Is your computer slow? Do you have constant popups? Are your applications not working as they should?
You may be dealing with malware or a virus. Common signs of infection are:
- Slow computer performance
- Odd popups or messages
- Unknown sounds playing
- You are unable to open applications
- Missing or corrupted files
Bring your computer in today. We can determine whether your computer has been infected or not. We offer professional removal services. We scan, detect, remove and provide further protection to prevent other viruses and forms of malware.
What is malware?
Malware is a term that is used for malicious software that is designed to do damage or unwanted actions to a computer system.
What is a computer virus?
A computer virus is a small software program that spreads from one computer to another and interferes with computer operation. A computer virus might corrupt or delete data on a computer, use an email program to spread the virus to other computers, or even delete everything on the hard disk.
TOP 10 RANSOMWARE ATTACKS
Locky is a form of ransomware that was initially launched by an organized group of hackers in a 2016 attack. Locky spreads by deceiving victims into installing it via false emails with infected attachments. It can encrypt over 160 file types.
In 2017, a ransomware outbreak known as WannaCry swept across 150 nations. It was purportedly built by the US National Security Agency and published by the Shadow Brokers organization. It was designed to attack a vulnerability in Windows. WannaCry infected 230,000 computers around the world. The hack impacted one-third of UK hospital trusts, costing the NHS £92 million.
Bad Rabbit is a ransomware attack from 2017 that spreads using a technique known as a “drive-by” attack, in which unsecured websites are targeted and used to carry out an attack.
The Ryuk ransomware, which was first discovered in August 2018, disables Windows System Restore, making it impossible to recover encrypted information without a backup. Ryuk encrypts network drives as well.
In 2015, the Troldesh ransomware assault propagated by spam emails containing infected links or attachments. Interestingly, the Troldesh perpetrators demanded ransoms directly from victims via email.
Jigsaw is a ransomware campaign that began in 2016 and continues to this day. The picture of the puppet from the Saw film franchise served as the inspiration for this attack. With each hour that the ransom demand went unmet, Jigsaw erased more of the victim’s files. The utilization of horror movie iconography in this attack added to the anguish of the victims.
CryptoLocker is a ransomware infection that originally appeared in 2007 and spreads via malicious email attachments. It looked for valuable data to encrypt and hold to ransom after it had gained access to your machine.
This ransomware encrypts the entire hard disk of the victim. It accomplishes this by encrypting the primary file table, making access to files on the drive impossible. Petya spread among HR departments after a phishing email with a bogus job application was sent out.
GoldenEye resulted in a global ransomware outbreak in 2017. GoldenEye, struck over 2,000 targets, including major Russian oil companies and banks. GoldenEye even compelled Chernobyl nuclear facility staff to physically check radiation levels after they were shut out of their Windows PCs.
GandCrab thieves claimed to have hacked a user’s webcam and demanded a ransom or the embarrassing film will be made public. GandCrab has grown into many variants since its debut in January 2018.