What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that forces the affected computer to display a message and/or report that it has been locked and is unable to function properly until a ransom (usually in the form of bitcoins) has been paid.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware can spread in a variety of ways, it is commonly spread through email attachments. In an office environment, ransomware can be spread by clicking on unsafe links shared via Word documents or PDF reports.
It spreads through the internet when one infected machine transmits to another compromised machine. If your computer becomes infected with ransomware you'll probably see pop-ups trying to scare you into paying for "help" or offering fake solutions for getting rid of the infection.
How Does Karma Group Ransomware Work?
Karma Group Ransomware is no different than other ransomware. It consists of a Trojan horse that comes in the form of a file. Once downloaded, the ransomware will encrypt any personal files on the infected computer and demand a ransom for them to be decrypted again. The ransom that is demanded usually consists in bitcoins. This ransomware may also include information from its victims in requests for payment, such as photos and other personal information.
How to Remove Karma Group Ransomware
The first step in removing Karma Group Ransomware is to thoroughly scan your computer for it. Once you have found the ransomware, it's best to eliminate any traces of it, because if you leave anything left behind, the same ransomware may be able to return in future.
The second step is taking your computer back to its previous state before the ransomware was installed on it. One way that this can be done is by restoring your system files and settings from a backup that you created prior to the ransomware arriving. Another option would be downloading a tool like Microsoft's "Windows Defender" program or Hitman Pro and using their features of scanning and deleting threats such as this one.
If this is not possible, another option is to check the web for a decryptor for Karma Group Ransomware. This can be used to decrypt the files allowing you to access them again. If all else fails, you might need professional assistance from it security professionals or specialized software to regain access of your files.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
Here are some ways to safeguard your computer from ransomware:
- Install an antivirus program and update it regularly. When you install the antivirus software, make sure you enable real-time protection so that it can stop malware before it installs on your computer.
- Use caution when opening email attachments and clicking on links in SMS messages. If a message seems suspicious, contact the sender directly for clarification before opening any attachments or clicking on any links. Remember to be wary of all emails promising deals or money, as these may contain ransomware attachments that install the malware onto your system.
- If you notice your computer acting slow, it may very well be infected with malware. Taking a full system reboot should resolve this issue.
- Another way to protect your computer against ransomware is to create a bootable USB drive that can be used when such an attack occurs.