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What is Ransomware

What is Ransomware

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Ransomware is malware that gets installed on a PC user’s workstation using social engineering attacks where the user gets tricked into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. Once the malware in on the machine, it starts to encrypt all data files it can find on the PC itself and any network shares the PC has access to.


When a user wants to access one of these files they are blocked and unable to use the file – this can be a severe problem for business’ critical data. The system administrator who investigates this problem typically finds two files in the directory that indicate the files are taken ransom, and how to pay the ransom to decrypt the files.

Once encrypted the only way to way to get them back is to restore a recent backup or pay the ransom. These ransoms are about $500 within the first deadline and can double if the deadline expires.


Ransomware uses social engineering techniques to trick the user into running it. Commonly, the victim receives an email with a password-protected ZIP file purported to be from a company.

The Ransomware gets run when the user opens the attached files, which are often ZIP files, DOC or PDFs. So when in doubt, delete the email and the attachment

Take a look at the document below to find out how to work safely:

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Digital Marketing Manager at MBC Managed IT
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