What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to an individual's computer system (and sometimes encrypts or locks it) and demands that they pay the perpetrator in order to get access back.
There are different variants of ransomware that each demand different amounts of money for decrypting files, one variant demanding as much as $1,000. The fees requested for decryption depend on the type of ransomware; those who use Bitcoin will charge significantly more than those who make transactions through markets such as Ransocia.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware is typically delivered through a malicious email or infected website. The ransomware may be disguised as an invoice, fax, shipment notice, or other documents that needs to be opened. Once the malware is executed, it locks down the computer system and makes the whole system unusable.
How Does Anonymoushacks Ransomware Work?
Anonymoushacks Ransomware works by encrypting all of the data on a computer system and demanding a ransom from the victim. The victim is required to pay for decryption in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Zcash. Once Anonymoushacks has received their payment, they will decrypt the files securely without revealing information about where they got the funds.
Anonymoushacks uses Tor to make its payment untraceable, so it's significantly harder for law enforcement to track down who sent them money.
How to Remove Anonymoushacks Ransomware
There are various ways in which someone can remove ransomware from their system. However, they will still lose all the information on the computer and it will be impossible for them to open or use it again.
Detecting and Removal:
The best way to detect ransomware is with an anti-malware program. It's not always possible to detect ransomware but in most instances, this is the first and most reliable method in detecting and removing any traces of malware that might exist on a computer system. The only other option would be if the user manually ran an anti-malware program or even took steps themselves by searching through their registry for any hidden files that might have been created by malicious software.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
Beyond using anti-malware software, there are a few other steps one could take in order to protect their computer and avoid ransomware. First of all, make sure that your antivirus or anti-malware software is up-to-date and always running when you use the computer.
Second, don't open any attachments from an unknown sender-- even if it looks like it might be from someone you know well. Once an attachment is opened, the malware can run and immediately start encrypting files on your machine without you even realizing it. It's also important to avoid visiting suspicious or shady websites because they often contain malicious code which will infect your computer system with ransomware.