext file with the acquired information in a folder with an encrypted file extension on the C:\ drive of infected PCs. Neer Ransomware also created a text file called “! README !” in every directory that contains encrypted files. This text file is actually a set of instructions for affected users to pay ransom money and recover files from their PCs.
How to Remove Neer Ransomware
Neer Ransomware is not a new ransomware threat. In fact, it’s pretty old. And, if you’ve come across Neer Ransomware, you should be able to remove it in just a few steps.
1) Update your antivirus software and scan the PC for malware or malicious programs;
2) Run your antivirus software again and repeat the scanning process until no more threats are detected;
3) If no antivirus program is capable of removing Neer Ransomware from the PC, download a program designed for malware/ransomware in particular to help with a quick removal of any remaining threats;
4) Restore encrypted files with backup copies by following instructions on how to use file recovery programs
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
1) Use a firewall- Ransomware mostly gets in through computers through email, which is why firewalls are recommended.
2) Turn off all sharing options- This will stop other people on your network from being able to pull down your files.
3) Update software regularly- This will keep malicious programs away from you computer and away from getting into it.
4) Backup important data -Do this for anything that has sentimental value to you or just something that has a lot of work put into it.