What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malicious software that infects a computer system, encrypts its data and then provides a decryption key in exchange for payment. The ransomware threatens to make the encrypted data inaccessible forever unless the user pays a fee.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware often propagates as an attachment in a spam email, or the ransomware might be embedded in a link (for example, from a malicious software marketplace). If you open the attachment or follow the link, you could install ransomware on your computer. Web-based attacks such as drive-by downloads and man-in-the-browser use browser exploits to download ransomware onto your machine.
How Does Redeemer Ransomware Work?
Redeemer Ransomware is a ransomware variant that encrypts your files and holds them hostage in exchange for redeeming the decryption key. Redeemer's decryption service is provided for free. If you redeem the Redeemer ransomware, Redeemer deletes itself and releases all of your files.
Redeemer Ransomware spreads by exploiting vulnerabilities on computers, typically via social engineering tactics such as spam email attachments or links, drive-by downloads or man-in-the-browser attacks. The malicious software runs on Windows 10 and 8+, Linux, Mac OS X 10.6+, Solaris 11+, and FreeBSD 9+.
How to Remove Redeemer Ransomware
If you find yourself being targeted by ransomware, don't panic. There are some things you can do to remove the malware from your computer and protect your sensitive information and files in the future. As long as you're not hit with a zero-day or too-complex ransomware that local antivirus applications cannot detect, it's possible for even unskilled users to remove a ransomware infection without help from IT professionals.
First, back up any personal user data on your computer that is not saved to the cloud or accessed through other apps. Second, run a virus scan with an antimalware program to perform in-depth analysis of the ransomware's attack surface in order to identify all stages of infection possible. Third, use the antispyware program to delete all files that appear to be malicious. Fourth, restore files that the scanner was unable to detect with the tools offered by your operating system.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
In order to protect your computer from ransomware, you need to take some precautions. One way is not opening email attachments or clicking on unfamiliar links and files if they are from unknown senders. If an email attachment does not come from a sender you know, it’s best to delete the email and not worry about guessing the sender’s intent. It is also important to keep all software running on your computer up-to-date with the latest patches so that new vulnerabilities can be quickly fixed when discovered.
It is also possible for even unskilled users to remove ransomware if they have back-up copies of their data saved outside of their computer system and are able enough in identifying malicious files that exist on their system.