What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malicious software that can encrypt all the information on the computer's hard drive and then demands a ransom for its release.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
A victim could download the ransomware onto their computer by, e.g., downloading a file that was bundled with other malicious software, clicking on a compromised link in an email or on social media, or opening an attachment that contains the malware.
How Does Efdc Ransomware Work?
Efdc Ransomware uses highly sophisticated encryption techniques, making it nearly impossible to decrypt the data without the key. Once it is installed on your computer, Efdc Ransomware will encrypt all your data using AES-256. When you try to use a program that tries to access any of the encrypted files, Efdc Ransomware will display a ransom note demanding payment to recover your files
If you try to close the Efdc Ransomware screen or restart your computer, it will also encrypt your computer's boot sector and start-up files, which essentially makes your entire hard drive unusable. Efdc Ransomware asks for a choice of cryptocurrency, which can be paid via anonymous methods such as Bitcoin or Monero. It then demands a ransom in exchange for decryption keys and instructions on how to purchase the cryptocurrency.
How to Remove Efdc Ransomware
Efdc ransomware is hard to remove, but there are ways to help you get your data back.
Reboot the infected computer in Safe Mode with Networking: If you can boot in safe mode, this allows Windows to load without the Efdc Ransomware process running. When you exit Windows in Safe Mode, it should prompt "Press any key to reboot (or select an option)." Select an option. This will not remove Efdc ransomware from your computer, but it does stop it from running while Windows is loading. If your computer does not boot into safe mode, then proceed to step 2.
Remove Efdc Ransomware using Task Manager: When you exit Windows in Safe Mode, it should prompt "Press any key to reboot (or select an option)." Select an option. This will not remove efdc ransomware from your computer, but it does stop it from running while Windows is loading. If your computer does not boot into safe mode, then proceed to step 2.
Run a system scan using a reputable anti-virus program: This type of malware is hard for anti-virus programs to catch, so updating your anti-virus software and scanning for malware will be the most effective immediate step you can take to remove this threat from your computer.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
A computer can be protected from ransomware by:
- Keeping your patches up-to-date.
- Keeping your operating system up-to-date.
- Installing and updating anti-virus software such as Windows Defender (built into Windows 10).
- Keep your computer's firewall turned on at all times.
- Using caution when opening email attachments, clicking on links, downloading software, or visiting websites.
- Using good password habits.
- Installing software updates to plug any holes in your existing security programs.
- Keeping your personal documents backed up on another device or in the cloud. This way, you will not lose any of your valuable information if anything should go wrong with your computer.