What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that infects an individual's computer by encrypting all data on the computer and demanding a ransom for the encryption to be unencrypted.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware spreads through phishing attacks like spam emails and fake websites, which use social engineering tactics to deceive users into clicking on malicious links or taking some other action that leads to infection. Malware will automatically download onto their device as soon as a user clicks on one of these links.
After the malicious code is in place, it will begin encrypting files on the infected device until payment is made to have them decrypted again. The amount of time given for payment can vary depending upon how much money has been charged by the attacker.
How Does Dems Ransomware Work?
Dems Ransomware infects victims' computers through social engineering tactics, and an exploit in the phishing scam that often gets downloaded on a device browsing online. They then begin to encrypt all files on the victim's computer. After all of their personal data has been encrypted, they are given an option of paying a certain amount of money to have their sensitive files decrypted again. The attacker will then demand payment, usually in the form of cryptocurrency. After all of the files have been decrypted, the malware will then self-delete itself from the computer.
How to Remove Dems Ransomware
Dems Ransomware can be removed manually by following one of these steps:
- As an immediate solution, you may also try to remove the malware from your device by restarting your computer in "safe mode" and then running a malware scan. This will only work if the ransomware has not been installed on startup. If it has been, you will have to uninstall after restarting in safe mode.
- As a long-term fix, you should reset or reinstall your operating system and any removed or corrupted programs during the ransomware attack. Alternatively, you could install a different operating system altogether. Generally speaking, it is recommended that Windows users install antivirus software before reinstalling their operating systems or programs.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from Ransomware and other types of malware:
- Install and maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
- Create a unique, complex password for your online accounts. One way to do this is by using a random sequence of letters, numbers, symbols, and punctuation marks.
- Turn on two-step authentication for your online accounts. This ensures that the hacker would need access to your username and the second piece of information to access their account remotely (usually, with phishing emails).