What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to the user's operating system, files, or computer without providing access to their private data.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware can spread through various methods. Victims are typically infected through their email attachments, which may lead to infection if they open the attachment. This has been a popular way for ransomware to spread because it is attractive, easy, and effective for cybercriminals. Transmission of ransomware can also happen by exposing an end-user's computer to a drive-by download vulnerability or by opening an email that contains a malicious hyperlink that directs them to malware-laden webpages.
How Does Retrievedata Ransomware Work?
Retrievedata Ransomware is a version of ransomware that has been targeting hospitals in the healthcare industry. Using the Windows Command Prompt, the ransomware restricts access to folders and demands ransom payments for files that are under restriction. The restrictions on folders are displayed on the screen as messages like, "All documents will be deleted. You have encrypted them."
This type of ransomware also affects the user's computer with the start menu disabled and taskbar removed. Connections to removable devices can be blocked so that transferring of files is not allowed. Network access is disabled so that users cannot communicate with other computers over the network.
How to Remove Retrievedata Ransomware
Retrievedata Ransomware needs to be removed from your computer before it can cause any more damage. The best way to remove Retrievedata Ransomware depends on what you installed the malware with. If you installed it yourself, you should uninstall Retrievedata Ransomware from your computer and then use a malware removal tool to make sure all traces of the infection are present. There is a good chance that if this type of ransomware was spread among other people, they will know how you removed it and could share this information with other victims which allows them to remove the ransomware themselves from their device.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
Ransomware can be prevented by using anti-virus software on your computer. It is also important to make sure your internet connection is secure and use a firewall on your computer. For prevention purposes, it is recommended that you are running the latest version of Microsoft Windows which includes all the patches that are available for vulnerabilities that ransomware could exploit.
You should also keep an eye out for common email scams, as they are some of the most popular infection modes for ransomware to spread through. Do not open emails that you are not expecting, do not download files that you are unsure of their source, and protect yourself from phishing scams.
If your computer is already infected with Ransomware, you should follow our guide on how to remove this cyber threat from your device. If the ransomware has already infected other devices on your network or if it has stolen important information from your computer, it is critical that you take immediate action. Our security experts can assist in identifying whether your network is infected with ransomware, remove the infection(s) present on your system, and develop a network security action plan to prevent future attacks.