What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software, generally classified as a Trojan or spyware, that infiltrates the computer and forces the user to pay money to access their files. If you fall victim, your files will be inaccessible, and you may very well be out hundreds of dollars.
You may not know what ransomware does when it first enters your system. Still, after a few hours or days (or sometimes even minutes), your computer will become sluggish and unresponsive until you finally understand that something has happened to it.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware can spread in several ways. It's often delivered through emails that appear to be from popular, legitimate brands or organizations. Attached to these emails are malicious attachments that can infect your computer and start the process of encrypting your files and data until you pay the ransom. You may also be tricked into visiting a site with an infected advertisement, download a fake update for your operating system, or receive software updates attached to phishing emails.
Sometimes ransomware spreads through social engineering techniques such as email scams, including 'phishing' and 'smishing.' Phishing is where you receive an email out of the blue from someone claiming to represent a company asking for personal information such as passwords, card numbers, and log-in details for your online accounts.
How Does Razor Squad Ransomware Work?
Razor Squad Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infiltrates the computer and forces the user to pay money to access their files. If you fall victim, your files will be inaccessible, and you may very well be out hundreds of dollars.
Razor Squad Ransomware hijacks computer screens with a pop-up message informing users that they have been infected with all their data being encrypted. The ransomware then blocks access to all the data on the computer by encrypting it also locks down all programs with a strong encryption algorithm not breakable with conventional means.
It’s highly destructive as its payload is executed without any prior notice once it has been installed. The files you have saved on the computer are encrypted with a strong algorithm that is not easily detected by your antivirus software. The application present on your system will ask for money to restore access to your encrypted data. However, cybercriminals are not after money, and they want to make sure they don’t get caught for what they are doing.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
There are a few methods that you can go about to protect your computer from future ransomware threats. One of the first things that you should do is to install up-to-date antivirus software on your system. There are also steps that you can take to make sure your computer is kept safe by making sure of the following:
Not visiting any unsolicited pages or opening files sent to it by an unknown source.
Keeping all software up-to-date and avoiding downloading executable files without authorization.
Installing protection tools like firewalls, spyware removal tools, and data backup solutions on any new or recently purchased system before installation of software or programs that may be capable of harming your computer.
Not allowing unknown programs to install on the system or use programs that are not designed for use.