Ransomware is a type of malware that locks you out of your files or entire system then blackmails you into handing over money (usually in the form of cryptocurrency) to regain access to your own properties.
Ransomware-infected systems display ransom notes containing the attacker’s demands. Some even come with timers and the threats that if you don’t pay up before time runs out, you’ll never see your files or be able to use your computer again.
Imagine yourself all set for your weekend movie marathon. But as you get comfortable on your sofa, you realize the remote control is nowhere to be found. That’s when you hear a voice calling out, “You can’t watch your movies until you mow the lawn first!” That’s essentially how ransomware works.
You can learn more about ransomware in our article What is Ransomware: How It Works and How to Remove It.
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