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What is Ransomware Virus and how to deal with it?

Dear users of computers, spread in the last year 2018 viruses pose a clear threat to the user and his personal data, both important and unimportant, after the legacy of viruses was limited to deletion and display ads here and there and some of the losses in the operating system only

Today we are in front of a new army under a new name called Ransomware Virus or Ransomware, this new epidemic came to encrypt files and ask the owner ransom .. So called a ransom virus, you may not know that this type of malware has existed for a long time, but was limited to some use Acts of aggression towards countries and organizations and each other so that it was spread in Russia only Donna from the rest of the world

But with the burgeoning currency market, such as Petequin and other currencies that can not be traced, and since there are many people working on more important files than before, since the size of the online market has ballooned since then, since we have a reason to pay and a way too, why not flourish? This is a cancerous epidemic that happens and holds on to one device so it moves to the rest of the devices on the network.

What is the ransom program?

Ransomware, is a malicious program that encrypts files and restricts access to them in any way under any circumstances to get the pressure factor on the user to get his money

In other words, it is a software extortion tool that takes you from all of your important files and gives you a message and a timeout in which you pay a certain amount of 1000 or 2000 or even 500 and maybe $ 300 through the encrypted electronic currency so you can not follow the offender and if you do not pay within the time limit The amount you need is one option: you will never get your files or data unless you get a way to delete Ransom Ware

First appeared in 2013 in its current form but was limited in Russia, with the growth of electronic currencies and the importance of data on personal computers became so famous that we are now seen in our Arab world, the first time we saw and made a huge fuss in 2017 WannaCry then turned The world has spread images from around the world for computers with a red screen and a message asking for money from a computer user

Economic losses estimated at $ 450 billion, for all Arab and Western countries and even the United States, a picture showing the magnitude of the problem caused by WannaCry Ransomware in the world

Countries affected by ransom virus
Map of countries affected by WannaCry Ransomware
And in the words of Norton Protection in its definition of this malicious virus

Lock and encrypt a victim’s computer data, then demand a ransom to restore access. In many cases, the victim must pay the cyber-criminal within a set amount of time or risk losing access forever. And since we’re dealing with criminals here, paying the ransom does not ensure access will be restored

Types of ransom virus

Ransomware has many different shapes, sizes, colors and applications and may differ in the structure of the malicious software and the amount of damage but they all agree on one thing,

Crypto Malware
This is the most common and most common type of ransom virus that simply encrypts all files until you pay the ransom

The most famous example is the WannaCry attack of 2017, which we referred to earlier, and this type is the most harmful species because it encrypts files, not just close or restrict access, but full encryption so that if you delete the structure of the code in the program will not be able to decrypt files only The methods often offered by security companies such as McAfee

Lockers
The second type, which targets the system files on the computer and not the normal data files, making access to both types of files something that may be impossible until you remove this encryption from the system files

In the sense that this type takes over the system files that make you able to access normal files on the computer and once you pay the ransom, the virus disappears from the files so that you can get your files again and reuse your device normally

Microsoft has repeatedly warned against closing security updates on PCs, whether personal or public, because the virus exploits the vulnerabilities that result from closing security updates.

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Hisham Elamrani, a Moroccan programmer and blogger, is a lover of technology, programming and protection, which is why I have created this blog and published lessons there. I am honored to visit the site and I hope you find everything useful and exclusive 🙂

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