Ransomware is a form of malware on your computer that can lock your screen, files or operating system temporarily. It does so with the expectation that you, the user, will fork over the cash to get yourself out of the bind that an exploitative transgressor has used to hold your machine hostage.
It’s been around for over 20 years now in one form or another, but never before has malware been so prevalent – and now, in an age where digital currencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, can be used to conceal such dubious transactions, it’s increasingly likely that you’ll encounter one of many ransomware ‘strains’ in the near or distant future.
Unfortunately, what’s less clear is what to do in the event that you’re struck by ransomware; with so many variables, including what type of ransomware you’ve fallen victim to, extricating yourself from an attack is no easy task. Luckily, we at TechRadar Pro are here to bail you out.