By Roman Levesque
Ransomware is the newest form of computer virus, and it is hitting computers and holding them for ransom, meaning you cannot do anything on your computer unless you pay a ransom to get it off of your computer. The problem is that even when you pay this so called ransom, your computer is still infected.
I am here to tell you not to pay online for this virus to be removed.
Do not throw away your good money. Call a professional with expertise in removing these viruses.
The tactics taken by scammers employing ransomware can be frightening. Many customers have been told by a pop-up screen that the FBI was watching them, and accused them of doing many nefarious acts on their computer, child pornography being the most often-quoted crime.
People have been told to pay $200 dollars for a card, whereupon they were to send the number on the card to a pop-up screen chat window to resolve the matter. No matter the form the scam takes, the virus will attempt to extort money from the system’s users by forcing them to purchase either a program to decrypt the files it had encrypted, or an unlock code which will remove the locks it had applied. These payments are often requested to be delivered by wire transfer, premium-rate text messages, or through an online payment voucher service such as Ukash or Paysafecard.
This form of encrypted malware was created in Russia in the year 2005. In 2010 the Russian authorities arrested 10 individuals who were able to extort about $16 million dollars through this particular scam. That virus or Trojan was called Winlock. It was a non-encrypted Trojan, and at least once the ransom was paid, the perpetrators released the computer.
Unfortunately, now if you pay these new and improved crooks, your computer will still be affected and unusable. There is also no known antivirus at this time that is able to fight this computer takeover.
If you receive one of the many different ransomware viruses, you will want to turn off your computer right away, making it hard for the virus to embed itself upon your boot files as well as any other important files. You will want to take it as soon as possible to your nearest computer repair shop. It is nearly impossible for those who do not know how to get rid of this ransomware Trojan.
Though not foolproof, keeping your antivirus program up to date, and using an antimalware protection program, helps to keep these malicious Trojans at bay. Also, using a pop-up blocker or ad aware program helps.
Roman Levesque owns Tech Mob, a computer repair business in Monroe that is qualified to handle ransomeware viruses.