What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that installs itself by tricking the user into opening an executable attachment, program or download link. Once installed, it will lock down the system until a ransom is paid to regain access to your files.
How Does Ransomware Spread?
Ransomware is often delivered through phishing emails and Trojans. These are attachments or links to programs in emails that are disguised as something else, such as invoices, bills or PDFs. The ransomware may also be offered as a free download on websites updating pirated software.
How Does W2tnk Ransomware Work?
W2tnk Ransomware will encrypt the user's files, delete them, and then display a message that says you can't decrypt them. It will then prompt you to contact W2tnk Ransomware in order to use the cybercriminal's decryption service to get your files back.
The first thing that you should do is to create an image of your system. An image is a copy of the entire hard drive and will allow you to restore your system if ransomware attempts to infect it again. Next, scan your computer for viruses with up-to-date antivirus software or use a third-party scanner. You can also try restoring your system from a backup if you have one saved and backed up regularly. If not, then make a backup now!
If these methods fail or are too complicated, contact an expert for help removing W2tnk Ransomware and decrypting files.
How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware
The majority of ransomware is delivered through email or a fake download link. Be sure to educate yourself about spam email and social engineering practices. Practice good computer security and be careful what you click on.
- Turn on backup programs for your PC, laptop, or tablet. Make sure they're updated regularly too.
- Enable VPN when using public wifi networks, even if it's "pay as you go".
- Secure mobile devices with locks and passwords, including fingerprint scanners on newer models that allow this feature (most do).
- When you get a new device, check for security updates as soon as possible.
- When you get a call or email, if you don't recognize the number or the device (phone, tablet), don't answer or download the attachment.
- Be on guard for phishing scams. These will often ask for your credit card or bank account information and more.