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What is ransomware?

Ransomware locks your computer or mobile device, or encrypts your files, holding them ransom until you pay a fee to the cybercriminals who hold them hostage.

If you don’t pay the ransom, cybercriminals can delete your photos and documents for good, or lock you out of your computer or mobile device permanently.

How does ransomware work?

If you visit a compromised website or click on a spammed email that contains ransomware, it can attack the data on your computer or mobile device. Ransom prices can reach $600 USD or more (typically in bitcoins). Ransomware is on the rise as Trend Micro has blocked over 100 million threats since October 2015i. And Android mobile ransomware threats have grown 15 times higher than they were in April 2015ii.

How do I prevent ransomware?

The best defense is a good offense. Block ransomware from entering your computer with Trend Micro™ Security. Industry experts recently recognized Trend Micro Security as blocking 100% of ransomware threatsiii as well as offering 100% effective protection against web threatsiv.

I think I may be a victim

If you suspect you have ransomware on your computer or mobile device, Trend Micro can help:

Best Practices

  • Block ransomware with Trend Micro™ Security.
  • Avoid opening unverified emails or clicking on their embedded links, which can start the ransomware installation process.
  • Back up your important files using the 3-2-1 rule: create three backup copies on two different media, with one of the backups in a separate location.
  • Regularly update software, programs, and applications, to ensure your apps are current, with the latest protections against new vulnerabilities.

i Trend Labs, April 2016: 99% of ransomware found in malicious emails or weblinks.
ii Trend Micro Mobile App Reputation Service database, June 2016.
iii AV-TEST Institute, Report commissioned by Trend Micro, July 2016
iv AV Comparatives, "Whole Product Dynamic Real-World Protection Test," April-June 2016.

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