Get rid of ransomware
“In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to avoid ransomware, or rescue your PC if it’s already infected”
Ransomware is a particularly nasty type of malware (malicious software) that encrypts your valuable files and won’t release them until you’ve paid a fee – usually several hundreds of pounds. Last year, computer systems in over 150 countries were affected by a virulent strain of ransomware called WannaCry, with victims including universities and hospitals. It’s a serious problem, but there are ways to avoid it, and to protect your files in case the worst happens.
If your PC is infected, you might be unable to access your documents, or you might not be able to log in at all. In either case, the most important thing is not to panic, and don’t be tempted to pay the fee to unlock your files. There’s no guarantee that they will be released, and even if they are, your money will be lining the pockets of criminals. Take a deep breath – it’ll be fine.
Cat’s best tip! Only install one anti-virus program on your PC at a time. Multiple AV programs can cause conflicts… or worse.