Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system in some way, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction.
Per Google for a “what is ransomware” query:
A type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
Even though this type of threat dates back as far as 1989 (“AIDS” trojan, also known as “PC Cyborg”), most of its notable examples belong to rather recent years. Some of them are:
- CryptoLocker.F and TorrentLocker
How to prevent ransomware get onto your device?
Avoid clicking malicious links or attachments and keep your operating system and software up to date. Have a comprehensive antivirus and security solution installed onto your device. The new Norton 360 is an example of security software that protects against ransomware.
Here is more information about ransomware and how to prevent it: What is Ransomware?