What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that can be used to hold a computer for ransom, or destroy it altogether. A ransomware attack can occur when the attacker encrypts files on the affected computer and demands payment in exchange for decrypting them. The attack is usually carried out by tricking the victim into visiting a malicious website in order to infect their computer.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware is distributed via many different methods, but most commonly through spam email attachments or peer-to-peer sharing of malicious files. Once installed on your computer, it will begin encrypting your files and request payment of bitcoin (or other cryptocurrencies) in exchange for the decryption key to unlock those files. The decryption key can be purchased online from some websites, but it's possible that you won't get what you pay for as there are several variations of ransomware which may target certain organizations more than others.
How Does Node.js Ransomware Work?
Node.js ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts your files on your computer and demands payment of bitcoins in return. Node.js ransomware operates via tricking you into visiting a malicious website, which will then infect your computer with Node.js ransomware and encrypt all of the files on it while additionally installing a file manager where you're able to view the files which have been encrypted by Node.JS Ransomware
Once the malware is installed on your computer, it will then encrypt your files with an AES-256 key using the AES encryption algorithm. This technique was chosen as it uses a combination of 2 448 bit keys in order to generate a key that is 256 bits in length. The malware creators then use a RSA 256 symmetric key to encrypt this key and then finally use its private key to decrypt all of the files that are encrypted by node.js ransomware.
How to Remove Node.js Ransomware
The first thing you can do to remove Node.js ransomware is to delete all of the files associated with it to eliminate the risk of it re-infecting your computer. You can also install antivirus software, and run a file checker to see if any malicious files have been added on your system.
Windows users who are infected with Node.js should not pay the ransom as it is unlikely that the infected files will be decrypted after paying the ransom. Instead, you should use a security program to remove Node.js ransomware and then back up your files in case something like this happens again in the future.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
One of the best ways to protect your computer is by backing up your files regularly. You can back up your files by saving them to an external hard drive, USB flash drive, or the cloud. You might also want to backup some data on a separate machine so that if you ever need it again, it will be available.
Another thing you can do is disable your Autorun feature which will prevent any executable software from running when you plug in a disc or USB stick into the drive or connect it via Wi-Fi. You should also avoid downloading software from untrusted sources, and be cautious when opening attachments in emails.