Ransomware: Here to Stay, and What to Do (or NOT do) About It

Not that long ago, few people had heard of ransomware. These days, though, news of attacks are commonplace. As thieves become greedier, their attacks get more sophisticated and widespread.

What exactly is ransomware? Is there anything you can do to avoid it? What should you do if your computer becomes infected with it? This article will answer those questions and more.

What Is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malicious software that hijacks your computer. It may make your computer practically unusable. In most cases, the hackers demand some sort of payment before you can regain control of your computer and its files.

A recent example is the fake HoeflerText font wasn’t found attack. This error message would appear when you visited certain blogs, and it would prompt you to update your Chrome browser’s font pack. In reality, though, the “update” would actually install ransomware that would take over your computer. The fake “HoeflerText font wasn’t found” error looks quite convincing, but it is actually very sinister.

How Can You Avoid Ransomware Attacks?

The best thing to do is to have a strong antivirus program installed, and make sure it is updated regularly. Be sure that the program you choose specifically scans for these kinds of attacks, and that it has a good reputation among consumers. A quick Internet search for “[antivirus program name] reviews” will often prove helpful.

What Should You Do If You Are Infected With Ransomware?

The most important thing to remember is this: Do not panic. Although an attack like this can seem pretty scary, all hope is not lost. In some cases, it may even be possible to recover your files without paying the criminals who have hijacked them.

Your best bet is to get help from computer experts. We can help you identify the type of attack, its impact on your computer, and your options for recovery. Contact us online or call (928) 649-8324 to get your computer repaired. We service Cornville, Sedona, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, and all the Verde Valley.