What is Ransomware?
Ransomware refers to a type of malware that exclusively targets and attacks computers, which once infected, encrypts all the files on the computer and demands a ransom in return. The intent is to force victims into paying the ransom to gain access to their personal files again.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware primarily spreads through phishing emails which are disguised as official-looking notifications and are sent to contacts within your email. Some ransomware threats may also come from malicious links or attachments in sites that you visit.
Once ransomware is on the computer, it then encrypts the files to ensure they cannot be accessed by the infected user without paying a ransom. The files may also be deleted if encryption is not completed within a specified time frame.
How to Remove Jrb Ransomware
A ransomware infection can be removed by using a good anti-malware software program. There are many types of ransomware, and some are much more difficult to remove than others. You may need to contact a reputable computer technician for assistance with these types of ransomware infections if the instructions below do not work for you.
1) Reboot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt: If your default operating system loads after you reboot in safe mode, then you have succeeded in loading it safely. If not, restart the computer again until your default operating system loads up with the minimal programs running to ensure security (such as antivirus and Windows Defender or another preferred antivirus).
2) Scan the Computer: Launch your preferred anti-malware program and run a scan of the computer. If you have more than one antimalware program installed, run a complete scan of all of them. You will not be able to remove the malware completely if you don't thoroughly scan the computer.
3) Cleanup, Erase, and Uninstall: After your antivirus program has completed its scan or after you have done a majority of your scanning with all available programs combined, then start removing any malware that may be found on your computer.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
1) Make sure to download and install antivirus software. Antivirus software will not only help protect your computer from malware, but it will also stop you from downloading ransomware onto your device.
2) Download some form of antispyware on your computer. Spyware can act as a Trojan horse, allowing hackers to steal your most private information including passwords and banking details which could result in identity theft or fraud.
3) Prevent social engineering attacks by following cybersecurity best practices- avoid phishing emails, don't open PDF attachments, and stay off of unsecured wi-fi hotspots at all costs.
4) If you do suspect that you have Ransomeware on your device then do not turn off your computer. This will not make the infection go away. Instead, contact a professional computer technician who can assist you in disinfecting your device and recovering any vital files affected by the malware.
5) Back up all of the files on your computer to an external hard drive or cloud storage (like Google Drive or Dropbox). This will ensure that if you are infected you can recover immediately after it is all over.
6) Ensure that you keep up-to-date antivirus and malware software on every device connected to your home network, including phones, laptops, and smart TVs. Ransomware can easily spread through home networks by targeting an internet-connected device within range of a WiFi network or Bluetooth connection.