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Ransomware! The latest online threat.

Ransomware. Latest online threat.As if traditional viruses, malware, and spyware weren't enough - now we have a new threat called Ransomware. By definition, ransomware is a type of malware that severely or completely restricts access to a user's computer, device or file until the user pays a "ransom." It is a fraudulent, criminal money-making scheme that can be installed by the user clicking on a deceptive link in an email message, instant message or website. It can completely lock up your computer's screen or encrypt personal, files requiring you to obtain a password to regain access.

Types of Ransomware
The simplest and most common type of ransomware is called Scareware. It usually appears as antivirus software and shows fake alerts that your computer is infected with various issues. It then requires an online payment to fix them. Sometimes, scareware bombards users with constant alerts and pop-up messages and other times it prevents the computer from working at all.

Another type of ransomware attempts to impersonate a law enforcement agency claiming the user has been caught performing illegal activities online. Files are then locked in difficult to crack, encrypted files, making it nearly impossible for users to recover unless the requested ransom is paid.

Typical ransomware attacks usually ask for amounts of $100 to $200 from a personal user. Other attacks seek much higher amounts, especially if the attacker knows the data they're holding hostage will cause significant direct financial losses to a company.

No matter what the scenario, there is no guarantee that the user will ever fully regain their system again once a ransom is paid. In fact, this could open the door to even greater financial loss. Some ransomware hackers demand victims pay the ransom through Bitcoin, MoneyPak or other online payment methods connected to sensitive banking information. Attackers could also direct the user to enter credit card data, adding and even higher level of financial loss.

Prevention and Removal
You should always make sure your firewalls are on, pay attention to your own anti-virus software's warnings when visiting questionable websites and be alert when opening any link in email messages. Hackers have learned to disguise themselves under an email address that may be familiar to you and that you would normally not think twice about opening.

Having a professional from Computer Corner perform a thorough scan of your systems can mean the difference between peace of mind and chaos. Contact our tech experts today.

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What Others Say About Computer Corner

Michael came to our office and fixed our iMac. He was very thorough and had it up and running in no time. Our office never missed a beat!

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July 12, 2019

They did a great job in setting up my new laptop. They loaded new software and they moved over all my data and programs from a 12-year-old desktop. I'm thrilled with the new, faster computer and having all my old systems still working!!

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June 28, 2019

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May 7, 2019

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May 7, 2019

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January 31, 2019

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January 28, 2019

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Monica Kilburn
January 28, 2019

I had a hard drive go down on a piece of video equipment. Michael and Computer Corner had me up and running in just a few days (parts had to be ordered). Thank you Computer Corner!

Bryan Rudolph
January 18, 2019

My son owns a computer businness in NC so when we needed someone local, we got a recommendation for Computer Corner from a friend. I am more than pleased. I will recommend them in a heartbeat. They communicated the status of my computer to me by text and the work was done very fast and the turnaround would probably have been faster if it hadn't been Thanksgiving week.

Casey Todd
November 28, 2018

Best experience I've had with laptop repairs in Florida. Answered my many questions quickly, informed me of all of my options, and made sure I took home a well tuned machine. All repairs are costly no matter where you go, but at least you get what you pay for with the helpful staff here. As I type this, I'm planning another trip to see them.

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November 21, 2018