Lake Zurich Computer Services & Repair Warns PC Users About Ransomware
Ransomware is a virus that is disguised as a notice from Microsoft. It will lock up your computer and tell you to contact the number on the screen to get the problem fixed. The engineers at Lake Zurich Computer Services & Repair find this to be a common problem with slow running PCs.
Below is an image you might see if your computer is locked up by ransomware.
Here is what Microsoft has to saw about ransomware:
What does ransomware do?
There are different types of ransomware. However, all of them will prevent you from using your PC normally, and they will all ask you to do something before you can use your PC.
They can target any PC users, whether it’s a home computer, endpoints in an enterprise network, or servers used by a government agency or healthcare provider.
- Prevent you from accessing Windows.
- Encrypt files so you can’t use them.
- Stop certain apps from running (like your web browser).
Ransomware will demand that you pay money (a “ransom”) to get access to your PC or files. We have also seen them make you complete surveys.
There is no guarantee that paying the fine or doing what the ransomware tells you will give access to your PC or files again.
Read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/portal/mmpc/shared/ransomware.aspx
The video below gives you a good overview of ransomware. It is scary when your computer locks up on you
or you get an official looking notice that says something awful is happening with one of your accounts
What can you do to prevent ransomware?
The engineers at Lake Zurich Computer Services & Repair recommend you back up your files regularly and make sure you have a good security program on your computer to combat viruses and malware. If you are already a victim of ransomware and need help, be sure to call Lake Zurich Computer Services & Repair. 1-847-381-7960