What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a user's files and/or computer system, either by locking the system as a whole or by encrypting specific files.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware is usually installed by means of a Trojan horse program. After it's been running on the system for a certain length of time, it will shut down the system and begin blocking access to all data. It will then prompt the user to pay money in order to have access their files again.
How Does Poliex Ransomware Work?
Poliex Ransomware works in a way that can be broken down into the following two steps:
1. Poliex Ransomware is downloaded onto the system and runs from within it's own directory. Poliex Ransomware then begins to block access to all data and starts to notify in real time what files are encrypted.
2. Poliex ransomware will prompt the user at an specific time to pay money in order to regain their access back again, however poliex ransomware does not overwrite any data unless they are paid for it within a certain time frame (ranging from 3 hours-7 days).
How to Remove Poliex Ransomware
Poliex Ransomware can be removed by following the steps below:
1. Poliex Ransomware can be removed manually by un-installing it from your system, while looking for any persistent files and deleting them as well. In order to remove poliex ransomware, you would go to your Window's Control Panel and uninstall the program within the Programs tab. However, please note that before you do this, you should have a ransomware removal tool ready for afterwards just in case poliex ransomware is not fully uninstalled after following these steps.
2. Poliex Ransomware can also be removed automatically by downloading a antimalware or antivirus software (which should work based off of heuristics and behavior profiling) that has the ability to detect Poliex Ransomware and remove it automatically.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
Some tips on how to protect your computer from malware and ransomware are:
1. Regularly update your antivirus protection software so that it will recognize any new types of malware or ransomware being released.
2. Download only applications or software from the root directory of a website (ex: https://www.website). Always be wary when downloading anything off of a suspicious download site, as you can get a virus, spyware, or malware through these downloads if they were not checked by the website owner before being posted on their site.
3. Never open any suspicious attachments or click on links provided in emails from people you do not recognize.
4. Always backup your files to another hard drive, cloud storage, or an online file storage service so that if a virus were to infect your computer, you would still be able to access your files and prevent them from being encrypted by ransomware such as poliex ransomware.
5. Regularly change your passwords for every site that you have an account for because if one of those sites is hacked, the hackers can use your information on other accounts throughout the internet to maliciously cause harm to other users.