What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system. It asks for a ransom in return to restore access to user files.
There are three types of ransomware malware that circulate on the web:
- Encryption ransomware: where files are encrypted with strong cryptography and the key is demanded by the malware's creator or distributor. This is the most common type of ransomware and the usual suspect in major ransomware incidents.
- Data destruction ransomware: These types of ransomware aim to permanently lock away a system's files with no hope of recovery. While encryption ransomware tends to aim for monetary gain, Data destruction ransomware's sole purpose is to lock away and essentially destroy a target system or network infrastructure.
- Scareware: which displays fake messages or warnings regarding a user's computer being compromised in ransomware. The goal of these types of ransomware attacks is to trick the user into sending a payment despite their files not being locked by the malware.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware usually spreads from one machine to another through email messages, websites, or social media networks. An unsuspecting user opens an email attachment or visits a link in the message that launches an executable file on their device. Some ransomware can also be installed without user interaction by using vulnerabilities in operating systems and then self-propagates by exploiting security flaws and automatically installing infectious code on other devices connected to the network.
How to Remove Vzlom Ransomware
To remove Vzlom Ransomware, you have first to download and install anti-malware software. Once done, search for the malicious files on your computer and delete them. This is very important to do so that there is no chance of Vzlom Ransomware reinstalling itself back onto your system.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
- Install anti-malware software and ensure it is updated with the latest signature updates to cover any newly discovered malware.
- Do not open emails from unknown senders or download attachments from unrecognized sources.
- Avoid opening hyperlinks from unknown sources, especially if they are sent in email messages. Do not execute files received through email attachments that have been sent by unknown entities.