Ransomware is a type of malware specifically designed for extortion. There are many variants of ransomware, but the premise is always the same, ransomware will stop access to your device or the data on it until you pay a ransom. A countdown timer on a lock screen with a threatening message and a deadline for payment is a common feature.
Often victims are infected through fraudulent emails designed to trick the recipients into downloading an attached file. This file may appear to be a document or invoice, but it is actually malware. The fraudulent emails often appear to be from reputable, well-known businesses, so think twice before opening an email attachment.
Steps to protect yourself from ransomware
- Do not download attachments from unknown/untrusted sources
- Use a reputable security solution
- Regularly backup your computer (to a non-attached drive)
- Keep your software and operating systems updated
- Disable files running from AppData/LocalAppData folders (learn more)
- Disable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
How ESET Internet Security can protect you
ESET Internet Security delivers rock-solid protection for everyday web users, built on ESET’s trademark best mix of detection, speed and usability.
ESET Technology that protects against ransomware
Network Attack Protection: prevents the spread of ransomware by protecting against vulnerabilities
DNA Detections: performs deep analysis of code, extracting the “genes” that are responsible for its behaviour
ESET Live Grid: malware from the global ESET user base is analysed and automatic identity updates are sent to protect your computer without requiring a virus signature update.
Antispam: protect against unwanted and potentially harmful emails.
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