What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that when executed it encrypts the victim's data on the infected machine. When the data is encrypted, it then asks for ransom in exchange for them being able to decrypt it.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware spreads through infected websites, through email attachments, downloading free software from untrusted sources, clicking on links in social media messages, or by simply visiting an infected website. The ransomware virus will then be downloaded onto the machine and activate the encryption process. The ransomware is typically hidden within an innocuous file such as a PDF document.
How Does Penta Ransomware Work?
Penta Ransomware works by first sending a warning message to the victim stating the type of files it has encrypted, as well as offer a file called "decrypt all" to remove the virus without paying for it. This allows victims to decrypt one file free of charge before they are asked to pay up with Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency.
The ransomware will also lock the victim out of their computer and demand payment. This prevents the victim from accessing any files, whether it is decrypted or not. The payment is usually demanded within 24 hours, otherwise, the user will lose their files for good. After the ransom has been paid, victims are given a unique key to unlock their encrypted data.
How to Remove Penta Ransomware
One of the main reasons for this is because it will make it more difficult for the ransomware to encrypt your files and execute your computer without any interruption. The first step in removing Penta ransomware is to disconnect from the internet.
The next step would be to scan your machine with an anti-malware program. If you do not have one, then we recommend downloading and installing one that has detection methods built into its database. You can also download a free trial version of known licensed security software from a trusted vendor's website. After running the scan, remove all detected threats including those not found by default on Windows Defender. Finally, restart your computer and reconnect to the internet.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
The best way to protect a computer from a ransomware virus is by making sure that your computer is always updated. This includes updates for programs, Windows, and antivirus software. It is also important to make sure that you have up-to-date backups of all your data on an external hard drive or cloud service. This way, if ransomware does attack your computer and encrypts it, you will be able to restore all of your files from the backup instead of paying the ransom.
Another great tip for protecting yourself from ransomware is by only downloading software from trustworthy websites. We also recommend not opening any links in emails unless they come directly from known and trusted sources such as our website and your email provider.
Finally, if you do find your computer infected with malware such as ransomware, then we suggest that you disconnect from the internet and do not turn it back on until you have scanned and removed the threat with a security program.