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What is ransomware?

ACCORDING to TrendMicro - a Japanese multinational security software company - ransomware is a piece of software which quite literally holds your computer to ransom.

It can take a number of forms - such as locking a user's access to their computer, to encrypting files on your hard drive, rendering them inaccessible.

Those holding the computers to ransom demand payment - usually through an online system such as Bitcoin - in order to make the computers usable again.

The Trend Micro website says: "Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system's screen or by locking the users' files unless a ransom is paid.

"More modern ransomware families, collectively categorised as crypto-ransomware, encrypt certain file types on infected systems and forces users to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods to get a decrypt key."

However tempting it may seem to pay the ransom, Trend Micro warns paying such fees does not guarantee they will actually decrypt your files.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 13, 2017
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