As mentioned more than once by our editorial staff at Anti Explorator Ransomware is still one of the most dangerous and current threats towards your online security. To avoid being the victim of Ransomware you need to keep yourself updated at all times when new threats emerges, this warning is not to be taken lightly.
Some of the newest Ransomware threats are “Popcorn Time”, “Golden Eye” and “Koolova” common for all of them is the way the infect and effects your computer, there is however a big difference in the way they act and operate. Learn more about these threats below.
A very sophisticated type af Ransomware that not only infects your computer but actually urges you to infect other computers, so you can get rid of yours. Trying to rid your computer of Popcorn time in that way is illegal, and have not shown to have any effect on users trying it. The most dangerous part of Popcorn Time is the piece of unfinished code in the program, so far no one have been able to tell what this might be used for in the future. (Note that the name has nothing in common with the highly popular website)
Another new type of Ransomware that locks your computer but with the possibility to “buy” the unlock. The odd thing about Koolova is that the program actually asks the user to read two articles about Ransomware, in return removes the lock from your computer. If the program detects that, you are reading the articles to slow it will begin erasing your files!
If you however read the articles fast enough you can ask for a key to unlock your computer, and it does seem to work. No one have yet understood the odd nature of this program.
If you are in the HR Business Golden Eye could be your worst nightmare. This Ransomware specifically target individuals in the HR business. The user is sent two messages, the first one is a PDF-file with no remarks, and the other is an Excel sheet that contains malicious code. It is paramount that you do not activate this code in Excel. If you are unsure if you can trust any files you might receive, do not under any circumstances open the files. You can instead contact the application or your IT administrator.
Common for all types of Ransomware is that they only function if you actually give them access to your computer. Remember to only open/run files from people that you trust. You should also use a security program like Anti Explorator to scan files received from any source.
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